Ford’s Fusion and Lincoln MKZ Hybrids Do the Trick
Bedford Hills, N.Y.-based MTC Limousine & Corporate Coach is meeting demand for green transport with Ford & Lincoln vehicles – and burning less than half the fuel that was consumed by its old Crown Vic-platform Town Cars.
A broad average, conservatively estimated, including the higher burn rates for summertime air conditioning, has been better than 34 miles per gallon with the hybrids, says MTC fleets and technology VP Joe Brunetto. The Town Cars, he says, averaged about 16 mpg.
The Ford hybrid drive, he says, “really performs well in the around-town or bumper-to-bumper environment.”
No Problems Ever with Batteries
What’s more, Brunetto told F&F, in all his years of operating hybrids, starting with GN Tahoe SUVs in 2008 and keeping vehicles for 200,000 to 250,000 miles, “We’ve never had a hybrid battery issue.”
Compressed natural gas, he says, failed to pass muster at MTC because of the New York City area’s lack of a truly public accessible CNG fueling infrastructure.
MTC’s cars are stretched by Royale Limousine of Haverhill, Mass. Royale offers the Lincoln as the Hybrid L MKZ – L stands for “livery.” The more basic Ford sedan, which also gets an upgraded interior, is the Hybrid L Fusion.
Royale’s collective designation is HELV – for Hybrid Electric Livery Vehicles.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels inquiry, correspondence and interview