EPA: New Ford Fusion Energi Delivers 620-Mile Range, 21 in EV Mode;
Beats Honda Accord, Toyota Prius PHEVs
New Fusion Energi sedan is Ford's newest plug-in hybrid capable of
making trips of up to 620 miles without having to stop for gas or to
recharge the battery when starting with a fully charged battery and
full gas tank
Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid delivers up to 21 miles in
electric-only mode nearly triple the electric-only range of the
Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid and double the Honda Accord plug-in
Fusion Energi is Ford's second production plug-in hybrid the
all-new Ford C-MAX Energi has been available since November rounding
out a list of five Ford electrified vehicles that have launched since
The vehicles in Ford's all-new electrified lineup have been
sprinting out of the gate December marked the second consecutive
month in which the company set a record for hybrid vehicle sales;
nearly 20,000 Ford hybrids were sold in the fourth quarter
DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 17, 2013 Already Ford's most fuel-efficient
sedan, the all-new Fusion Energi now has an EPA-rated total range of
up to 620 miles and the ability to drive up to 21 miles in
electric-only mode, nearly triple the electric-only range of plug-in
hybrids from Toyota and Honda.
With its 620 mile range, the new Fusion Energi can travel from Boston
to Virginia Beach on one tank of gas and one full charge or traverse
the West Coast's scenic Highway 101 from Sacramento to San Diego.
And the stellar range only adds to the benefits Fusion Energi boasts,
including EPA-rated fuel economy figures of 108 MPGe city, 92 MPGe
highway and 100 MPGe combined up to 5 MPGe greater than Toyota Prius
plug-in hybrid. These are numbers that the EPA anticipates could help
save customers an estimated $6,850 in fuel costs compared with an
average new car over the course of five years.
Similar metrics across its entire lineup have helped the Ford brand
climb to No. 1 in fuel efficiency customer satisfaction J.D. Power
says Ford now beats Toyota for leading fuel efficiency in every
segment where both compete.
Ford sold more hybrids in the fourth quarter of 2012 than in any other
three-month period during the company's entire history with 19,554
units sold. Fusion Energi is the Ford brand's fifth electrified
vehicle to launch in the past year.
"Fusion Energi rounds out Ford's list of available electrified
vehicles perfectly by delivering another option to those who want to
drive a hybrid without sacrificing comfort and convenience," said
Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development. "In
fact, Fusion Energi's ability to drive up to 620 miles without
stopping for gas or to charge a battery almost epitomizes
Fusion Energi benefits from 20 years of research and innovation behind
the software and hardware technology it offers, incorporating many of
the nearly 500 patents Ford holds in the area of hybrid technology.
This extensive experience with hybrid technology shows in the product
now available. The car's powersplit technology which allows for more
efficient operation of the vehicle consists of more than 200 patents
Consider the vehicle's top electric-only speed of 85 mph a full 23
mph faster than Toyota Prius plug-in. Further, Fusion Energi delivers
total horsepower of 195 with a fully charged battery 60 more
horsepower than the Prius plug-in.
Fusion Energi also boasts standard features such as active park assist
and SYNC® with MyFord Touch®.
Fusion Energi sets itself apart in other ways, too. For example, it
offers the latest generation of SmartGauge® with EcoGuide. Designed to
help drivers get the most from Fusion, information such as
instantaneous fuel economy can be displayed on one of two 4.2-inch LCD
screens, helping drivers more closely monitor how their driving
behavior affects vehicle efficiency.
In the right cluster, redesigned imagery of green leaves shows overall
driving efficiency. The left cluster can display numerous screens that
contain information about the vehicle and how it's being driven. Brake
Coach, for example, helps drivers optimize their use of the
regenerative braking system so that driving range can be maximized
through proper braking techniques.
EV+ is a feature that learns frequent destinations by combining the
built-in GPS of Ford SYNC with proprietary software algorithms
developed by Ford engineers. As a result, vehicles deliver more drive
time in electric-only mode.
The MyFord® Mobile smartphone application (available soon) allows
users to monitor charging, receive alerts, find charge stations, plan
trips and do more from their smartphones or computers for an
effortless transition to an electrified vehicle lifestyle.
"Ford's electrified vehicles offer a great combination of
efficiency, performance, technology and affordability that we believe
will help spur adoption of these advanced vehicles," says Kevin
Layden, director, Ford Electrification Programs and Engineering.
Consider other Fusion Energi features:
Eco cruise: Saves vehicle energy by relaxing acceleration compared
to standard cruise control
EV mode button: Conveniently mounted on the console to the right of
the shifter, allows a driver to switch vehicle operation between three
modes: all-electric, normal hybrid operation and conserve battery
power for later use
Regenerative braking: Capable of capturing and reusing more than 95
percent of the braking energy normally lost during the braking
Hybrid transmission: Designed by Ford engineers in-house, this
transmission is capable of operating at high speeds and in a smooth,
fuel-efficient manner at the same time
Advanced lithium-ion batteries: The batteries used in Ford's
electrified vehicle lineup covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile
component limited warranty are smaller and lighter than previous
generation nickel-metal-hydride batteries
Charge port with LED light ring: Conveniently located on the
driver's side and near the front of the car, it features a light ring
that illuminates to indicate charge status
Fusion Energi gives customers yet another Ford option when shopping
for an electrified vehicle already available are Focus Electric,
Fusion Hybrid, C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi.
Three of the vehicles Focus Electric, C-MAX Energi and now Fusion
Energi have received EPA ratings of 100 MPGe combined or more. Focus
Electric is America's most fuel-efficient compact car with an
EPA-rated 110 MPGe city, 99 MPGe highway and 105 MPGe combined. C-MAX
Energi is EPA-rated at 108 MPGe city, 92 MPGe highway and 100 MPGe
Focus Electric went on sale in late 2011, followed by C-MAX Hybrid and
C-MAX Energi the two vehicles that make up Ford's first hybrid-only
line in North America this past autumn. More about Ford's
electrified vehicles can be found here.
With Fusion Energi and Fusion Hybrid, the all-new lineup of Fusion
vehicles brings the widest range of powertrain options to the U.S.
midsize segment. Fusion also is available in gas-powered versions with
a choice between two fuel-efficient EcoBoost® four-cylinder engines.
In addition, Fusion is available with Ford's patented Auto Start-Stop
system, which automatically shuts off the engine at stationary idle to
help save customers fuel in stop-and-go city driving.
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