Sam Hoyt, Ford Fusion Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid. The Fusion PHEV is the third, behind the C-MAX Energi and Focus Electric, in the line-up of Ford’s electrifying vehicles.
When was the last time you paid $1.00 to go 20 miles? Welcome to the world of plug-in hybrids. The Ford Fusion PHEV high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack provides enough power to operate in all-electric mode for 20 miles, then gets 43 miles per gallon with the vehicle functioning as a traditional gas-electric hybrid. You can use 120 or upgrade to a 240 volt to recharge your battery. According to Ford the EPA-estimated miles per gallon, city/highway/combined are 44/41/43 MPG and in electric mode they are 108/92/100 MPGe.
There are two models, the $38,700 SE or the Energi Titanium that starts at $40,100. Hoyt takes us through the attributes of the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi PHEV. Hoyt said the Energi starts at $39,495 (that must include shipping and handling, etc) but if you are able there are tax credits available from Federal and States and Ford is even throwing in a $1,500 rebate.