The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, which is all-new this year, has been rated by the EPA to reach 108 MPGe city. Ford is quick to announce that the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid gets 5 MPGe better than the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid. The Blue Oval boys are also expecting to sell more than 19,000 hybrid and electric vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2012. If the current pace holds true, it will be the best quarter for Ford hybrid and electric vehicles on record beating the previous record by more than 50 percent. The Dearborn-based automaker also projects the first quarter of 2013 to be kind to its hybrid sales as well.
In the last 13 months, Ford has launched five vehicles that use or solely rely on electricity. The Energi plug-in is the fifth different powertrain available for the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion. Ford, like many other automakers including rival Toyota, has turned its attention towards fuel efficiency as of late and the competition is only expected to get tighter. Currently, Ford leads Toyota in the fight for fuel economy supremacy whenever each automaker goes head to head. Ford had its best month of hybrid sales ever in November of 2012. However, it should be noted that Ford currently faces a class-action lawsuit alleging that its hybrid vehicles fail to deliver on the promised fuel economy ratings.
It’s no secret that Ford is coming for the fuel efficiency crown sitting on Toyota’s head and plans to do so by including on-board technologies that are simple enough for anyone to understand. According to Ford, the new technologies included in the all-new Fusion Energi plug-in add to “the myriad ways it beats Toyota Prius plug-in.” One of these examples is SmartGauge, an in-vehicle display that can show instant fuel economy ratings and tips on how to get better fuel economy. As per usual, SYNC with MyFord Touch will be available on the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion, too. The system will offer all of the usual functions but can include options like monitoring the battery itself as well as how much juice remains.