The Ford Fusion Energi offers a plug-in hybrid system providing 26 miles of all-electric driving. The combination of gas and electricity yields an overall EPA rating of 103 miles per gallon equivalent. The Fusion is a competent, attractive, midsize sedan. Unfortunately, the plug-in version has significantly less trunk space due to the extra batteries. The 2020 model will likely be the last year for the Fusion, as Ford shifts its focus to SUVs, many of which will be pure EVs or plug-in hybrids.

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The Mustang Mach-E is a dramatic start to Ford’s new EV efforts. The company infused the all-electric SUV with the signature design and performance of its legendary American sports car. When it arrives in late 2020, it will be available with standard and extended-range battery options offering up to 300 miles of range. And buyers will have the choice of either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The Mach-E is American muscle applied to a pure electric, five-seat sport utility vehicle.

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The Ford C-Max Energi is a compelling alternative to the other leading plug-in hybrids—the Chevy Volt and Plug-in Prius. It offers 20 miles of all-electric driving, 570 miles of total range, and an attractive price. That said, production of the C-Max Energi ended in September after Ford decided to discontinue the model. Supplies of new models will be increasingly limited throughout 2018.

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The five-door hatchback provides about 115 miles of range. It offers many features that make it an enticing EV package, including an attractive design and zippy drive. The Focus Electric employs a 107-kilowatt (143 horsepower) motor. Its nicely designed interior with materials of a higher quality than found in many affordable small cars.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 17, 2013

Ford Adds Workplace Charging: Now It's Marketing Time

Some 200 Level 2 chargers will go into 50 Ford locations in North America, including factories and offices. The company is strongly committed to electrifying the fleet, but its vehicles need a higher profile.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
June 14, 2013

Ford Neglects Focus Electric, But It's Still California-Compliant

Riding high on hybrids and plug-in hybrids, Ford isn't devoting a lot of time to its Focus Electric, which has sold only 723 units this year. But the CARB rules are lenient in the early years, so it should be OK. It's 2018 when things get really challenging.

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By Zach McDonald ·
June 12, 2013

Ford: No Updates for Focus Electric, Too Niche

Ford will not update its Focus Electric for the 2014 model year. Ford director of global electrification Nancy Giola says the carmaker still sees battery electric vehicles as a “niche” market and won't try to drive sales ahead of demand from consumers.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
May 10, 2013

Ford Switches to AeroVironment for Chargers, Drops Best Buy

Best Buy was Ford’s charging installation partner, but the big-box retailer is backing away from its wholesale embrace of EVs. Ford is going with an industry leader, AeroVironment, which is also a provider for Nissan, Mitsubishi and BMW’s ActiveE.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
April 26, 2013

First Drive: Ford Prototype Electric Car with In-Wheel Motors

Except for a few prototypes, in-wheel motor technology has been generally absent from the automotive world. That fantasy, of using motors in wheels, became much more real yesterday at Ford’s top-secret test facility in Lommel, Belgium, when I sat behind the wheel of a standard-looking Ford Fiesta, a prototype equipped with in-wheel motors.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
March 29, 2013

First Drive: Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid

Complementing the C-Max, with a virtually identical drivetrain, the Fusion offers five-seat luxury for the sedan buyer.

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