2019 Ford Fusion Energi Gets Electric Range Bump

MAR 21 2018 BY MARK KANE 44

Ford is going to unveil the new 2019 Fusion at the New York Auto Show later this month with Ford Co-Pilot360, a suite of standard driver-assist technologies.

2019 Ford Fusion Energi

The new 2019 Fusion Energi version will be equipped with higher energy dense battery cells, so in the same footprint there will be a 9.0 kWh battery (instead of the previous 7.6 kWh).

The 18.4% capacity increase is expected to up the EPA all-electric rating from 21 miles to 25 miles (up 19%).

Ford thinks that 25 miles will be enough for up to 80% of Fusion drivers to drive their typical daily commute on electricity alone.

The 2019 Fusion will appear in showrooms by late summer – there are no details on whether or not 2019 Fusion Energi deliveries will start at the same time.

“The new Fusion Energi is projected to offer an EPA-estimated electric-only range of 25 miles, which is nearly 20 percent greater than that of the current model. Ford engineers designed a new 9.0-kilowatt-hour air-cooled lithium-ion battery offering greater energy capacity with no change to the physical size of the battery pack.

Based on data generated by more than 23,000 MyFord® Mobile plug-in hybrid customers over several years, Ford estimates the 2019 Fusion Energi will potentially allow up to 80 percent of plug-in customers to drive their typical daily commute on electricity alone, with the support of both home and workplace charging, assuming the vehicle is fully charged daily at home and at work.

Even without workplace charging, Ford estimates approximately 48 percent of plug-in hybrid customers could potentially get to and from their jobs on electric power alone. This estimate is based on MyFordMobile data collected from more than 19 million unique trips from 23,000 Ford battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.”

Overall, the look of the new Fusion is tweeked here and there, but not all that different from the current model:

“Fusion brings new front and rear styling including a new grille featuring a five-bar design finished in chrome on S, SE and SEL models and new chrome mesh on Titanium. This sleeker Fusion also features a new trunk lid panel, fog lamps and LED taillamps.”

Next year, Ford intends to introduce new wheel designs and fresh color palettes inside and out.

Read Also – Ford Makes Big Electrification Commitment, Soft Plug-In Promise

The new Ford Co-Pilot360 package includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system, lane keeping system, rear backup camera and auto high-beam lighting. The Fusion Energi will have rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, voice-activated navigation, and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link.

Fusion Co-Pilot360 Infographic

Press release:

Sleeker, Smarter 2019 Fusion Is First Ford with Standard Ford Co-Pilot360 Driver-Assist Technology, Greater Plug-In Hybrid Range

  • The new 2019 Fusion brings the debut of Ford Co-Pilot360, the most advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies among full-line brands that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system, lane keeping system, rear backup camera and auto high-beam lighting
  • 1.5-liter EcoBoost® engine now standard on Fusion SE and higher trim levels, while new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid model is projected to have an EPA-estimated electric-only range of up to 25 miles – nearly 20 percent greater than the current model
  • Fusion Titanium and Fusion Hybrid customers will get even more standard technologies, including adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and an advanced navigation system
  • Updated Fusion styling for all models includes sleeker front and rear design, new wheels and fresh color palettes inside and out, while simplified lineup makes for easier ordering

2019 Ford Fusion Energi

DEARBORN, Mich., March 20, 2018 – Ford today announces the 2019 Fusion sedan – the first Ford vehicle globally with standard new state-of-the-art Co-Pilot360 driver-assist technology, plus sleeker styling for all models and greater projected all-electric driving range for the plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi.

The new Fusion, which makes its public debut at the New York Auto Show later this month, will be in showrooms by late summer – complete with new technology to make driving safer and easier.

“People tell us they are stressed with crowded roads and more distracted drivers and pedestrians. Our Ford Co-Pilot360 with standard automatic emergency braking and other technologies can help them drive more confidently so they can enjoy the journey,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager. “For our green-minded customers, we’ve amped up our Fusion Energi with a projected increase of nearly 20 percent electric-only driving range.”

Ford Co-Pilot360 means more standard driver-assist technology, greater connectivity

2019 Ford Fusion Energi

Fusion launches Ford Co-Pilot360 for the company globally, standardizing driver-assist technologies both to improve the driving experience for customers and to make the ordering process easier and faster.

