Ford Seeks To Allay Range Anxiety Associated With EVs
Ford is talking up the combined gasoline-and-electricity range of 610 miles for its Ford Fusion Energy plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for 2017: “the highest combined range of any plug-in hybrid sold in America,” the company says.
Ford has previously extolled the virtues of the 2017 edition of the PHEV sedan for fleets (F&F, January 25).
Ford credits changes to the car’s hybrid powertrain software and regenerative braking for the 60-mile gain from 550 miles for the 2016 Fusion Energy.
“Plug-in hybrids are electric vehicles until you run down the battery,” said 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,” marketing manager Wade Jackson said in a release.
The Fusion Energi PHEV for 2017-in will have a 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery for an all-electric range now estimated at 21 miles. The car automatically switches to its 2.0-liter gasoline engine when the battery is depleted.
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Source: Ford with Fleets & Fuels follow-up