• 2013 Ford Fusion Energi: The all-new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will deliver more than 100 MPGe, a miles-per-gallon equivalency metric.

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Energi: The all-new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will deliver more than 100 MPGe, a miles-per-gallon equivalency metric.

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Energi: The all-new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will deliver more than 100 MPGe, a miles-per-gallon equivalency metric.

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Energi: The all-new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will deliver more than 100 MPGe, a miles-per-gallon equivalency metric.

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Energi: The all-new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will deliver more than 100 MPGe, a miles-per-gallon equivalency metric.

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Energi: The all-new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will deliver more than 100 MPGe, a miles-per-gallon equivalency metric.

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Energi: The all-new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will deliver more than 100 MPGe, a miles-per-gallon equivalency metric.

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Energi: The all-new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will deliver more than 100 MPGe, a miles-per-gallon equivalency metric.

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Energi: The all-new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will deliver more than 100 MPGe, a miles-per-gallon equivalency metric.

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Energi: The all-new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will deliver more than 100 MPGe, a miles-per-gallon equivalency metric.

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Energi: The all-new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will deliver more than 100 MPGe, a miles-per-gallon equivalency metric.

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Energi: The all-new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will deliver more than 100 MPGe, a miles-per-gallon equivalency metric.

When Ford unveiled the 2013 Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, it said it expected the car to get "up to 100 mpge." Late yesterday, Ford announced that official EPA rating is actually 108 MPGe in the city, which makes the Fusion Energi, "America's most fuel-efficient sedan." The Fusion Energi also gets 92 MPGe on the highway, for a combined rating of 100 MPGe.

For a quick comparison of other non-luxury plug-in hybrids, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt gets 98 MPGe (combined) and the Toyota Prius Plug-In gets 95 MPGe. So, while the Fusion Energi wins that contest (well, it ties with the C-Max Energi – and we don't yet know what the numbers will be for the Honda Accord plug-in hybrid), we'd like to know how it fares when the lithium-ion battery runs out of juice. After all, the C-Max Energi drops to 43 combined miles per gallon on gasoline only. Ford's announcement doesn't say what the Fusion Energi gets in hybrid mode, but we know this information will be released by the EPA soon enough.

The Fusion Energi starts at $39,495.
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Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid Rated Up to 108 MPGe City, Making It America's Most Fuel-Efficient Sedan; Ford Projects Best Hybrid Sales Quarter Ever

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
  • The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will offer up to an EPA-estimated 108 MPGe city, making it America's most fuel-efficient sedan by besting Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid by 5 MPGe
  • Ford projects 19,000-plus hybrid/electric vehicle sales in the fourth quarter of this year, making it the company's best quarter for hybrids ever and besting its own previous hybrid vehicle sales record by more than 50 percent; more than half of hybrid sales this year expected to come in this period
  • Fusion Energi delivers power of choice for leading fuel economy as Ford's fifth electrified vehicle launching in the last 13 months and the fifth powertrain for the all-new Fusion, recently voted Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal
  • Ford is seeing demand for fuel economy across its lineup as the brand ranks No. 1 in fuel economy customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and now beats Toyota for leading efficiency in every segment where both compete
The 2013 Ford Fusion – recently voted Green Car of the Year – just got greener as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certified the new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid at up to 108 MPGe, making it America's most fuel-efficient sedan.

Fusion Energi is the Ford brand's fifth electrified vehicle to launch in the past year and is expected to accelerate the company's record hybrid sales pace, including its highest monthly hybrid sales month ever in November. Ford is seeing demand for fuel economy across its lineup as the brand ranks No. 1 in fuel economy customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and now beats Toyota for leading efficiency in every segment where both compete.

The EPA also certified Fusion Energi to deliver up to 92 MPGe highway and a combined 100 MPGe – figures that could potentially help save customers an estimated $6,850 in fuel costs compared with an average new car over the course of five years.

"The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is the exclamation point for Ford's transformed lineup of fuel-efficiency leaders that now beats Toyota across the board," said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development.

Adding to Fusion Energi's value – and the myriad ways it beats Toyota Prius plug-in – are its innovative technologies that are designed to help win over both novice and pro hybrid owners.

SmartGauge® with EcoGuide, for example, provides in-vehicle customizable displays, including instantaneous fuel economy readings and coaching functions to help drivers understand and optimize their fuel efficiency.

