Ford Fusion Energi
It’s long, it’s low-slung, it stole its front end from James Bond. Its only drawback? The price tag and the tiny little trunk. That’s the Ford Fusion Energi I drove for 10 days on the 2013 Fall Tech Tour of Michigan universities.
Greetings from St. Ignace, the lakeshore town at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge, where I pulled in for the night to write up Friday’s Technology Report before starting my 2013 Fall Tech Tour at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, still five hours distant.
Ford delivered its best hybrid sales quarter ever in the first quarter of 2013 with sales totaling 21,080 vehicles — marking the first time Ford has sold more than 20,000 hybrids in a quarter. Ford’s hybrid sales were up 324 percent nationally over 2012, achieving 16 percent share of the electrified vehicle market — up from 4 percent last year.
Four Michigan companies — Michigan International Speedway, Ford, Pure Michigan and Quicken Loans — Tuesday partnered to unveil the Ford Fusion Energi as the 2013 Official Pace Car at NASCAR’s fastest track. And what’s really cool is that you can win that pace car.
Ford Motor Co. is touting a new patented system on its hybrid vehicles, called EV+, that allows vehicles to learn frequent destinations and changes the way power is used to deliver more electric-only driving.