Ford EV Options: A Quick Look at Hybrids and Plug-Ins Made by Ford
Maybe you’ve been considering purchasing a hybrid vehicle, but you don’t know where to start. Did you know that Ford alone offers three types of Hybrid Vehicles?
Hybrid vehicles come with a one-two punch of having both an electric motor and gas engine. While the vehicle is running on the gas engine, the electric motor is being charged. There’s no need to plug them in! Ford offers two hybrid vehicles: The 2013 C-Max Hybrid and the Fusion Hybrid. Both vehicles offer 47 MPG both city and highway. These vehicles would be an excellent option for those commuting to Nashville, as most of your drive would be using the electric motor, but if the electric motor runs out, then the gas motor would seamlessly kick in. The Hybrid offers you the ability to make a longer commute while great fuel efficiency.
There are also two Ford Plug-In Hybrid options. The 2013 C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi have plug-in features, while also having a gas engine and electric motor. As aforementioned, Hybrids automatically switch between gas and electric depending on how fast and far you drive. In contrast, the Plug-In vehicles allow you to offset your fuel usage. Just like the hybrids, the Plug-In hybrids have regenerative braking systems, so your battery charges when you break! Even while driving in All-Electric mode, these Plug-In Hybrids can reach up to 21 miles of driving range, making them practical for day-to-day driving to the grocery store, post office, or a short work commute.
The final vehicle to look at is Ford’s 2013 Focus Electric. This vehicle is All-Electric, with no gas engine. The advantages of this All-Electric vehicle are plentiful: No need for any gas or oil changes, zero CO2 emissions, and it’s powered completely by a rechargeable battery. Also, electric vehicles generally have fewer moving parts than gas-powered vehicles, so that typically reduces the cost spent on maintenance.
The image above is a chart that appears in Ford’s Electric Playbook (a booklet made from 100% recycled fiber). This chart allows you to compare the three types of hybrids based on categories like efficiency, charge time, and top-speed in electric mode. These statistics, complied by Ford, show many advantages over competitors. Competitors generally have longer charge times, lower driving ranges in Electric Mode, and lower top speeds.
Ford Hybrid and Plug-In vehicles come with SmartGuage with EcoGuide technologies, so your vehicle is literally coaching you on driving efficiently. For instance, the hybrid models have Efficiency Leaves, which grow as driving habits and efficiency improve. A Brake Coach feature, located on the left cluster screen, helps drivers optimize the Regenerative Braking System.
To find out more about our hybrids, visit this webpage. Click this link for more information on the Ford C-Max, here to learn more about the 2013 Fusion Hybrid, and here to look at the 2013 Focus Electric.