SYNC® with MyFord Touch® offers multiple ways – including voice commands – for customers to manage and control their phone, available navigation, entertainment and climate functions. Plug-in hybrids and all-electric models have additional options for monitoring information like battery state of charge.

EV+ combines the built-in GPS of Ford SYNC with proprietary software algorithms developed by Ford engineers to learn frequent destinations. As a result, vehicles give drivers more drive time in electric-only mode.

Such technologies have helped get sales for Ford's electrified vehicle lineup up and running. With more than 19,000 hybrid vehicle sales projected, the automaker expects total fourth-quarter hybrid sales to set an all-time record for a three-month period, with more than half of hybrid sales this year expected to come in the fourth quarter.

In fact, C-MAX became the fastest-selling hybrid ever at launch after 8,030 units were sold in October and November, the first two months C-MAX was on the market. The pace beat Toyota Camry Hybrid's 7,300 sales in its first two full months of availability in May and June 2006.

"The response to C-MAX really shows the amount of pent-up demand from a specific market for C-segment hybrids," says C.J. O'Donnell, marketing manager, Ford Electrified Vehicles. "Fusion Energi has a different audience in the midsize sedan market, but delivers many of the characteristics and technologies that make C-MAX Energi so great, which is why we're anticipating a similar positive response."

C-MAX is geared toward those most concerned with fuel economy, but designed so that owners aren't forced to sacrifice comfort and convenience.

Fusion is designed with the driver's sense of style in mind, delivering a midsize sedan that offers functional design elements that enhance its sleek exterior and promote fuel economy. A video explaining the origin of Fusion Energi can be found here.

With Fusion Energi and Fusion Hybrid, the all-new Fusion lineup 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 a pair of fuel-efficient EcoBoost® engines and a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine.

The addition of 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 or more. Focus Electric delivers EPA-estimated ratings of 110 MPGe city, 99 MPGe highway and 105 MPGe combined, making it America's most fuel-efficient five-passenger car. C-MAX Energi has an EPA-estimated rating of 108 MPGe city, 92 MPGe highway and 100 MPGe combined.

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.

Fusing technologies
Many of the innovative technologies of Fusion Energi are shared across Ford's electrified vehicle lineup and draw from the automaker's portfolio of about 500 patents related specifically to hybrid technology:
  • MyFord® Mobile: Enables access via smartphone or Web-based interface to perform key tasks, such as monitoring a vehicle's state of charge and current range or locating charge stations and planning routes to find them
  • 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 is capable of capturing and reusing more than 90 percent of the braking energy normally lost during the braking process
  • Hybrid transmission, designed by Ford engineers in-house, is capable of operating at high speeds and in a smooth, fuel-efficient manner at the same time
  • Advanced lithium-ion batteries used in Ford's electrified vehicle lineup – covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile component limited warranty – are smaller and lighter than nickel-metal-hybrid batteries used in previous-generation hybrids
  • 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

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.


