Official: Refreshed Fusion Energi Now Gets 21 Miles AER, 610 Miles Total Range

10 months ago by Jay Cole 78

New look, more miles for the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi

New look, more miles for the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi

About 3 weeks ago, InsideEVs got its hands on a window sticker for the new and refreshed 2017 Ford Fusion Energi and already broke the news that the plug-in from Ford had also undergone some slight efficiency upgrades.

New 2017 Ford Fusion Window Sticker

New 2017 Ford Fusion Window Sticker

But today Ford made it official, while also curiously putting the emphasis on the total range of the car, calling it “a plug-in hybrid that can go further than any other”.

As for that number, the Fusion Energi can now travel some 610 miles (EPA) between stops – petrol included.

“Plug-in hybrids are electric vehicles until you run down the battery,” said Wade Jackson, marketing manager for Ford Fusion on the recent upgrade, “then they work exactly like a conventional hybrid.

(The) Fusion Energi – with a full battery and a full tank of gas – can go from San Diego, through Los Angeles and all the way up to San Francisco, and still have up to 110 miles of range remaining.”

Petrol range not withstanding, here are the pertinent details in regards to the electric abilities of the car:

*- all electric range moves to 21 miles from 19 miles

*- 2017 Fusion Energi rated at 42 MPG, a 10.5% gain over the 38 MPG found in the 2016s

*- overall/blended efficiency now stands at 97 MPGe, the 2016 is rated at 88 MPG3

The 2017 Fusion Energi lineup featured both a lower priced entry model, and a higher end "Platinum" version. Pricing ranges from $33,995 (incl dest) to $41,995

The 2017 Fusion Energi lineup featured both a lower priced entry model, and a higher end “Platinum” version

Ford notes the improvements are achieved through changes to the car’s hybrid powertrain software and via adjustments with the regenerative braking.

Kevin Layden, who is Ford director of electrified powertrain engineering, says that the Fusion Energi is a “great option for people who might not live, work or play near electric-vehicle charging stations, or who take trips to places where the electric-vehicle infrastructure is not yet established.”

Mr. Layden also added that the “Fusion Energi gives …the freedom to go gas-free for shorter trips and the fuel efficiency of a gas engine for longer trips…and it’s very affordable.”

As to the affordability, the new Fusion Energi’s base MSRP has actually been lowered for the 2017 model year, now starting at $31,995 (including $875 destination).

We should note that production of the Fusion Energi actually kicked off April 4th of this year, and the first ~500 or so copies have already made their way to Ford dealers this month.  So for once on the news, if you want one…you can actually go get one!

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78 responses to "Official: Refreshed Fusion Energi Now Gets 21 Miles AER, 610 Miles Total Range"

  1. kdawg says:

    Interesting that the electric + gas = 22 miles.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Mile 22 has some fractional bits…the EPA is a lot more specific these days, (=

      1. kdawg says:

        The text in the sticker says “These estimates reflect new EPA methods beginning with 2017 models.”

        Do we know what the new methods are?

        1. Jay Cole says:

          Yes, (=

          1. Speculawyer says:

            Sounds like material for a good article.

    2. mx9000 says:

      Why is Ford sticking with the OLDEST Battery on the market???

  2. Brian says:

    Just because the battery doesn’t take up enough cargo space, Ford also decided to put an absurdly large gas tank in this thing. SMH. I’d rather gain 5 gallons of storage space than keep the nearly useless 200 miles of extra range.

    1. TedFredrick says:

      Good point. I would probably buy one of these but the storage area is to small.

      1. Texas FFE says:

        The rear seats fold down and makes a pretty functional cargo space with pass through to the trunk. I think my FFE can actually carry more but unless you are trying to move furniture with it the cargo space of the Fusion should be more than adequate. The batteries only take up about 10 cubic feet of cargo space, if you need much more cargo space maybe you shouldn’t be looking at sedans.

        1. tedfredrick says:

          I also have an FFE and just learned about my fourth grandaughter. I will not buy another gas car. My only option right now is a Model X which my son has. I can’t afford one of those.

    2. Speculawyer says:

      EXACTLY. They had a chance to increase the electric-only range or AT LEAST reclaim some cargo space. Instead they went with the worst decision and added completely useless gasoline range for a car that already drove for longer than you can hold your pee.

