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Test drive: All-electric and Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Ford Fusion hybrid and Mini are the latest cars to use battery power to improve efficiency. CNET News’ LaMonica takes them for a spin.


It’s not every day you get to drive an all-electric car and a brand new hybrid. But that’s just I did last week when I both the Electric Mini and 2010 Ford Fusion for a

The two cars represent two technical to gaining fuel efficiency bigger car batteries.

Like the Toyota Prius, the released Ford Fusion is a hybrid that drives on the gas engine, supplemented by a nickel-metal battery. By contrast, the Mini which will start to be to drivers next month as of a trial, runs entirely on batteries, the latest battery

The trade-offs of both approaches are apparent. The Fusion gets 40 miles per gallon and it’s or less like any other car driven: you fill it up with and it goes.

The Mini Electric, on the hand, sacrifices the entire seat for its battery pack. allows it to go 100 miles on a charge—sufficient for daily driving. But two of its advantages are you never go to a gas station and there are no from the car itself.

Meanwhile, there’s yet another in the mix—what General Motors a range-extended electric vehicle or engineers call a series (as opposed to a parallel hybrid). In case, an internal combustion does nothing but charge the that propel the car.

On the

There’s a lot of focus on how lithium-ion are paving the way for cars with a range (although cost is a serious concern). But in both the and the Electric Mini, there are a of other fuel-saving tricks at

The big one is regenerative braking, where the charges when the driver the brake. The Ford Fusion feel very different any other automatic transmission But the regenerative braking in the Electric was different. When I took my of the accelerator, the car slowed significantly.

noticeable but something that I got within a few minutes of riding.

say a key component to mainstream electric car is an in-board feedback system lets drivers know how to their efficiency. This is old hat to Prius drivers looking for to save on gas. But it becomes important in all-electric cars, as don’t want drivers stuck with an empty and no place to charge.

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The Ford’s dashboard LCD shows you’re using the gas motor and you’re running on battery. The way to for efficiency is to get to cruising speed and tap the brakes to charge the battery, I was The car also has an on-dash rating that displays a plant

More leaves distinguishes the from the lead-foots.

The Electric feedback system is pretty how much juice you have is on the front dash while meter shows whether drawing from or charging the

How did these autos drive? For with admittedly pedestrian in cars, I thought they were great to drive.

If I had to I’d say the Mini is more fun because it’s a small car a lot of pep. But then again, a back seat to speak of, not going to bring your Bernard to the beach in an Electric

Representatives from Ford and BMW kind enough to hold the camera while I drove cars around the block in last week and to answer my about what’s under the You can see the Ford Fusion video and the Electric Mini video .

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