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.
The 2013 Ford Fusion – recently voted Green Car of the Year – just got greener as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certified the new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid at up to 108 MPGe, making it America’s most fuel-efficient sedan.
Ford Motor Co.’s Michigan Assembly Plant here is making history with each new C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid that rolls off the line. It is the only manufacturing site in the world to build vehicles with five different powertrains on the same line and the only one to build four vehicles that deliver 40 mpg or more in real-world driving.
Drivers of the coming Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid will enjoy the auto industry’s top electric-only speed among all plug-in hybrid vehicles, 85 mph. And the non-plug-in version of the C-Max hybrid has received EPA mileage certification of 47 mpg in both city and highway driving.
The new C-Max Energi is Ford Motor Co.’s first production plug-in hybrid. It will also be America’s most affordable plug-in hybrid when it goes on sale.
Chrysler Group LLC Wednesday delivered the first of a demonstration fleet of Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid electric pickup trucks to the city of Yuma, Ariz.