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      Hyns
      • 2 Years Ago
      If its same story like promised 47 MPG for Fusion hybrid then don't expect 100MPGe.... More like 70 or 80.
      consumer 4100
      • 2 Years Ago
      why is this $12k more than the baseline Hybrid? You'll NEVER see any payback.
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        @consumer 4100
        I agree you will never see any payback (barring apocolyptically high gas prices), but not everything is about payback to everyone. A PHEV is for people who want an electric car that doesn't have range limits. It's not about saving money on gas to recoup the initial price difference. People want EVs for a myriad of reasons.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, about that 47 MPG...
      Ziv
      • 2 Years Ago
      $39.5k MSRP less $4k means your net price is $35.5k. The Volt is $39.2 less $7.5k or $31.7k. I do like the size of the FFEn better, though. The Volts HR/LR front and back respectively: front is 37.8/42.1 and back is 36.0/34.1 The FFEn HR/LR front and back respectively: front is 39.2/44.3 and back is 37.8/38.3 I put clients in my car and the Volt gives me pause. If I am hauling a husband and wife to a house, if the husband is tall the wife is going to be crowded in a Volt. The FFEn would not crowd any clients I put in the back. But it costs more and is kind of bland, even though they made the front end look a bit better. But the one stat that makes it hard for me to pull the trigger on a Volt is that the Volt has just 34.1" of rear leg room. That is really tiny. I understand why it is that size, but it won't make my clients more comfortable back there.
        Ford Future
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ziv
        If you can get a charger back at your office, you'd save a fortune in gas, assuming you pick up your clients at the office, and return to the office. More businesses should be reviewing this option.
          Peder Norby
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          Remember, it only takes five or six hours to charge these on 110 volts, so for many people a simple 110 15 amp circuit will be more than enough and it will not be necessary to buy a 220 volt EVSE. Cheers Peder 2011 BMW ActiveE 2013 Honda Fit EV
          Ziv
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          I haven't even got a charger at home yet, which is why I haven't pulled the trigger. But I should have a space with a plug by June, just in time for great deals on 2013MY Volts as the 2014's are ready to come out. By then, even my old fashioned real estate office building should have a plug or two that I could use. I whinge and I whine about the Volt, but when I have a spot to plug it in at home I will probably lease one. I like the EREV idea so much that the fact that it isn't everything I want is just the way life is. I spend $190 a month on gas now, I figure my electricity cost and my gas cost will be around $50 a month for the Volt. Not bad for a thousand miles a month.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      The car looks great, and has great numbers. But the CMax Energi still seems to be the best buy for most Americans without a long commute.
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        @Ford Future: "The car looks great, and has great numbers." UNBELIEVABLY good numbers, reminiscent of a 40-mpg Hyundai or a segment-beating Ford hybrid.
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          Yeah, I'm a bit skeptical of the numbers as well. It will be interesting to see what comes out of the EPA and Ford discussions.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is there a reason this costs $5,000-$8,000 more than the C-Max Energi?
        Ziv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Because Ford can get that price for at least 8 months of moderate production. The MSRP will drop when the 2014MY comes out in July. Just my guess.
      usbseawolf2000
      • 2 Years Ago
      My PiP is averaging 128 MPGe on electric miles (charging loss included) and 55 MPG on gas miles. I am getting 40% EV and 60% HV so my composite number is 71.8 MPGe. I am beating EPA estimate of 58 MPGe. I use EV miles for slower speed, short, frequent, city, around town chore trips. I use HV gas for longer continuous highway driving. For traffic congestion on the highway, I also use EV miles. If I need cabin heat/defog (heated seats are insufficient), I use gas (no way around it). http://priuschat.com/attachments/image-1-gif.44985/
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @usbseawolf2000
        Why are you getting downvoted for informing all of us about how your PiP is working out for you? Odd. Thanks for the information. It was very informative.
          usbseawolf2000
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          I support a well designed hybrids and plugins, specifically, power-split hybrid and plugins. They include Ford hybrids including Energi models as well as Toyota and Lexus hybrids. Anything that is efficient and low in emission without sacrificing interior space. I don't blindly support something just because it has a plug.
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Probably because all of his posts are Toyota shilling and bashing everything else.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Ah. Thanks for the heads up, Spec. I hadn't noticed.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Thanks for the clarification. So which ones don't you like?
      Josie
      • 2 Years Ago
      The reality is that the mpge number is not a useful figure of merit of a plug in hybrid. The actual useful figure of merit is what the SAE developed, J1711. It factors in the actual electric driving range and the power at which a vehicle changes from electric to gas. This is multi-day, utilitized consumption, This is what shows how much gasoline will actually be consumed in the real world. By this measure , the Chevy Volt beats all the others, handily, because A) its electric driving range is so much higher at 38 miles, and B) the engine does not come on at full throttle, it only comes on when the battery is discharged. The EPA pandered to the ignorant and to Toyota lobbyists when they, for the first time in history, tossed aside the SAE test methods and decided mpge was the label criterion for plug-in hybrid vehicles. The ignorant included the EPA chief, Lisa Jackson, who famously did not understand the difference between power and energy. This inept and politically motivated EPA changed the nature of competition so that manufacturers game for a 100 mpge label rather than create useful, real world gasoline displacement with electricity.
