2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Ford’s upcoming vehicles are all geared to offer some of the best fuel economy in the auto industry. The company is accomplishing this in a variety of methods, be it through the use of turbochargers, smaller displacement engines, electric vehicles, or the more traditional route: gas-electric hybrids.
The upcoming Ford Fusion Hybrid, and C-Max hybrid will be released later this year and show off the company’s new emphasis on fuel saving tech.
According to Ford, the Fusion, with its 47-mpg city and 44 mpg highway ratings, will be America’s most fuel efficient, non plug-in sedan.
“We’ve used our collective 20 years of researching and developing hybrid technology – including more than 500 hybrid patents – to deliver the new Fusion Hybrid,” Said Wesley Sherwood, from Ford’s Electrified Vehicles Communications team. “A lot of the work is focused on managing typical energy loss through the powertrain to use that power more efficiently to power the vehicle.”
It accomplishes this with the help of a smaller 2.0-liter engine, in place of the old 2.5-liter engine. A main factor of the Fusion’s economy performance is the light weight achieved by using a lithium ion battery, instead of a nickel-metal hydride battery.
This also allows the Fusion hybrid to reach speeds of 60 mph, using battery power alone.
An early online configurator prices the Fusion Hybrid at $27,995, which is slightly cheaper than the last generation Fusion Hybrid. However this price isn’t final, and could likely change by the time the Fusion launches.