The 2020 Ford Fusion Energi & Hybrid
It’s the beginning of a new year, so we wouldn’t really be doing our job if we didn’t talk about some of this year’s best and brightest cars.
2020 is more than just a new year, though. The roaring twenties has been continuously brought up by those trying to emphasize making a change this year. The 1920s was a time of decadence, elegance, and living in the moment – but it was also a time of social, environmental, political, and economic change. With these 20s, we are hoping that society will make an impact in history that will liken this decade to the roaring twenties. However, we’re hoping that the “roaring” aspect of this next ten years comes from a quick and passionate social change toward adopting greener practices. Our 2020 lineup of hybrids and electric cars are only the beginning of what we believe will be a considerable decade filled with change.
At Ford, we are committed to creating vehicles that are not only innovative, but that are working toward a better future fall. After all, that has always been the focus of Ford’s vehicles, from the Model T to the enduring Ford F-150. Zeck Ford is inspired by the 2020 Ford Fusion Energi and Hybrid, and we’re hoping you are, too.
The Ford Fusion – The Making of an American Hybrid
Ford has done a lot of firsts in its over one hundred years of existence. It laid claim to the first mass-produced vehicle in the world; The Model T. Ford also created the first popular pickup truck, the Model T Runabout. While Ford may not have been the first company to produce a hybrid electric car, it did lay claim to a first in the electric car business. It was the first to create a hybrid SUV, the Ford Escape Hybrid.
The Ford Fusion was next on the docket, and a few years later, it came out with its highly-anticipated hybrid sedan. The original Ford Fusion was the 2010, released in late 2009. It came with an initial 39 mpg combined rating, which was very good for the time. This rating only improved, and in 2012 Ford finally released a plug-in hybrid version of this car – the Fusion Energi.
What is the Ford Fusion Energi?
The Ford Fusion Energi is less spoken about than its non-plug-in hybrid counterpart, but it’s a very cool addition to the Ford Fusion family. The Energi was first released in 2012 for the 2013 Ford auto lineup. Its impressive battery capacity has made it eligible for tax breaks up to $4,000 in participating states, as incentive for United States Citizens to take control of their carbon footprints. Additionally, the Energi meets all specifications in California to occupy a high-occupancy vehicle lane. Therefore, it is easy to see how, although it is a lesser-mentioned member of the Ford Family, it still has quite a few memorable aspects about it.
And as far as upgrades, the Energi has come a long way in only eight years.
Energi and Hybrid Specs
The 2020 Ford Fusion has received a well-needed makeover, which has not only made it look more sporty (think Mustang), but has also increased its aerodynamics, moreover increasing its performance and ability to run on battery alone.
The 2020 Ford Fusion base-model Hybrid starts at $28,000. Its estimated MPG rating for the highway is 43, and its estimated MPG for the city is 41, boasting a much-increased range since it was first released. The Fusion Hybrid comes standard with driver assistance technology, including BLIS, auto beam headlamps, lane-keeping system, a rearview camera, and braking assist with automatic emergency braking. Additionally, the Hybrid also comes with the built-in EcoGuide technology, which tells you how your driving habits are impacting your car’s range. The Fusion hybrid is a push-button start for its 2.0L i-VCT Atkinson-cycle Hybrid Engine and Electric Motor.
The 2020 Ford Fusion base-model Energi starts at $37,000 and shares all of the technology features as the base hybrid model. It comes standard with a continuously-variable speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive, and a combined MPG rating of 42. When plugged in, it takes approximately two and a half hours to charge the Ford Fusion Energi and were it to travel on battery alone, it could take you 26 miles. However, it also comes standard with a 14-gallon gas tank, which means that you can go for nearly 600 miles between fill-ups. Additionally, it has 188 Horsepower at 6000 rpm, which makes it a reasonably powerful car for such a modest price.
When it comes down to it, you’re going to save money and gas emissions regardless of whether you go with the Energi or the Ford Fusion Hybrid. For those who are super interested in green energy, however, the Energi is a great transition car into electric vehicles.
Why the World Needs More Green Cars
Critics of electric and hybrid cars will say that we’re not curbing greenhouse gas emissions, because electric vehicles still mostly use fossil fuels to charge. However, change has to start somewhere – and until we address the United States energy infrastructure, there is no way to change the fact that many of our electric cars will still use fossil fuels to charge. By purchasing vehicles that have the potential for 100% clean energy, and by pushing for policy change that focuses on Green Energy, we can ensure the future of the world as well as securing our ability to get around without dependency on gas.
The Ford Fusion Energi and Hybrid are only the beginning of Ford’s planned lineup of electric cars, but from where we are standing, the future’s looking bright (and green).
Are you interested in reducing your carbon footprint and potentially lowering your gas consumption this year? Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas, can help. We have the greater Kansas City’s largest selection of Ford electric and hybrid cars – as well as plenty of standard cars with excellent MPG ratings. Stop by our lot at 4501 South 4th. Street in Leavenworth, Kansas, or click here to browse our wide selection of new and used cars for sale.