        usbseawolf2000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Josie
        Using J1711, the compact Volt is rated 60 MPGe (combined city/highway and electricity+gas composite). Midsize Prius PHV is rated combined composite 58 MPGe (combined city/highway and electricity+gas composite). http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/topten.jsp (click on "EPA Rated - All Year" tab) Per EPA beyond tailpipe emission site, Volt with 38 EV miles would cover 64% of all miles based on J1711. Prius PHV covers 29% and C-MAX Energi covers 48%. Fusion Energi should be similar to C-Max. Prius PHV - http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?zipCode=73301&year=2013&vehicleId=33335&action=bt3 C-MAX Energi - http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?zipCode=73301&year=2013&vehicleId=33336&action=bt3 Volt - http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?zipCode=73301&year=2013&vehicleId=32655&action=bt3 If you shift your attention from EV ratio to the actual emission, you'll realized the following (US average): - Prius PHV emits 210 gram of CO2 per mile. (midsize) - C-MAX Energi emits 240 grams of CO2 per mile. (midsize) - Volt emits 260 grams of CO2 per mile. (compact)
      Electron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great numbers in EV mode. Too bad that mode won't last very long with a 7.5 KWh battery (presumably ~18 miles using 80% dod) and after that it's hybrid mode which is where its regular hybrid twin comes up rather short with real life mileage deviating far more from official EPA ratings than its competitors. Maybe the fact that Ford is still sorting out that mess with the EPA explains why it doesn't release the numbers for extended range mode yet.
      Spiffster
      • 2 Years Ago
      First real competition to the Volt, though its not quite in the same class, being a full size sedan. Damn good looking car too. I have a rather short commute but the range wouldn't cut it for me if I wanted to operate the car within EV range all thew time, at least during the winter. Thats judging by what I get out of the Volt with about twice the range in single digit winter weather. The engine turns on periodically to warm up the batts and I assume this car has a similar setup. If they put a similar system in the Escape, we would probably buy one.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        "First real competition to the Volt, though its not quite in the same class, being a full size sedan." The EPA considers the Fusion to be a mid-size sedan. The Volt is considered to be a compact. You're correct in stating they are two different sizes, but you put the Ford into a much larger category.
          Ziv
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          The Cruze and the Volt have the same wheelbase but the Cruze is 4 inches longer overall. The Cruze has around 95 cubic feet of passenger volume as well as 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space while the Volt is closer to 90.3 cubic feet of passenger volume and 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space. For comparison the taller Nissan Leaf may have a worse CdA (its Cd {0.29, same as the Volt} is good but its size hurts its CdA) but it has 98 cubic feet of passenger space and 24 cubic feet of cargo space.
          Spiffster
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          That is correct. My mistake. Strange that our other car, the Cruze, is considered mid-size along with the Fusion.
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        Quite frankly, I think Ford lied on the numbers. The Fusion is physically bigger, but with a smaller battery and larger engine. The idea that this will drive real-world functional mileage like a Volt is hard to believe.
          SVX pearlie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          Volt numbers are like this: 0.281 Cd / 6.51 SF 1.4l engine + 16.5 kWh pack 3781 lbs Fusion Energi is like this: 0.275 Cd / 6.81 SF (4.6% worse) 2.0l engine (43% larger) + 6.5 kWh pack (40% as large) 3913 lbs (3.5% worse) Every single factor that affects mileage is worse on the Fusion Energi: + 4.6% higher aerodynamic drag + 3.5% higher inertial mass / rolling resistance + 40% more air & fuel consumed per stroke -60% fewer miles on battery And it supposedly gets better mileage than the Volt? Don't make me laugh.
          SVX pearlie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          @retard: This has nothing to do with CR and everything to do with basic physics. It takes more energy to move a larger, heavier vehicle, and the Ford stores less electrical energy than the Volt. Ergo, it will demonstrate clearly reduced real-world mileage compared to the clearly smaller, lighter, larger-battery Volt. For it not to do so defies reality.
          timbrands
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          You "think" Ford lied? I doubt it. Ford maximized the C-Max for the EPA cycle NOT the Consumer Report cycle. Real world MPGs will improve on it with summer weather. On a Prius board in 2010 they said the same things with similar mileage during the winter. Do any of these get 100 mpgs?
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Big grain of salt with all plug-ins, as it's either unmeasurable on battery, or 30-40-something mpg on gas. For a car that is bigger and heavier than the Volt, I'm surprised the rating is that good. I wouldn't be surprised to see that Ford marketing inflated things to get that "100 mpg" rating.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SVX pearlie
        That was my thought as well. I hope I'm wrong and they are being truthful this time.
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      The PiFF Energi is a good looking car which helps break plug-ins of their weird futuristic ugliness stigma. I really hope the numbers are accurate so we don't get a different stigma about false fuel economy.
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