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.
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 25 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 25 miles.
In addition, to an EPA-estimated rating of 25 miles of pure electric driving range per charge, the 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. Plus 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. All 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.
So 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.
Also, 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.
Finally, the collaboration also demonstrates the positive influence that comes from combining two recognizable and respected brands in the world. The Cola-Cola Company and Ford together reach consumers in more than 200 countries on six continents.
The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from:
# Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions)
# Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman
# Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel
# Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky
# Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley
# Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke
# Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley
# Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea
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