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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi for a Spin in NYC

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On May 16, 2013 @ 10:00 am In automotive,carousel showcase,Electric Cars,Features,Green Transportation,New York Auto Show | No Comments


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The Ford Fusion Energi [5] is Ford’s newest plug-in hybrid and is capable of delivering up to 21 miles in electric-only mode. Marrying an advanced lithium-ion battery and electric motor with a gasoline engine, the EV has a total range of 620 miles and boasts impressive EPA-rated fuel economy figures of 108 MPGe city, 92 MPGe highway and 100 MPGe combined. The Fusion Energi [6] also has a total horsepower of 195 (when the battery is fully charged) and a top electric-only speed of 85 mph, which is 23 mph faster than the Toyota Prius plug-in.

Upon first stepping into the vehicle, I found it to be spacious and comfortable with a generous interior that employs eco-conscious materials like recycled plastic bottles and foam made from soybeans. One of the other things I noticed right away in the car was the SmartGauge® with EcoGuide [7]visual feedback program on the dashboard. When I began driving, the display only showed a few green “energy leaves” but as I kept going and engaging proper regenerative braking techniques, more leaves sprouted up to show that I was doing a good job. The idea here is that the visual feedback helps drivers more closely monitor how their driving behavior affects fuel efficiency.

As expected with a plug-in hybrid, cruising in electric-only mode was smooth and quiet, but there was no problem picking up the pace when it came time to accelerate. While we could have continued driving in electric-only mode for about 21 miles before stopping to charge, we could have also pressed the Fusion Energi [6]‘s convenient EV mode button if we wanted to switch to normal hybrid mode or battery conservation mode if we wanted to.

While I didn’t actually try out the charging process (our test vehicle was already fully charged up), I did notice the light ring around the charge port that shows how much power is stored in the car’s battery. The Fusion Energi can be charged using a regular garage outlet, or for those of us in New York, one of the 3,000 EV charging stations [8]that are being added over the next five years.

The Ford Fusion Energi is available now at certified Ford EV dealerships and starts at $38,700 [6]. The car is also eligible for a $3,751 federal tax credit.

+ Ford [4]


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[3] New York Auto Show: http://inhabitat.com/new-york-auto-show-2/

[4] Ford: http://www.ford.com/

[5] 2013 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid: http://inhabitat.com/ford-unveils-2013-fusion-energi-plug-in-hybrid-at-the-detroit-auto-show/

[6] Fusion Energi: http://www.ford.com/cars/fusion/trim/seenergi/

[7] SmartGauge® with EcoGuide : http://smartdesignworldwide.com/work/ford-smart-gauge/

[8] 3,000 EV charging stations : http://inhabitat.com/nyc/leviton-awarded-1-million-to-add-82-electric-car-charging-stations-in-new-york/

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