      1. Stephen D says:

        I didn’t read anything about better batteries. Why would the trunk space change? The extra range is from better motor / ICE efficiency.

        1. Speculawyer says:

          That doesn’t change things. If all the gains were from increased efficiency then they could have reduced the size of the gas tank in order to increase the size of the batteries . . . or at least gain more storage space.

          But they couldn’t be bothered with that I guess.

          1. zzzzzzzzzz says:

            Yes. Maybe the smaller tank space wasn’t easily available for trunk for some reason.
            PHEV and hybrid tank is already smaller than regular Fusion:
            http://www.ford.com/cars/fusion/specifications/capacities/
            I have no idea why Ford uses such big tanks.

          2. evcarstugatso says:

            Carrying all that extra fuel load , will decrease fuel mileage ..that’s suppose to be Better ?..H0W?…

      2. TX NRG says:

        This is merely a cosmetic refresh of a car in its 5th model year of the current generation that Ford is minimally investing in until the next gen is due in 2-3 years when battery pack layout and type may be changed as part of a more major redesign. The gas tank size has stayed the same for five years along with most of the rest of the car with the exception of tweaks to headlights, grill, instrument panel controls, software, etc. Ford emphasized the 600+ mile combined range back when the 2013 was launched with 45mpg rating ( later lowered) to address EV range anxiety concerns with the small battery. There are not many new selling points if they are going back to that.

    3. Kakkerlak says:

      Fusion Energi: 14.0
      Fusion Hybrid: 13.5
      Fusion Gasoline: 16.5 or 18 for AWD model

      So it’s not absurdly large. I’m impressed as hell with the Fusion’s total range and efficiency for such a large car.

      I agree that it’s a strange brag, but it’s no weirder than people saying that an EV is useless because their grandmother lives in Poughkeepsie and they might need to visit at Christmas.

      1. Brian says:

        I’d feel bad for anyone whose grandmother lives in Poughkeepsie!

        1. Sperling says:

          hey! I happen run the local Poughkeepsie EV group.. if you’re ever in town look us up on fb! (Hudson Valley Electric Vehicle Drivers)

          1. Brian says:

            I’ve been a member of the Facebook group for a while now, even went to an event in Carmel that you posted. Although I live in Syracuse now, I grew up in East Fishkill and worked at IBM Poughkeepsie briefly. I still have family in the Hudson Valley whom I visit often I’m familiar with the area.

            Poughkeepsie isn’t exactly the nicest city, sorry. Not a place I’d want my grandmother to live.

        2. evcarstugatso says:

          Yea , me too….

  3. Assaf says:

    While any plug-in sale give some boost to the segment, I wonder how many Fusion/Cmax PHEV buyers do it because after incentives, they get a deal that’s downright cheaper than a pure ICE version.

    Not that this is bad, but it means many of them might be in the mindset of “I don’t even need to charge it, I already saved the money”.

    1. Texas FFE says:

      Completely wrong, the Fusion Energi is a very desirable car. I bought a Fusion Hybrid then I upgraded to the Energi when it came out. The Fusion is a very technologically advanced and is just fun to drive, the only thing I really don’t like about my Fusion is that my wife never lets me drive it.

      1. Assaf says:

        Wow, good to hear.

      2. PHEVfan says:

        Sorry Tex, just because it doesn’t apply to YOU doesn’t mean it is completely wrong.

        As was seen with the Volt, there are some who will buy the PHEV and never or seldom use the P part of it.

    2. Brian says:

      Well, I bought a CMax Energi. It was the only car outside of a Model S (which I cannot afford) which has enough electric range to do my local driving all electric yet still has enough cargo area to haul the family, gear, and presents, to grandma’s for Christmas (or summer vacation, or whatever). It had nothing to do with the incentives. I would have paid MSRP, but I got a deal and ended up with a nearly loaded car for $25k.

      The Volt is a great car, but not everyone needs 40+ miles of EV range to avoid burning gas. It also has a small cargo area. The Fusion is also nice, but its trunk is smaller than the Volt. Neither is large enough for my needs.

  4. David Murray says:

    I don’t believe there is any change to the car at all. I suspect the “improvements” simply come from playing the numbers game and changes in the testing procedure.

