Ford has announced it will be making a plug-in hybrid version of the Ford Fusion for the 2013 model year and it will be called the Ford Fusion Energi. Ford is claiming the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world. The Ford Fusion Energi is on a faster than normal production schedule, and is officially launching in the fall of 2012.
The Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is essentially the same as the Ford Fusion Hybrid, just with the ability to plug in to charge the battery pack. The Fusion Energi uses a 2 liter Atkinson cycle gasoline engine to charge the lithium ion battery pack. No details on the size of the lithium ion battery pack in the Ford Fusion Energi have been released yet. As of now, the only info we have on the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is this short statement from Ford:
Topping the fuel-efficieny ladder is the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, aiming to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world. Arriving this fall, the Ford Fusion Energi is anticipated to deliver more than 100MPGe.
100MPGe would be 8MPGe better than the Chevy Volt, and only 12 MPGe less than the much-smaller Mitsubishi i-Miev. If Ford is able to keep the price in check, then the Fusion Energi could be a real hit, and with a fast release date of Fall 2012, the Ford Fusion Energi could quite possibly become the most popular electric vehicle.