As the prices of gasoline and other fuels used in most cars continue to increase and the hopes that the current prices would go down seems to be impossible, a lot of car makers are spending a lot of efforts and resources just to develop their own hybrid vehicle models. One of those who have recently introduced their improved version hybrid vehicle models is Ford Motor Company. Ford has recently unveiled the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid at the 2012 North American International Auto Show.
The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid would serve as the company’s entry on the segment dominated by popular hybrid car models such as the Chevrolet Volt and the Toyota Prius. The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in hybrid car is actually quite similar to the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid except for a few differences and one of these is on the size of the batteries that they are using. Both of these versions of the Fusion are using lithium-ion battery packs to store the electrical charges produced by the vehicle’s electric motor. The only difference is that the Energi’s lithium-ion battery pack is quite larger compared to what the Fusion hybrid is using. Due to this, the Energi plug-in hybrid version of the Fusion has longer range and more fuel-efficient compared to the Fusion hybrid.
The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in hybrid is using a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine as its main power source. However, an electric motor is paired to the engine so that the former would act as a generator that would generate the electrical charges stored on the vehicle’s battery pack. In some cases, the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is propelled by the gasoline engine and in special conditions this is also powered by the electric motor and the lithium-ion batteries. Since the engine and the electric motor are taking turns in propelling the vehicle, the 2013 Ford Energi Plug-in hybrid’s fuel consumption is reduced.
Given that mechanism, Ford estimates that the Energi will surely leave the Chevrolet Volt’s 94 MPGe behind by providing the ratings as high as 100 MPGe. The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in hybrid will arrive at US dealerships probably by the second quarter of this year and prior to its actual release, the model is earning a lot of positive comments and these could actually boost the Energi’s popularity in the US automobile market.