2013 Ford Fusion Energi test drive and new car review

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Plug it in and go

It’s common to see versions of popular sedans, but few a plug-in hybrid — a that can charge its battery a standard electric-vehicle charger. the Fusion Energi, the plug-in variant of Ford’s beautiful new sedan. Does the Fusion its charm when you plug it in?


More happy gas,

When Aaron reviewed the all new Ford Fusion at its launch a few ago, he came away his drive in a giddy state, that I began to wonder if I look for the can of happy gas that must have secreted underneath the seat cushions. I was so by the car that I seriously began to my own judgment. Well, Aaron, just driven the latest of the 2013 Ford Fusion, the hybrid Energi, and I was also

So, either we’ve both gassed, or this is a very new entry into the mid-size field.

The 2013 Ford Energi Titanium starts at ($41,790 as tested, including and delivery), a price tag that can be offset by a Federal tax credit of Several states, including Utah and Pennsylvania, offer tax credits as well, and others exemption from insurance sales tax and other benefits for hybrids and electric vehicles. can see a map of State and Federal incentives at the In America web site.)

Energi vs. hybrid

2013 Fusion Energi dashboard

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The Fusion differs from the Fusion in a few ways. Most significantly, the gets a different kind of ion battery pack that is for quick power delivery and It also gets three EV Vehicle) modes, accessible via a console-mounted button: EV Now; EV and EV Later.

Push the button your desired mode is on the instrument panel. EV Now forces the to operate on battery power EV Later conserves battery using the gasoline engine to the vehicle. EV Auto uses the computers to switch between gasoline, or a mix of both for the best at efficiency. Claimed electric-only is 21 miles, but like fuel estimates, this is a guess: If easy on the throttle, if you turn off all of the accessories and don’t use the climate you might be able to stretch EV range beyond the estimate.

If you’ve got a heavy right and you like to run everything at full, you not travel as far on electricity.

Charging for the batteries depends on how much you have available. On standard current (110 volts), a charge (from empty) about 7 hours. Install one of dedicated 240-volt charging (at a cost of about $2,500), and Energi can go from dead to alive in 2.5 hours.

Expect the charging intervals at public stations. The charging port for the is on the left front fender, behind the wheel well and of the door. A ring of LED lights the port.

When the Energi is to power, the LEDs illuminate, a positive connection. Then resolve to a glow that the battery pack’s state of — when all four of the LED ring are glowing, the battery is fully charged. Magic.

the Energi also affects the of charge. The gasoline engine the front wheels, but it also some current to the batteries. The also serve to send to the batteries, recapturing energy friction and turning in into electricity, rather than the energy to dissipate as heat. touts a very high of regenerative braking, up to 80% in most and even up to 100% under braking.

There are specific braking that can result in better and there’s even an app (of sorts) into the car to help learn how to better.

Ford has developed and its own transmission for the Energi, which it a hybrid transmission. This is — transmissions are usually from outside vendors. ZF is a that you’ll see on many across a wide range of The hybrid transmission is a electronic variable transmission (eCVT) converts power from the gas engine and the electric motor rotation of the transaxle, turning the wheels. Instead of stepped like a conventional transmission, it has a planetary gear, and changes speed by adjusting the generator load.

The hybrid transmission from a conventional transmission in it can accept input from the gas engine and electric motor at the time. The important thing to from this tech is that it works. The Energi out smoothly, accelerates briskly and back and forth from to gas to hybrid and back again and without fuss or worry. quotes a figure of 195 hp for the combined powertrain. That feels right.

It’s not enough power to the 3,913 lb Energi into a car, but it is enough to keep it feeling sluggish.

The Fusion gets a host of sophisticated in addition to its propulsion system. The cars come with MyFordTouch and MyFordMobile. SYNC is the system that supports recognition and an integrated suite of controls.

MyFordTouch is a software on SYNC, the now-familiar four design on a center stack-mounted display. MyFordMobile is a free app owners can load on their phones, tablets, laptops and computers, providing remote to many vehicle functions. is especially useful for monitoring and the plug-in Energi’s state of

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The app duplicates in-dash functions, you to schedule charging for off-peak when power is chepaer, pre-conditioning of the vehicle (turning on the seats and warming up the vehicle on days, for instance), and checking the level of charge.


You don’t get something for nothing, so are a few compromises forced on the Energi. The big pack takes up a lot of space in the leaving a tricky, narrow compartment that’s smaller the Hybrid’s 12.0 cubic space or the gasoline Fusion’s cubic foot trunk. The seat does fold so long narrow items 2x4s and skis will but don’t expect to get that big television home from the Buy, unless you’re to strap it to the roof.

There’s also a bit of a handling for that weight in the rear, a heavy feeling to the steering at speeds.

I didn’t have the during my brief drive of the to really put the car through its paces, but is one mid-size sedan that big for its size. Weighing in a good 300 lbs than the Hybrid and 400 lbs heavier the Ecoboost Fusion has an effect. The weight is not a ride killer, but it is noticeable.

Ford figures if you’re stepping up to a Fusion you want some high end so even the base model with heated leather and a good level of amenities. The model maxes out the packaging, near-luxury features and technological You’ll want to act quickly to those Federal and State tax and rebates, because there’s no that they’ll last

In fact, many credits scheduled sunset provisions, away over time as the need to incentivize buyers to try out edge technology goes

Competition is coming.

2013 Fusion Energi engine bay

Jason Fogelson

Expect of plug-in hybrids to start the market soon. The first the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Plug-In Hybrid, have passenger space than the Energi and operate with technology, so it’s difficult to them directly. Next up on the is the Honda Accord Plug-In which should be an interesting, direct competitor for the Ford.

Hyundai and Toyota are not far behind plug-in hybrid mid-size but there’s nothing you can buy in the US yet.

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