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2013 Ford Fusion first drive, a good car great electric driving

The Ford Fusion Energi is the hybrid version of the 2013 giving it a 20+ mile electric and other electric goodness, having the freedom to drive it a gas car.

The Ford Fusion is a comfortable car, with looks and ample room and back, that happens to an electrified drive train 21 miles of electric-only range. On in San Francisco, Ford had the first drive event for Fusion allowing journalists their opportunity for time behind the

The 2013 Ford Fusion is the of Ford’s vehicles to get almost the Power of Choice treatment. that means is, the Fusion is with a normally aspirated engine, or a EcoBoost gasoline or a normal Hybrid drive or a plug-in Hybrid drive but not an all-electric drive train. In mind, the customer base a choice between drive

They’ve designed things that the drive train is now a choice during the purchasing and at the factory magic is performed to manufacturing cars with the chosen drive train.

The Energi is one leg of a multi-pronged strategy by to gain market share Toyota and Honda. The strategy is having success, already, Ford’s hybrid vehicles to take market share from Toyota. However, the has not broken out sales sufficiently to let us the sales rate of the plug-in Energi models.

This that the 2013 Ford Energi is for almost all intents the as the gasoline or hybrid powered It is the same car in the passenger cabin and design. For example the seating was the infotainment system is modern, and so on.

The differences owners will see are some trunk space was to the battery pack, the dashboard has a few new and there is a port for charging the pack.

While we were unable to the car on the highway, it being San Francisco we able to test its hill ability. Performance on both ground and hill climbing was and we were able to accelerate up Nob with no problem. Handling was and the car easily threaded its way through traffic.

The Fusion Energi three electric driving Auto EV (normal hybrid, automated selection of EV mode), EV Now prefers electric drive, and the gas engine in when needed), and EV (which preserves electric for later). These modes are by a button on the central console. button is a little difficult to but once you learn where location switching these becomes natural.

An interesting of the Ford electrified cars is a assistant on the dashboard. This educates drivers on the ABC’s of efficiently, namely efficient Braking and Cruising. (get it? The coach appears in the left side of the dashboard, with of the display modes giving a bit of information about energy During braking there is a indicating that regenerative is active, and once you reach miles/hr (full stop) the coach gives you a score of up to regenerative braking efficiency.

The higher the score the more you recaptured through regenerative Another coaching mode a vine that grows and leaves through acceleration and habits.

In EV mode the car is electronically to 85 miles/hr top speed. A Ford explained this serves the of extending total driving by limiting the top end energy consumption. the gasoline engine is active the top is a fair bit higher.

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Because it was a test drive we weren’t to test the range or charging of the Fusion Energi. It easily jaunting back and forth San Francisco, and there was very to be concerned about due to the electric-only because the gas engine kicks in the pack is depleted. The electric-only of 21 miles is more than the electric-only range of the Toyota Plug-in and the Honda Accord Hybrid .


The 21 mile electric range that, on average, the driver bring some gasoline day unless they can charge the pack while away home. Why? Because, on typical drivers travel miles a day. Charging at or shopping centers would a full day of electric driving.

of the Prius Plug-in and Accord Hybrid will have a time doing so because of the electric-only range offered by cars.

As for fuel efficiency, we unable to verify much such a short drive are questions about the accuracy of the EPA efficiency ratings on Ford ). The dashboard does include a showing a miles/gallon number. In one leg of the driving up a steep San Francisco that gauge showed 48 efficiency, while a later leg of the on flatter ground showed a efficiency above 85 miles/gallon. For of the trip the gas engine did not kick in, and the fuel efficiency will come from two effects.

First, driving downhill a great opportunity to recapture through regenerative braking. electric drive mode is more efficient than

The Fusion Energi SE has a starting of $38,700 and, according to website, there is a $355 offer. This is in the ballpark of the Chevy Volt (MSRP however the price of both is a bit above that of the all electric Nissan Leaf. Nissan’s to drop the price of the Leaf has for an interesting dynamic in the electrified car and one wonders what the impact be on Ford’s success.

The Ford Fusion Energi is a looking car with all the creature you’d expect from a car from Ford. It offers the an excellent electric driving that theoretically will driving without electricity of the time. The electric driving is blended well enough the car that a driver could the Fusion Energi exactly as do a gasoline car, and still good fuel efficiency while the electrically driven should enable even

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