Ford Fusion Energi Priced From $39,495

2 years ago by Inside EVs Staff 30

2013 Ford Fusion Energi From $39,495

The second half of Ford’s Energi lineup, the Fusion Energi, is set for deliveries in January of 2013, and now we finally know the price we will have to pay to own one.  $39,495

This $39,495 will get you into the the “entry-level,” but yet, “Luxury trim” level Fusion Energi SE.

According to Ford, the Fusion Energi Will Deliver More Than 100 MPGe

Add another $1,500 ($40,995) and you are riding in the “Titanium” model.

No details have yet been released on what options are included or available on either trim level.

The Fusion Energi is also eligible for the Federal plug-in incentive program to the tune of  $3,750 (estimated), making the effective price $35,745.  It will also qualify for some state incentives, like California’s CVRP scheme which nets a further $1,500 off the car.

For many, this starting price point is a real eye-brow raiser as most (if not everyone) assumed it be priced below its most direct competition, the Chevrolet Volt, which starts at $39,145.   $350 less.

However, because of the descrepency in the size of the on board lithium batteries between the two natural rivals, the Volt qualifies for the full $7,500 government credit, making the total net difference a cool $4,100. 

Where the Fusion Energi adds back value is in the overall larger size, the 5th seat, and the higher extended range MPG.

The Fusion Energi Features A Very Appealing Interior Design

The Fusion Energi is expected to have a total electric range of about 20 miles and an extended range EPA rating in the low 40s MPG, with a combined MPGe rating of “more than 100“.

No other specifics are yet know on the car, but it is assumes the gas set-up will be similar to the Fusion hybrid.  The hybrid has total power of 188 hp from its gasoline and electric motors, and starts at $27,995.

$11,500 seems like a pretty hefty premium over the hybrid for 20 miles of electric range, while making the Ford C-Max Energi (also with 20 miles AER) seem like a raging steal at $29,995 after incentives.

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30 responses to "Ford Fusion Energi Priced From $39,495"

  1. scottf200 says:

    It is pretty interesting how all of Volt rhetoric has come back around where it turns out GM did an amazing job with the “1st generation” as far as price AND electric miles distance/performance is concerned (ie. up to 100 MPH on all battery until drained). The new competition is just making this stand out more and more. Bravo for the competition tho as it raises awareness of how great plug-ins will be during this transition phase.

    1. Joule Thief says:

      Scott, totally agree. I really like the styling of the Fusion and was considering adding this as my second EV after my Volt, but as more details have emerged I’ve slowly lost my enthusiasm for the Ford. This is the nail in the coffin for me.

      I like the styling of both cars. Volt clearly wins on EV range/performance. Fusion gives you 5 seats, but will probably have near zero luggage space if the trunk is anything like the Focus EV (where the trunk is full of battery). I thought the Fusion Energi would be much cheaper than a Volt (closer to C-Max Energi in price) with much better mpg and possibly even a 6.6kW charger. None of which came true.

      Between the PiP pricing and now Fusion E pricing the Volt doesn’t seem so expensive afterall.

      1. James says:

        ….and SHAME ON YOU for STEALING all those joules! :)

  2. Tom K says:

    Wow,
    What a wet blanket on my hopes! I had ben looking forward to the Fusion Plug in and had put off buying a car until the Fusion Energi came out hoping it would follow suit of the C-Max and be priced so a family of five could by one without ging broke. The Volt/Federal credit and agressive pricing by Chevy make the Volt much more interesting now. We will just have to have a five seater ICE car or family trips. It would be helpful if Ford offered discounts or agressive lease deals.

    1. Joule Thief says:

      Even if the Fusion Energi were priced better, I’m not sure it could be used as a family trip car. I have yet to see a photo from Ford of the trunk, probably for good reason. They’d rather you see the stunning exterior and interior styling and distract you from realizing there is no luggage room. I could be wrong but we’ll see. As I posted above, the FFE trunk is useless. The Fusion Energi trunk may not be impacted as much since it’s a 7.6kWh battery vs. 23kWh pack. But I’m waiting to see…

  3. Anthony says:

    No mention of pack capacity?

    I’m starting to get frustrated with the MPGe system though. How does a car with 38 miles of range have less of an MPGe as a car with only half the electric range?

    That said, the Fusion is bigger than the Volt, so Ford is pricing it accordingly (after tax rebate). And 20 miles doesn’t fit my lifestyle, at least not until there are way more charging stations installed – something I think we should look at from a policy standpoint (I’d forget about the proposed increase in the federal rebate and just skip directly to providing incentives for companies to install them for employees and guests).

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Well, if you want to just go by my word (as Ford as yet to release the specs…but will shortly) it is 7.6 kWh.

    2. MrEnergyCzar says:

      MPGequivelent…. so a gallon of gas has about 33 KWH of energy… so the Ford goes over 100 miles on 33 KWH while the Volt goes 98. The highest is the Tesla Roadster which gets, I believe, above 120, Jay can confirm. The Roadster is all battery covered in a lightweight shell…..

      MrEnergyCzar

    3. MrEnergyCzar says:

      ….so the MPGe is really just an inverse way of saying how many miles per KWH you can go in each car i.e. how much you’ll spend in electricity when in battery mode per 100 miles etc….

      MrEnergyCzar

    4. Rashad says:

      Because once the electric range runs out, the fusion get 47 miles a gallon the volt only get 35 miles a gallon when the it’s electric range runs out.

      1. vdiv says:

        Try again. The Volt is rated at 38 MPG, mine gets 41 MPG on the highway. And what did we learn about the Ford hybrids/energies this week? They get less than rated. It is all a scam.

        All we know is the higher the AER the better the fuel economy.

      2. Joule Thief says:

        Both numbers are wrong. The Fusion ‘Hybrid’ is rated at 47mpg, but the Fusion ‘Energi’ will most likely be rated at 43mpg (same as the C-Max Hybrid vs. the C-Max Energi). And the Volt has an EPA combined rating of 37mpg (35 city and 40 hwy). More importantly, most Volt owners are getting better CS MPG than EPA (40+) and so far most Ford C-Max/Fusion Hybrid owners are getting WORSE mpg than EPA (<40 in many cases).

        This translates into real world the CS MPG for both cars will be comparable and the Volt will have double the electric range with better electric performance for less money! Ford blew it bigtime here IMO with a final price coming in several thousand more than a Volt. The MSRP should have been starting at $34,995 which would at least put it $1250 below the Volt after tax credits.

  4. Schmeltz says:

    Wow. Just wow. That list price felt like a slap in the face. I just don’t understand how the same powertrain in the C-Max Energi can be offered for over $11000 less than the Fusion Energi! They’re not even close. And I thought all along GM had better start getting worried about the Fusion Energi…well I think they can relax now.

    1. Jeff says:

      I don’t understand how it could be $11k less either. Oh wait, maybe there’s a good reason for that… like arithmetic, maybe?

      The Fusion Energi MSRP is $39,495.
      The C-Max Energi MSRP is $33,745.

      $39,495-$33,745 = $5,750

    2. Joule Thief says:

      I think Schmeltz may have been referring to the $11,500 figure quoted in the article. However that is the difference between the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi, not the C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi.

      On a related note, there may be a small miss in the articles numbers. The Ford price of $39,495 most like includes Ford’s $795 destination charge. The author compares this to a Volt MSRP of $39,145 which does not include Chevy’s $850 destination charge and therefore concludes the Volt MSRP is lower. When including destination charges for both vehicles, the Volt MSRP would be $500 more (or $445 more if you exclude destination from both cars). The net price, however, after factoring in tax credits would put the Volt $3,250 below the Fusion Energi. Either way Fusion is priced way too high IMO.

      1. Joule Thief says:

        Okay, scratch that. PlugIncars.com confirms the $39,495 price DOES NOT include the $795 destination fee. So I guess it really is $4,100 more than a Volt!!!

    3. vike says:

      I don’t think GM can relax – the C-MAX Energi is the real threat, and I think it compares quite favorably with the Volt depending on the buyer’s needs.

  5. Mark H says:

    I like the new styling of the Fusion Energi a lot. There is a market for the 20 mile PHEV and both the Fusion and C-Max Energi fill them well separated by styling and price.
    There is also a strong market for the 40 mile EREV of which the Chevy Volt is king. There is room for a 5 seat 40 mile PHEV/EREV.
    Pure BEV Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus looking good.
    Luxury and sport led by Tesla Model S and soon to be Cadilac ELR and BMW Active E.
    2012 has been a great year for EVs. Can’t wait for 2013. I wonder if the first global million EV’s can be reached in 2014? Easily by 2015 and that will be a milestone.

    1. James says:

      I’ll beg to differ with your opinion here. Honda tested this theory, but
      Ford wasn’t paying attention. Remember the Accord Hybrid of a few
      years back? They loaded it and priced it at the head of the Accord
      line reaching that ethereal entry-level luxury region. Honda couldn’t
      sell ‘em and the car flopped miserably.

      Now enter the Fusion at 43 mpg on gas, with an additional 20
      ( probably more like 16-17 ) miles on battery for $40k.
      The Fusion Hybrid just makes more sense at 47 mpg..
      Remember, these cars will get beat up in the media at large
      for their high prices and REAL WORLD mileage numbers less
      than advertised.

      Ford has a history of boasting and stretching it’s numbers a bit.
      Porsche always impressed me because the performance
      numbers they distribute regarding their cars is almost always
      BELOW what testers actually realize. GM seemed to
      take a conservative stance with Volt to avoid the bad press.

      Any which way you look at it, There will be a wide variety
      of vehicles with differing equations of battery pack and
      conventional gas or diesel powerplants to meet the needs
      of everyone. It’s funny how Ford advertises TOTAL RANGE
      of their vehicles and somehow wants us to believe
      that makes them superior.

  6. MrEnergyCzar says:

    Same price as a Volt with half the EV range but you get the 5th seat. Range or Seat? Choices are good for all….

    MrEnergyCzar

    1. vdiv says:

      Yeah, last time I checked, I drive to work by myself or with one other person, not 5. The 5th “seat” is greatly overrated for any use lasting over 10-15 minutes.

      1. Modern Marvel Fan says:

        @vdiv,

        Well said. Most people drive by themselves or with only 2 people. Majority of the drivers don’t even qualify for carpool lanes. Rarely anyone would need 5 seater. If carrying 5 people is important, get a minivan.

        No adults want to be squeezed into the pack of 3 in the second row…

  7. Shel says:

    I don’t know. For my driving habits, and my families, 38-40 mile range is really about the minimum, in order to make the extra expense in buying an EV worthwhile.

    I took my kids to school today (usually, my wife drives them, and that’s the primary purpose of our getting the Volt), took a short detour, and ended up back home with about 12 miles left.

    With 20 miles of electric range, it would probably require almost always using the ICE, thereby defeating, or at least drastically minimizing the benefit of plugging my car in!

    While for the first week or two, plugging your car in every time you come home, and having to unplug it, is a novelty, and actually kind of fun, if I only got 11 miles range, or even 20 miles, I just wonder how long until I’d start to be bothered by having to plug my car in for only a few electric miles in return.

  8. Grumpy says:

    Gee, I sort of had a bit of buyer’s remorse when I saw the new Fusion (compared to my Volt). I think it is a great looking car. We have a 2010 Fusion Hybrid and it has been an excellent car. It was especially bad when C-Max was priced at 30,000.

    I don’t feel bad at all now. I consistently get between 47 and 50+ miles per charge on the Volt and most sources are finding the Fords deliver less then their EPA ratings. Why would someone interested in an EV pay more for less?

  9. evnow says:

    C-Max Energi costs only $1,000 after tax credits extra compared to C-Max Hybrid. Why does Fusion Energi cost more than $7,000 extra compared to Fusion Hybrid ? Both Energi’s has essentially the same battery and electric drive components. Makes no sense.

    Just means, Fusion Energi, unlike C-Max Energi is not a serious model. May be Ford thinks it has no competitors in that segment (unlike the Prius PlugIn that competes with c-max).

    I don’t think Volt is really a direct competitor because of size.

  10. DrInnovaiton says:

    Choice is good, but its a lot to pay for the 5th seat and styling. A bit better than the Plug in Prius in terms of range, but pricing is still high.

    The article says “The Fusion Energi is expected to have a total electric range of about 20 miles and an extended range EPA rating in the low 40s MPG, with a combined MPGe rating of “more than 100“.”

    I don’t see how it can have a combined MPGe of 100.. it may have an EV MPGe of over 100, lets say 105, but with about 20 mile AER it will have a utility factor of .35 or os and with even 45MPG in CS, the combined MPGe would be 56MPGe, well below the volts 60 and the Plug in Prius at 58.

  11. Stuart22 says:

    Wow – how quickly the celebratory music fades out for Ford as more details are discovered.

    After a Thanksgiving Day 170 mile round trip to my brother’s house in my Volt, I have to confess my sad reluctance to have had to face up to the necessity of driving in ‘charge sustain’ mode with the gas engine running the generator in order to go the distance. I’ve clearly been spoiled by all the driving I do within its easily attainable and generous 40+ EV range.

    I love the styling of the Fusion Energi, but living with it would be a tremendous disappointment as I’d end up having to continually suppress the ‘gas anxiety’ effect its inferior EV range and capabilities would foster.

  12. Chris says:

    The Powerwheel I had as a kid probably had an MPGe of about 500 miles. The range was about 100 yards, but clearly that doesn’t affect price based on the Fusion.

  13. Modern Marvel Fan says:

    Well, Fusion Energi is the FIRST PLUGIN HYBRID “SEDAN” under $50k (Fisker being the ONLY other entry).

    When you are the first, you usually “ask” for a premium.

    I am curious on its MPG in hybrid mode (NOT GOING TO BE 47mpg, will more like 40 mpg). Its trunk size (will be small) and its performance.

  14. Reality says:

    Funny how all the Volt “fanboys” comments are prevalent here without any real world knowledge of the Fusion energi.

    All speculation.

    And BTW the 60k you REALLY paid for your volt and then got a 7k break from taxpayers…only the tree hugging friends are riding that bus.

    C’mon everybody lets get on the electric bus….we can reduce greenhouse gasses(which trees love…(go figure)…..and replace it with a more highly toxic chemical that needs to be disposed of…. exponentially adding pollution our environment for future generations to come.

    Tragedy has been and always will be the ignorance of the superior human mind.