The Ford Fusion hybrid car is not a new entry to the market, although the structure of the vehicle has been redesigned for the 2013 model. It has received positive reports in the past with regards to the look, style, and efficiency and if recent press releases regarding the 2013 model are anything to go by, then this trend will continue. It is up there with some of the best-known hybrid vehicles on the market today and when you take into account the reliability factor associated with Ford, safety as well as efficiency, it looks as though this will be a winner yet again.
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Ford will be bringing out two variations of the Ford Fusion hybrid which will be the conventional and the new plug-in version. The conventional version will contain a different engine from the recent versions with a smaller 2 L engine as opposed to the 2.5 L engine. The two motor hybrid system which have been developed by Ford has been revised and developed yet further and the three engines together offer peak power of around 188 hp.
If you check the Ford Fusion hybrid news you will see that officially it is rated at a 47 mpg equivalent, although there is some concern about whether this relatively high figure is reachable. A number of owners have reported a more typical range of 36 mpg up to around 40 mpg which is pretty much on a par with the last generation of Ford Fusion hybrid vehicles. This is something of a disappointment when you bear in mind the reported improvements to the engine system but it is something which the authorities are looking into and will rule on at a later date.
Exterior of the Ford Fusion hybrid
While there may be some confusion with regards to the efficiency of the Ford Fusion hybrid, there are no complaints with regards to the sleek and stunning looks, the generous interior capacity and the overall drive experience. Some concerns have been expressed regarding the rear seat headroom and the "shiny plastic trim" on the dashboard but in the overall picture these are relatively minor points.
As we mentioned above, there is both a conventional hybrid version and a plug-in hybrid version, both of which are likely to prove very popular. The hybrid nature of the electric car of today ensures that once the lithium ion batteries are drained to a specific level the gasoline engine will kick in and create sufficient energy to power and recharge the batteries on an ongoing basis. The conventional regenerative braking systems also adds further recharging capacity to the vehicle, although this particular system is commonplace across the board and is integral to the overall efficiencies of the electric car market.
Powertrain and electrical equipment
As you might expect from a company such as Ford, the powertrain and electrical equipment associated with the Ford Fusion hybrid is replicated across a number of other hybrid and electric vehicles in the Ford portfolio. This has allowed the company to focus its investment on one individual system as opposed to a number of variations which would take time, money, and effort to perfect.
The interesting addition of the Ford Fusion plug-in version has caught the attention of a number of automotive websites because effectively it allows those who carry out relatively short journeys in their neighbourhood to "go electric". This is something which has not gone unnoticed by environmentalists and obviously bodes well for the future development of a whole range of neighbourhood electric vehicles and "pure" longer journey electric vehicles. It will be interesting to see how Ford develop this particular angle in the months and years ahead and indeed whether they do attempt to make a major play for the relatively short journey market and neighbourhood electric vehicle sector.
The forthcoming 2013 Ford Fusion hybrid model looks to have a number of improvements and adjustment compared to earlier versions. There is however some concern about the fuel efficiency of the vehicle, which is currently being reviewed by the authorities. That aside, it is not difficult to see a number of improvements for the 2013 model and the fact that the company will also launch a plug-in version for those who carry out relatively short journeys in their neighbourhood has gone down well.
On the whole the new Ford Fusion hybrid has been relatively well received and looks likely to be yet another winner for the Ford portfolio. There has been a little disappointment regarding the perceived fuel efficiency, which is seen by many as no better than the previous version. However, perhaps when you take into account the 2013 model will have a 2 L engine as opposed to 2.5 L engine, then perhaps this has had an impact upon the situation.