From the entry-level Fusion S to Fusion Energi Titanium, every 2019 Fusion features must-have Ford Co-Pilot360 Protect driver-assist technologies as standard equipment, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system, lane keeping system, a rear backup camera and auto high-beam lighting.

Automatic emergency braking helps reduce the severity of or potentially avoid collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians who might accidentally cross in front of the car’s path.

Standard blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert for every Fusion uses radar to detect surrounding vehicles – providing alerts if vehicles are detected approaching unseen from either side. To help avoid lane drift, standard lane keeping system vibrates the steering wheel and can apply extra steering wheel torque to help keep the car centered in the lane.

Beyond standard Ford Co-Pilot360 Protect is a more advanced bundle of optional driver-assist technologies that makes driving even easier. Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go, which automatically accelerates and brakes to a full stop when traffic halts, while maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.

Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist includes voice-activated navigation and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link. SYNC® 3 with 8-inch LCD touch screen is now standard for Fusion SE and above models, while voice-activated touch screen navigation with pinch-to-zoom capability, plus SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link is standard for Fusion Hybrid SEL, Fusion Titanium and Fusion V6 Sport.

Fusion SE and above models now include a standard embedded 4G LTE modem providing Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices. Furthermore, SYNC 3 with the Ford+Alexa app offers access to Alexa skills, like adding items to a shopping list or playing music. New Waze compatibility will help drivers avoid troublesome traffic spots. Commands and functionality for Ford+Alexa and Waze may vary depending on smartphone and required software.

Fusion Energi’s electric range projected to gain nearly 20 percent

2019 Ford Fusion Energi

The new Fusion Energi is projected to offer an EPA-estimated electric-only range of 25 miles, which is nearly 20 percent greater than that of the current model. Ford engineers designed a new 9.0-kilowatt-hour air-cooled lithium-ion battery offering greater energy capacity with no change to the physical size of the battery pack.

Based on data generated by more than 23,000 MyFord® Mobile plug-in hybrid customers over several years, Ford estimates the 2019 Fusion Energi will potentially allow up to 80 percent of plug-in customers to drive their typical daily commute on electricity alone, with the support of both home and workplace charging, assuming the vehicle is fully charged daily at home and at work.

Even without workplace charging, Ford estimates approximately 48 percent of plug-in hybrid customers could potentially get to and from their jobs on electric power alone. This estimate is based on MyFordMobile data collected from more than 19 million unique trips from 23,000 Ford battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Simplified new lineup brings more features, more value than ever
A simplified Ford Fusion lineup now includes even more technology and style for 2019: The new Fusion models include:

  • Fusion S: Upgraded entry model now includes standard Ford Co-Pilot360 Protect, which combines automatic emergency braking with pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beams and rain-sensing wipers
  • Fusion SE, Fusion Hybrid SE: Adding to the equipment on Fusion S, gasoline-powered Fusion SE comes standard with 1.5-liter EcoBoost®, SYNC 3 with 8-inch LCD touch screen, SYNC Connect with Wi-Fi hotspot and dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control. Fusion Hybrid SE adds a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder hybrid engine with continouously variable transmission for smooth operation
  • Fusion SEL, Fusion Hybrid SEL: Return of Fusion SEL replaces SE Luxury Package. It includes 10-way power driver’s seat with two memory settings, ActiveX seating surfaces, heated front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, intelligent access with remote start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED headlamps and warm interior accents. Hybrid model adds voice-activated touch screen navigation with pinch-to-zoom capability, plus SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  • Fusion Titanium, Fusion Hybrid Titanium: Fusion Titanium includes standard heated steering wheel, heated and cooled seats, rear inflatable seat belts, 19-inch wheels, navigation system, moonroof and adaptive cruise control with stop and go
  • Fusion Energi Titanium: In addition to a near 20 percent projected increase in electric-only driving range, Fusion Energi now includes rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, voice-activated navigation, and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  • Fusion V6 Sport: With standard all-wheel drive and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, the 325-horsepower Fusion V6 Sport remains the most powerful car in its class

Still a head-turner

Fusion brings new front and rear styling including a new grille featuring a five-bar design finished in chrome on S, SE and SEL models and new chrome mesh on Titanium. This sleeker Fusion also features a new trunk lid panel, fog lamps and LED taillamps.

Two new wheel designs and fresh color palettes inside and out also debut for 2019.

