win the Indy 500. Stop-light Grand Prix indeed. Under those circumstances, no car will come close to their EPA numbers. Anyone who has driven a hybrid in the same manner as the EPA testing process knows that to do this, you need to get used to folks honking at you and giving you dirty looks. Real world, yea right. But, this is the system that we have and the EPA adjusts the process periodically to get closer to real world numbers and maybe it's time for another adjustment. I understand consumer frustration with fuel economy numbers. Consumers want Ferrari performance and great mileage too. We're getting closer to that day, but it ain't here yet. All that new tech and all. If you read the sticker, it states that the numbers are estimates and that your mileage will vary. I guess folks just like to sue to make a quick buck and all the lawsuits do is make cars more expensive (somebody's got to pay for the damages and legal fees). When companies exaggerate mileage numbers as Hyundai supposedly did, that is one thing, But consumers need to take responsibility for their part of the problem, their driving styles. The next time you come up behind a hybrid driver that is driving reeeeally slowly to stay in electric-only mode, they are just trying to maximize their fuel economy. Give them a break and just go around them when it is safe to do so.
I recently went with a friend on a car hunt and was glad that the dealers we visited, quoted the EPA numbers, but stated that most drivers get less. Honesty is the best policy. I think that the disenfranchised owners that are suing, didn't have either reputable dealers or dealer personnel that understood how to sell a hybrid or diesel vehicle. And with today's plug-in hybrids, it requires more explaining. Wait 'til folks get a load of VW's new XL-1 Diesel-hybrid (below) that gets around 200 mpg (yes, it is going into limited production). VW dealers, you've got some 'splaning to do. Can't wait.
Today's cars are getting better and better and the future looks bright. At some point we will have to wean ourselves from fossil fuels, and EVs, hybrids, and even diesels (with bio-diesel) will be leading the charge.