    1. Texas FFE says:

      The increased range doesn’t really interest me but the full stop and go ACC is desirable, the ACC on my 2015 kicks off below 10 mph.

      1. Speculawyer says:

        You should really define your acronyms unless they are widely known. What is ACC?

        1. Spider-Dan says:

          Adaptive Cruise Control (a feature that is new to several 2016-17 EVs).

          ACC allows you to set the speed you want to cruise at, and if a car in your lane ahead of you is going slower, you will automatically slow down enough to maintain a safe following distance, then resume your set speed if/when the car ahead of you moves out of your lane.

          1. Speculawyer says:

            Ahh . . . thanks!

        2. Brian says:

          FYI, ACC has been around in cars for almost two decades now to some degree. Until recently it was reserved for high-end cars.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_cruise_control_system

          1. james b. says:

            My 2013 Fusion Energi has it. I added it to my after one short demo of it in a Taurus.

    2. kdawg says:

      Aren’t they getting the new chemistry from LG now? This is prob the first time they have retested since then.

  5. Texas FFE says:

    After I bought my 2015 Fusion Energi my wife decided it was her car and I wasn’t allowed to drive it anymore. I thought about buying another Fusion Energi for me to drive to work but I really didn’t like running out of battery on my way home. I bought my FFE and now I never run gas for my local trips, for longer trips I still have my SUV converted to run on E85.

    1. David Murray says:

      It gets confusing sometimes when people use the term FFE… Because that could literally mean either of these two cars:

      Ford Fusion Energi
      Ford Focus Electric

      1. Texas FFE says:

        I’ve never heard of anyone ever referring to the Fusion Energi as FFE but a lot of people use FFE for the Focus Electric. It’s sure a lot easier writing FFE than Ford Focus Electric all the time.

        1. Spider-Dan says:

          You could just say Focus EV or Fusion EV. It’s still shorter than typing “Prius Prime” (and we can’t really abbreviate that to PP).

          1. Maybe PiPP will gain currency. Pass it on…

        2. Ziv says:

          I started using FFEn and FFEl for the Ford Fusion Energi and the Focus Electric but oddly enough the acronyms didn’t gain wide acceptance.
          😉

      2. Brandon says:

        I too was wondering David.

    2. Koenigsegg says:

      Your a man. Dont let your wife control you dammit!

      1. tedfredrick says:

        How long have you been single??

  6. Speculawyer says:

    Really Ford? Your big advance is to bang out a slightly large metal container to hold gasoline? Not only that, you simply extended a range that was already well beyond “I gotta take a pee!” distance.

    Why not make the BATTERY bigger? Or at least regain more trunk space.

    Fail.

    1. David Murray says:

      Agreed… Although there’s a certain irony here in that I’ve seen comments from ICE drivers who say that they’d never buy an EV unless it had 800 to 1,000 miles of range. Of course, I highly suspect most of them have no idea what the range is of their own gas car. And this sort of proves the point.. nobody really cares about having 610 miles of range.

      1. Speculawyer says:

        Yeah, the typical range of a gas car is somewhere between 300 and 400 miles.

        And there is very little need for EVs even have a range that long since most people charge them up at home each night and thus wake up with a full charge.

        The main reason for the 300 to 400 mile range in a gas car is so you don’t have to go to the gas station every other day.

      2. Doggydogworld says:

        If gascars had ~100 mile range and one hour+ fillups then everyone would know their car’s range. At 300+ miles with 5 minute fillup no one even thinks about it.

      3. zzzzzzzzzz says:

        They know perfectly well what is the range of gas car. It is unlimited range. You can refuel in 3 minutes and refueling time becomes irrelevant. So you get this 1000 mile range request as a result. People just don’t want to be bothered about some range or charging time restrictions.

        1. Rightofthepeople says:

          Exactly. That is why Ford added some gas tank capacity and is promoting the 610 mile range. They know their customers, and are marketing the car appropriately. While it irks most people on this site, we should actually be rejoicing. Ford marketing the Energi to a wider audience will increase market penetration of plugins, and that is something we should all welcome.

          1. TX NRG says:

            The 2017 Fusion Energi gas tank size is listed as 14g, same as the 2013-2016.

