Ford’s 2017 Fusion Energi—incorporating enhancements announced earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show (earlier post)—can travel 610 miles (982 km) on a full tank of gas and battery charge according to EPA estimates to be posted to fueleconomy.gov—the highest combined range of any plug-in hybrid sold in the US. The 2016 model of the Fusion Energi has a combined range of 550 miles (885 km).
The 2017 Fusion Energi’s all-electric range is an estimated 21 miles (33.8 km). If there is gas in the tank, the car will then operate for about a mile using both battery and gas. After that, the gas engine kicks in for another 588 miles (946 km) of range, according to EPA estimates. The 2016 Fusion Energi has an EPA-estimated all-electric range of 19 miles (30.6 km).
Changes to the car’s hybrid powertrain software and regenerative braking in its new 2017 Fusion Hybrid and Energi (plug-in hybrid) models deliver a more refined and engaging drive and contribute to better overall fuel economy and electric driving range.
A March 2016 Harris Poll of more than 1,000 US adults found that Americans believe the longest-range plug-in hybrid can go 261 miles—less than half the Fusion Energi’s range. This significant underestimation shows the disconnect between reality and what consumers believe, Ford observed.
Ford—the Nº 1 seller of plug-in hybrids in the US for 2015 and year-to-date 2016—is raising awareness of the advantages these vehicles offer. Through April, Fusion Energi sales are up 58%.
Since introducing the plug-in hybrid vehicle in 2013, Ford has sold nearly 30,000 Fusion Energi cars in the United States. Fusion Energi is one of six Ford Motor Company electrified vehicles, including Ford Fusion Hybrid, C-MAX Hybrid, C-MAX Energi, Focus Electric and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. By 2020, Ford will invest $4.5 billion in electrified vehicles, adding 13 new ones to its product portfolio. More than 40% of the company’s nameplates globally will be electrified by the end of this decade.
Ford insights on plug-in hybrid drivers. Data Ford collected from more than 610 million miles logged by its electrified vehicle owners show these drivers put an average of 13,500 miles annually on their vehicles—similar to what owners of gasoline-only cars log—with about half those miles in electric mode. That breaks down to an average daily commute of 42 miles for Ford plug-in hybrid drivers.
With the enhanced electric range, this means the average Fusion Energi commuter could go the entire day using no gasoline—if the car is fully charged before leaving for work and fully charged before leaving for home.
Ford concludes from the data that most customers are likely charging their vehicles only at home—leaving opportunity for growth in workplace charging stations.
The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi has an EPA-estimated rating of 43 city/41 hwy/42 combined MPG, a 14 gallon tank and 21 miles all-electric range.
This survey was conducted online in the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Ford Motor Company, 22-30 March 2016, among a nationally representative sample of 1,052 people ages 18 and older.