For now, PHEV is the solution to range anxiety
The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid now gets an EPA estimated 610 miles of available range. While the previous Fusion Energi plug-in spanned 550-miles, the new Fusion Energi’s extra 60 miles of range is a sign of things to come as both energy storage and fuel efficiency improve.
Ford hit the 610-mile mark through a 14 gallon fuel tank, the fuel sipping 2.0-liter I4’s 41 mpg city/43 mpg highway/42 mpg combined EPA rating and 21 miles of electric range. The package won’t break your butt-dyno with only 188 combined hp, but it does offer convenience. Plug-in hybrids do consume gasoline, but they offer the convenience of running on full electric power for a limited distance, switching to gas when the juice runs out.
“Plug-in hybrids are electric vehicles until you run down the battery,” said Wade Jackson, marketing manager for Ford Fusion, “then they work exactly like a conventional hybrid. Fusion Energi – with a full battery and a full tank of gas – can go from San Diego, through Los Angeles and all the way up to San Francisco, and still have up to 110 miles of range remaining.”
Until charging stations become more prevalent, plug-in hybrids make a lot of sense for environmentally conscious commuters who also plan on taking their cars longer distances. Ford thinks so too — the company plans to release 13 new plug in hybrids in the next four years.