While the electric charging infrastructure continues to improve, many car buyers still have range anxiety when thinking about purchasing an electric car. That’s why plug-in hybrids are still currently the best option for electric car buyers that aren’t comfortable with a 100-mile range full electric vehicle. Buyers have many options when it comes to plug-in hybrids, but Ford has announced the specifications of its updated 2017 Fusion Energi sedan, and it can travel further than any other plug-in hybrid on the market.
Refreshed for the 2017 model year, the Ford Fusion sedan gets plenty of upgrades to the exterior, more tech features and even some updates under the skin to make it more efficient. Updates to the Fusion Energi’s hybrid powertrain software and regenerative braking ensures the 2017 Fusion Energi can now travel up to 610 miles – up from 550 miles for the 2016 model. It would be great if most of that range was in fully electric mode, but the Fusion Energi can only travel up to 21 miles before the gas engine kicks in to keep you moving down the road.
“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,” said Wade Jackson, marketing manager for the Ford Fusion.
While some electric car buyers may still want a vehicle with a longer electric driving range, Ford has also announced that the fully-electric 2017 Focus Electric will have a driving range over 100 miles. Ford is also working on a 200-mile range electric car that will compete with models, like the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt.