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Ford readies Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid for debut in 2013

The plug-in hybrid version of the Ford Fusion midsize sedan will have a battery-only range of more than 21 miles and top speed of 85 mph. The plug-in hybrid, which Ford calls the Fusion Energi, should go on sale early in 2013.

Ford expects the car to get an EPA rating of better than 100 m.p.g.e. when it’s running on batteries. That would make it one of the most efficient vehicles on the road. Plug-in hybrids have larger batteries than conventional hybrids. They can run on electricity alone for considerably greater distances than basic hybrids, which can usually only cover a mile or two on battery power.

“Plug-in hybrids make more sense for most drivers than pure electric cars, because there’s not much infrastructure for charging” battery-only vehicles, said Michelle Krebs, senior analyst with Edmunds.com.
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