      4. LEAF_n_PiP says:

        It depends if you like going to the gas station or not. For people who have long commutes, it’s nice to go to the gas station less frequently. I had a Mustang a few years ago, and found myself filling up gas every 215 miles. As someone who drives a lot of miles per day (90-120 daily miles on average between commuting for work and errands), I felt like I was filling up gas all the time. With a Plug-in Prius, in addition to spending a lot less money on each fillup, I only fill up gas 1/3 as often. With the new Ford Fusion Energi, that would be even fewer trips to the gas station.

  7. Someone out there says:

    It’s telling that they emphasize how you can drive on gas instead of electricity.

  8. Orygun EV driver says:

    Note that the all electric range is 0-21, which I understand means that it cannot run the entire EPA range test cycle without firing the ICE.

    1. Brian says:

      Yes. The EPA test requires that the car be run in the default mode. My CMax Energi can lock out the ICE almost entirely in “EV Now” mode. I assume the Fusion is the same way. So for a real owner, if you wanted those 21 miles to be EV, you just put the car into EV Now mode.

    2. jdbob says:

      I think that’s stated that way because somewhere in the test cycle they apply enough pedal to start the gas engine in EV Auto mode. If they would just change the mode to EV Now mode then they wouldn’t have that problem. I would consider that a “cockpit problem”.

  9. Trollnonymous says:

    Too little too late……21 miles AER?!?!?!?

  10. Get Real says:

    And, where is the Chevy Malibu plug-in to compete or the GM CUV(s) with their excellent Voltec???

    GM, hello are you listening???

  11. Bloggin says:

    2017 Fusion Energi drivetrain has a few updates:

    – new rotary transmission controller
    – new more efficient electric motor
    – new cvt programming
    – improved efficiency of regenerative braking

    14 gallon fuel tank remained the same.

    New 2017 EPA rules which increases costing speed knocks 2mpg combined from most vehicles. 2017 Fusion Energi improvements overcame that 2mpg, along with increasing an addition 4mpg over the 2016 model. In total, updates offered about 6mpg improvement over 2016 model, while at the same time offering 2 more pure EV miles.

  12. kubel says:

    “…through changes to software…” = “we are cheating again”.

  13. JyTesla3 says:

    *

  14. ModernMarvelFan says:

    I think the best part is the lower starting price around $31K.

    I think this will do more to draw in buyers than the extra 2 EV miles or slighly more MPG or the bigger range per tank (the most useless figure).

    1. Speculawyer says:

      Very true. They deserve credit for that.

  15. wavelet says:

    I don’t get it.
    Even small design changes in a car are a lot of effort for the manufacturer: Engineering tests have to be repeated for regulatory & other reasons, production/assembly lines need to be changed, supply chain might need to be re-qualified.
    For EVs, AER is one of the most important metrics at this point in time. Certainly more than MPGe or total range (I don’t think most ICE drivers even know the theoretical or practical range of their car)…
    Surely Ford knows this? Why bother making such a small change? AFAIK, there wasn’t otherwise anything horrible in the car that needed upgrading?

  16. James B. says:

    The 43,000 on my 2013 has me running 100.8 MPGe so I think I’m doing alright. 100% it’s being able to charge at work and home and they being 19 miles apart. I’m just now starting to see battery/range degrade and, of course, Ford won’t talk about it to me.

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      ” I’m just now starting to see battery/range degrade and”

      Wow, that is the first degradation claim on the Energi models.

      How is that estimated? Did you measure your battery capacity? Is the usable battery capacity going down measured by the car? In “EV only” mode?

      Or are you just getting less miles per charge? If so, could that be an efficiency drop rather than battery capacity drop?

      I am curious to find out.

      There are some reports about PIP losing its range after only 1-2 years. But that is so hard to estimate since its engine starts all the time.

      1. TX NRG says:

        Battery degradation / loss of EV range has been seen in Energis in hotter states. I noticed it with mine before I had it 2 years at around 20k miles. It’s leveled off since. When new, I could go 25-28 miles from 5.5-5.6kwh and it dropped to 18-20 miles using only 4.3-4.4 kwh from a full charge under same temperatures & conditions.

        1. james b. says:

          ^^^ exactly this. I started seeing it about that time frame too. I got mine June 2013. A full charge was just over 2 hours, now it’s down to 1.5+. ChargePoint tells me what it puts into the car and the MyFord web site tells you the last few days of trips.

