Ford boasts that its new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid has been rated with an EPA-estimated range of 610 miles, the highest combined mileage in the segment.
Ford has brought some changes to the 2017 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid’s powertrain software and regenerative braking system that have significantly improved the mileage of the 2017 model. The environmentally friendly model can now travel up to 610 miles on a full tank of gas and battery charge – up from 550 miles for previous version. According to EPA estimates posted to fueleconomy.gov, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder Atkinson engine helped by an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack shows the highest combined range of any plug-in hybrids sold in America.
Relying only on electric power, Fusion Energi has an estimated range of 21 miles and, if there is gas in the tank, the car will then go an extra mile using both battery and fuel. After that, the gas engine kicks in for another 588 miles. The new model has been rated with a 43 city/41 hwy/42 combined mpg and has a 14-gallon tank.
The Detroit-based maker committed to invest 4.5 billion dollars in electrified powertrains by the end of the decade, promising it will add 13 new battery-powered vehicles to its portfolio by 2020, when more than 40 percent of the company’s global nameplates will come in an electric form.