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Oct 02

Road Test – 2017 Ford Fusion Energi SE

EV, Logo, Road Test Special, Iain Shankland, 2017 Ford EnergiI’ve loved the look of the present generation Fusion sever since I laid eyes on it – when it’s approaching from the opposite direction it looks a lot like an Aston Martin from the front. However, for 2017 Ford has seen fit to re-style the Fusion to make it look more like a Ford. In addition to the new grill and front fascia it also gets LED headlights, tail lights and fog lights, along a new rear fascia and spiffy redesigned 17-inch wheels. Inside, there is now a rotary-style gear selector – very Jaguaresque, a longer armrest and improved access to the open storage area in the lower dashboard. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 10

How Does Cold Weather Affect Fuel Economy?

Cold weather and winter driving conditions can reduce your fuel economy significantly. Fuel economy tests show that, in short-trip city driving, a conventional gasoline car’s gas mileage is about 12% lower at 20°F (6°C) than it would be at 77°F (25°C). It can drop as much as 22% for very short trips (3 to 4 miles). The effect on hybrid vehicles is worse. Their fuel economy can drop about 31% to 34% under winter conditions. These conclusions are based on an analysis by Oak Ridge National Laboratory comparing EPA Federal Test Procedure (FTP) results for 600 conventional vehicles and 14 hybrids under “normal” temperatures (around 77°F / 25°C) and cold-weather conditions (20°F / 6°C).www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/coldweather.shtml, Road-Test.org

According to the DOE/EPA website fueleconomy.gov, cold weather can affect your vehicle in more ways than you might expect: Read the rest of this entry »

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Jun 23

Mitsubishi announces pricing for its all-electric i-MiEV + Road Test….

Toronto, Ontario – Mitsubishi has announced pricing for its all-electric i-MiEV, which will start at $32,998 when it goes on sale later this year.

The company said that the four-door, four-passenger subcompact hatchback will be the most affordable mass-produced all-electric vehicle in the Canadian marketplace. The i-MiEV has a top speed of 130 km/h and a targeted range of 135 kilometres, which will make it “an excellent commuter vehicle for many Canadians living in urban areas,” the company said. The standard i-MiEV will have an MSRP of $32,998, while the top-line i-MiEV with Premium Package will be $35,998.

Ontario and Quebec have already announced subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles. Ontario’s credit of $8,230 will reduce the i-MiEV’s net MSRP to $24,768, while Quebec’s $7,769 credit will reduce it to $25,229. Quebec will also offer a 50 per cent subsidy on the purchase and installation of a home charger to a maximum of $1,000.

I’m re-posting my review on the i-MiEV here on Flagworld. Here’s what I thought about it…..

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