Thinking of replacing your fleet of gasoline only powered cars with some hybrids, or do you think that hybrid technology is just a hype?


No matter what you think, it is hard to argue with the fact that almost every major auto manufacturer is building some type of hybrid and there is a “mileage war” or sorts, to see which car builder can one-up the competition with the best EPA rating.  The latest foray from Ford, the C-Max appears to be at the top of the heap right now with an EPA rating of 47 mpg.

Plus, Ford is working hard to promote just what their Focus sized C-Max hybrid can do.

They even had a recent contest to see who could get the best mileage out of the car, and posted the results on Facebook.

You can see from the post that the winning driver got an astounding 61.7 mpg.  An remember, that hybrids generally get the best mileage in stop and go traffic.  That means that this driver was probably using many of the techniques involved in Ecodriving.

Things like being easy when adding throttle to help the electric motor to stay on longer.  Reading intersections in order to brake earlier, lighter and longer to help regenerate electric power.  And all the while, probably getting their destinations at the same time as other drivers.

It is proof that what a driver does behind wheel can sometimes matter as much or even more than what is under the hood.  And, combining the two elements – driver behavior and vehicle potential – like an Ecodriver in a C-Max – is unbeatable.

Think about that the next time the thought occurs to you to replace that fleet of yours.

Ecodriving – it works.

About Mike Speck

Lead facilitator and Master Ecodriving trainer for Ecodriving Solutions.
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