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Fusion Energi one of the most efficient vehicles, to top EPA rating of 100 m.p.g.e.

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 m.p.h. 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 cover only 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

Ford won’t say what fuel economy it expects when the car operates like a standard gas/electric hybrid, but it will probably be about 4 m.p.g. below the Fusion hybrid’s 47 m.p.g. rating in combined city and highway driving.


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