First of and Without any question, the Ford Fusion Energi is an agile, trendy, efficient and an amazing ride. In addition and as well as the most efficient and cost effective plugin hybrid electric vehicle. The Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) traveled close to 550 miles on a single tank of gas during the week long test drive.
Electric Vehicle the Majority of the Time
In cities like NYC, 1 million electric-only miles are expected to be driven by plug-in hybrid EV customers in New York in 2014 alone. That is not a difficult idea to fathom since the average drive in the Ford Fusion Energi was all electric. Bottom line, when the vehicle is charged prior to driving, most trips taken were all electric.
The new Ford Fusion Energi was only expected to achieve more than 20 miles of electric-only range. It has a varying charging range based upon the drivers habits. However, the one thing noticed is it’s important to refresh batteries. Specifically, the driver should drain down the entire EV battery to hybrid only mode. During the test a 42 mile charge on the car was achieved. IT only happened twice! Then it went down to 21 miles.
In addition, to an EPA-estimated rating of 21 miles of pure electric driving range per charge, both C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi have an EPA-estimated range of 620 miles on one tank of gas and one charge.
Owners of the first-ever Ford plug-in hybrid vehicles can now use their smartphones from almost anywhere to monitor and manage the battery charging process, find charging stations, check energy efficiency and earn achievements for efficient driving.
The station finder component of the MyFord Mobile app now blends point-of-interest search with charging station information from PlugShare.com to let drivers take advantage of opportunistic charging wherever their destination might be. Users can search for terms such as “pizza” or “Mexican food” near a location and MyFord Mobile will display the results along with the nearest available charge for each entry. Drivers can select a destination based on proximity to a plug.
“Access to public charging allows our Fusion Energi customers to drive more electric miles – helping improve our environmental footprint and improve energy security,” said Mike Tinskey, director, Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure. “We’ve seen impressive growth in the number of installed public charge stations – growing from fewer than 3,000 units in 2010 to more than 11,500 installed units in the U.S. today.
“This collaboration allows for Ford customers to access all the currently installed stations, as well as gain immediate access to new charge stations as they are installed,” Tinskey added.
MyFord Mobile’s trip and charge log has also been updated to provide drivers with information about how efficiently they are using their plug-in hybrid vehicle in both electric and hybrid mode. By taking advantage of available data on electricity use, hybrid gas mileage and regenerative braking, the app coaches drivers to adjust their driving style to be more efficient.
MyFord Mobile still lets plug-in hybrid owners check the state of charge of the battery, get alerts if they forgot to plug the car in or if charging stops, and take advantage of value charging for the lowest electricity rates during off-peak hours. Drivers can also precondition the cabin temperature while the car is plugged in to reduce the load on the drivetrain for enhanced efficiency.
Now on a normal quick day charge, one can expect a 28-30 mile range; however one must drain the all electric battery down to the hybrid only mode.
Also as I reported before, the Coca-Cola Company and Ford Motor Company are fueling more sustainable design by collaborating on a first-ever interior fabric made from the same renewable material used to produce Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle™ packaging.
The two companies today unveiled a Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid with Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle Technology interior fabric surfaces covering seat cushions, backs, headrests, door panel inserts and headliners. The research vehicle marks the first time PlantBottle technology is applied beyond packaging, and affirms a joint commitment by two global consumer icons to develop innovative, new products produced from renewable materials.
“By using PlantBottle Technology in a plug-in hybrid, Ford and Coca-Cola are showing the broad potential of leveraging renewable materials that help replace petroleum and other fossil fuels, reducing the overall environmental impact of future vehicles,” said John Viera, global director of sustainability and vehicle environmental matters at Ford.
The collaboration also demonstrates the positive influence that comes from combining two of the most recognizable and respected brands in the world. The Cola-Cola Company and Ford together reach consumers in more than 200 countries on six continents.