Electric Hybrids Propelling EPA to Revise Its Test Procedures
The Environmental Protection Agency has launched an evaluation of whether the ways it tests gas mileage give realistic window-sticker ratings for advanced hybrid cars.
The probe centers on a generation of hybrids capable of highway speeds on electric power alone. Chris Grundler, EPA’s director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, said he wants to be sure the EPA’s testing procedures are keeping up with rapidly evolving auto technology.
“This is a different type of hybrid, and we need to understand it,” he said.
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