Fusion Hybrid and Volt
|   Saturday, April 27, 2013
The addition of plug-in hybrid has made it possible for the Fusion of Ford to keep going on the battery for more than 20 miles whereas Chevrolet Volt can go 38 miles but still, it is more fun to be in Ford Fusion. Fusion's style can be blamed for this.

The purpose of Energi (Fusion's plug-in) is to give the driver a great car with low fuel consumption. But before that, let us get into a bit of detail.
The hybrid has an electric motor along with the engine and the purpose is to minimize the use of engine by using electric motors.
This accounts for low fuel consumption. Regenerative braking is used for recharging of batteries. The hybrid only allows you to go a mile or two due to the small size of battery.

The Fusion Energi has more weight and cost along with more range. Recharging can be done in by plugging in any socket in the house.
There are various hybrid plug-ins an d they a re generally called PHEV. There are the Fusion Energy, the Ford C-Max Energi, Chevy Volt and a few other PHEWs that have been recognized. These PHEW have a range of 11-38 miles. Various other companies will be launching their PHEW this year.
The price of Fusion Energi is about $40, 000. Lot of equipment and big batteries are responsible for this.

The performance is great and it is better in urban areas and for long-drives on steady highways as there is no hindrance in delivering of power. But it can be a little problem to rely solely on electric system when in traffic as it will affect the performance and driving experience.
The car has a lot of mass as compared to others which can be disappointing for some people.

Fusion Energi was tested on Titanium which is a lavish car itself. It has a very beautiful interior with comfortable seats and great dashboard.
Controlling the Ford Energi system was not a great experience. It was a bit uneasy but was manageable so mehow. I n spite of all the sound and voices, driver tried hard to control the system with voice commands but that was not great at all. There should be some advanced system for controlling and managing of the system.

MyFordMobile is a great feature associated with the high-end car. It allows you to use your smart phone for keeping an eye on various things such as the charging status of the battery, the stations where you can recharge and many other features which keep getting updated.

The sole purpose of PHEW is to allow you to save fuel and you can save a lot of that. On a complete round trip, you may rely entirely on the PHEW. If you need to go 20 miles, then after 20 miles, you can recharge it there again and then you can return with that charging. This trip will cost you almost $1 of electricity which is three times less than the cost of the fuel for the same trip.
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