The U.S. plug-in hybrid automobile market just received a game-changer right off the assembly line in the form of the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi. This latest entrant into the competition for the top American green car features a wide variety of technologies that make it both a pleasurable and cost-effective experience, thanks to innovations by the generations-old automaker.
Since being formally released, the car has scooped up several accolades which are sure to make it attractive to potential buyers. According to Ford, the new Fusion model received the prize for Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal, a major industry news source. Additionally, a seal of approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established that the new car is capable of up to 108 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in an urban environment, or 92 MPGe on the highway. In its press release, the automaker lauded the fact that its certification meant that it is 5 MPGe more efficient than this year’s Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle.
“The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is the exclamation point for Ford’s transformed lineup of fuel-efficiency leaders that now beats Toyota across the board,” Raj Nair, group vice president of global production for Ford, said in the release.
Another interesting feature is the SYNC with MyFord Touch technology, which allows drivers to perform a wide variety of functions with just their voices, including calling people with their mobile phones, adjusting the temperature and resetting the GPS map system.
If you’re in the market for a new green car, you might want take this year’s Focus Energi for a test drive. Its multi-faceted approach to reducing energy consumption while improving on previous developments in this series makes it a serious car for any American driver.