Ford has announced that the 2013 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is officially rated at 108/92 MPGe city/highway by the EPA. The new plug-in hybrid sedan also delivers a combined rating of 100 MPGe, beating out the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-in, which earn 98 and 95 MPGe, respectively.
The Fusion Energi is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor, which generate 188 horsepower combined. Left Lane News reports that the Fusion Energi can travel on electric power alone for up to about 20 miles.
While the Fusion Energi’s estimates are impressive, the C-Max Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid didn’t live up to their claims in Consumer Reports testing. Car and Driver writes, “That’s not to say the Fusion Energi’s numbers are false or misleading, but it shares its powertrain with the cordless Fusion hybrid and the C-Max twins, so Ford’s claims for its hybrids could all soon fall under question.”
The Fusion Energi will go on sale in January with a base price of $39,495, which is $350 more than the Volt and $7,495 more than the Prius Plug-in. A $4,000 federal tax credit is expected, but Green Car Reports points out that the Fusion Energi “doesn't benefit from the full $7,500 federal tax incentive either, increasing the pricing gap.”
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