Ford Fusion Energi – Range Anxiety
Did you know that 40% of Americans are worried about how far their car can go on a full tank of gas? The same goes for a battery charge on a hybrid vehicle, according to a new survey. Ford has a new car that can help alleviate that worry: the Ford Fusion Energi
We know that Ford is America’s best-selling plug-in hybrid brand. Now Ford is offering a plug-in hybrid that can go further than any other. The new 2017 Ford Fusion Energi can travel 610 miles on a full tank of gas and battery charge. This is according to EPA estimates posted to fueleconomy.gov and is the highest combined range of any plug-in hybrid sold in America. How awesome is that?
The March 2016 Harris Poll of more than 1,000 U.S. adults also finds Americans believe the longest-range plug-in hybrid can go 261 miles. This is less than half the Fusion Energi’s range. This significant underestimation shows the divide between truth and what consumers believe.
“Plug-in hybrids are electric vehicles until you run down the battery,” said Wade Jackson, marketing manager for Ford Fusion, “then they work exactly like a conventional hybrid. Fusion Energi – with a full battery and a full tank of gas – can go from San Diego, through Los Angeles and all the way up to San Francisco, and still have up to 110 miles of range remaining.”
Ford made changes to the car’s hybrid powertrain software and regenerative braking. It recycles energy to the battery otherwise lost when drivers hit the brakes. This means the 2017 Fusion Energi can travel up to 610 miles on a full tank of gas and battery charge. This is up from 550 miles for the 2016 model.
Plug-in hybrids use both electric batteries and gas-powered engines. Normally, a vehicle owner will run on all-electric mode until the electricity is depleted, at which point the engine turns on automatically. The Fusion Energi’s all-electric range is an estimated 21 miles. If there is gas in the tank, the car will then operate for about a mile using both battery and gas. After that, the gas engine kicks in for another 588 miles of range – according to EPA estimates.
If you’re interested in learning more about the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi, give Beach Automotive a call today!