The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid for its carpool lane access program, helping the American automaker join Toyota at the top of the list with the most 2013 vehicles qualified for the HOV lane decal.
It is the ninth vehicle from Ford to qualify for carpool lane access through CARB since 1993; the Focus Electric and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid were also recently approved. Ford Fusion Energi buyers are also eligible to receive a $1,500 tax rebate along with a $3,750 federal tax credit.
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The Fusion Energi has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 100 MPGe combined with a total range of 620 miles on a single tank of gas and one full charge. The Fusion Energi has an electric-only range of up to 21 miles and has a top electric-only speed of 85 mph.
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