  17. Just_Chris says:

    I think it’s great the ford has dropped the price, that was really the biggest problem. The trunk space issue is IMO a big problem for people who don’t buy saloons. If you need to haul a lot of stuff why would you buy a saloon? As soon a you have a reasonably large square item your stuffed.

    The 610 miles range thing is interesting. Why would anyone care about range in a hybrid or other petrol car? The idea that the marketing team at ford where having a bad day and just made a random call on selling feature is nonsense. They will have gathered thousands of data points via numerous sources before giving it such a high profile. That is fascinating, it suggests to me that range really is becoming the new horse power, which of course is the biggest nonsense metric ever invented – it’s not even a true measure of power! Anyway, is vehicle range now becoming important? Perhaps it’s just a dig at the i3 or tesla. I’d like to think it is a sign that people are starting to realise how much of a pain in the a**s it is to go to a petrol station but I suspect not.

  18. Empire State says:

    Can someone explain how this statement can be mathematically supported?
    “2017 Fusion Energi rated at 42 MPG, a 10.5% gain over the 39 MPG found in the 2016s”

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Sorry about that, the percentage is right, there is/was an typo listing the old MPG figure on the 2016 Fusion Energi (it should be 38 MPG).

      /fixed – thanks

  19. Elroy says:

    The fuel economy on the Fusion Plug in is phenomenal for such a large car. Took a 2016 Fusion on a 850 mile trip. The car is in a whole different class of comfort and roominess than cars such as the Volt. 42mpg is a pretty impressive achievement.

    1. Spider-Dan says:

      The Fusion Energi trades electric range and cargo space for passenger room. What’s more important is up to you.

  20. Rick Bronson says:

    2 mile increase in Electric range.
    3 MPG increase.
    9 MPGe increase.
    $780 decrease in price.

    4-way improvement.
    Now the 5th and the most thing is increase in sales.
    If June is the 1st full month of sales, then we can see it in July Report Card.

  21. Koenigsegg says:

    21 miles of electric range

    588 miles of gas range

    Sweet!

    rofl

  22. Jeffrey Songster says:

    Drive 20 miles… recharge for 4 hours… drive 20 miles… or what most drivers of these cars will do… almost never charge and drive on gas. So what was the point of taking up the trunk and making it go 600 miles on a fill up… most folks will stop at least at around 250 miles for bathroom anyway… and to avoid driver fatigue… seems a smaller gas tank and larger battery in a better location… like under seats and floor as Tesla, GM, Kia and Nissan have done. Oh well… nice looking car anyway for an expensive ICE.

    1. james b. says:

      Drive 20 miles, ~2 hours or less to charge. 4+ is only on L1.

      Austin has way too many L2 chargers to sit anywhere on L1, unless you at a house (or the airport).

      In hybrid mode I get easily in the 50 MPG, unless I drive like I’m from Houston (which I am), then it’s upper 30’s 🙂

  23. PHEVfan says:

    Personally I don’t think Ford did much at all to improve the Fusion efficiency except re-calculate the performance.
    If you recall, they caught hell for mis-quoting the mileage when they introduced the new model in 2013. Turns out they had “mis-calculated” the wind resistance/frontal area of the car. Also turns out that they used the calculation from the Fusion Hybrid and applied it to the C-Max Hybrid since the EPA allows that (the numbers are transferable as long as the drive train and weight class are the same). But then Ford found out that in Hybrids those numbers are much more sensitive to wind resistance and so the Fusion actually got better mileage than the C-Max.
    Then on the Energi’s they did the exact opposite, since the C-Max Energi was supposed to be the higher volume product. (it was for the first year). So they transferred the mileage from the C-Max Energi to the Fusion. The problem is, the Fusion does better than the C-Max. So from 2013-2016 they had lower numbers for the Fusion Energi. Now they claim they’ve “improved” the mileage for 2017, when in reality it is little better than it was before, just now they are giving you the actual numbers, rather than transferred values from the C-Max.
    That’s my thought anyway.

    1. james b. says:

      Hey, I got a nice check from Ford for that (~$800) miscalculation.

      I then have proven them wrong by getting over the 100 MPGe average so far lifetime in all driving, 88% electric driving.