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44 Comments on "2019 Ford Fusion Energi Gets Electric Range Bump"

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Spoonman.

Wonder if I’ll be able to replace my C-Max’s pack with this one when it’s time comes.

PHEVfan

In theory, yes (same form factor) but it would probably also need a software upgrade so the system knows it can take more than the 7.6kWh of the previous battery. Ford is not likely to offer a battery/SW upgrade.

mx

25 miles is not sufficient in Winter. There are seasons.

mx

40 Miles should be the Minimum.

Prad Bitt

Ford has the Model-T ICE glory nostalgia.
The 21th century is shifting to electrics.

WadeTyhon

The range boost will keep it somewhat relevant for the moment. Clearly it is spec’d to compare with the Prius Prime not the Volt or Clarity.

zzzzzzzzzz

It should be compared with Camry Hybrid by size. Camry doesn’t have plugin version yet, and it saves Ford so far.
Otherwise it lags 2018 Camry fuel economy by large margin, and has bad reputation from the attempt to fake mpg ratings and catch up with Toyota hybrids years ago.

WadeTyhon

Well, I was referring to the EV-specific specs for range and performance.

But yes, Ford’s MPG numbers are nowhere near as impressive as Toyota’s 50+.

David Murray

Hahah.. Ok, your move Toyota.. Will we see a Prius Prime with 26 miles next?

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

LMAO

Vexar

Whoa there, Ford! Don’t overdo big changes like adding another $300 in batteries to your PHEV.

Where the heck is your 200+ mile Ford Focus Electric for $35k-$40k?

dan

Where is Tesla’s?

At least Ford isn’t drumming up vaporware.

cylindrical

Given the Pacifica plug-in Hybrid — a bloody minivan — already offers the driver 33 full-electric miles, Ford actually thinks this 2019 model sedan with its 25 mile-range is the ticket to EV sales success. It is not.

The Fusion Energi is a compliance car, or a car to freshen the company’s corporate image, or a bone to throw to some of its more progressive shareholders. It really doesn’t matter the reason, save for this: Ford is positively stuck in the 20th Century. It can’t let go of that time when internal combustion and style were all that mattered; moreover, it doesn’t even really want to try.

Roy_H

What the heck ever gave you the idea that Ford wanted EV sales success?

They probably couldn’t continue buying the old battery from LG Chem as being discontinued and were forced to buy the current and improve version. Marketing saw this as something to advertise. It didn’t cost Ford any re-design or any effort besides a trivial software upgrade.

wavelet

The battery capacity increase is of course ridiculous.
25mi EPA is ~16mi in very cold weather, and <20 mi if using air conditioning, or driving on a highway, or after the car is a couple of years old.
Is it really worthwhile re-doing all the testing & qualifications for such a small upgrade?
The design dates from 2012… Surely they could have upped it 50% to 12-13kWh without changing battery form factor, or adding significant weight, like BMW, Renault, Nissan & VW all did. That would make it a real PHEV, with lots of sales potential.
Especially shortsighted since this is Ford, who are the most backward company in the EV space currently.

menorman

“Surely they could have upped it 50% to 12-13kWh without changing battery form factor, or adding significant weight, like BMW, Renault, Nissan & VW all did. That would make it a real PHEV, with lots of sales potential.”

Exactly. Ford is falling further behind, no wonder they’re so supportive of killing standards.

Harold T

oooouhhh 4 mile increase in electric drive range ! wow that’s HUGE!

Harold T

Does the car still have a huge lump in the trunk?

BenG

Same form factor as the old battery, so I guess so.

drpawansharma

Actually 40 Kms of range would ensure that 90% of my driving will be fully electric. But Ford would never sell it in India . Would you Ford?

Zippy

I own a 2015 energi, and it’s actually a pretty unique, and high-value offering, when you consider the whole package. It’s also the only car I’ve ever driven that actually meets, and often BEATS, the EPA mileage estimate. While this addition of just a handful of miles may seem meager, it will keep me out of ICE mode for gobs more trips. The point I think mx was trying to make about winter range really can’t be overstated though. The range of ALL EVs drops like a stone when the temp goes much below freezing. No joke, you can expect something like a 30-50% drop if you’re parking in an unheated garage. Parking outside, I don’t even want to know.

BenG

In cold weather if you are going to be driving far enough that the gas engine will eventually have to come on, then there is a very big benefit to going ahead and firing it up immediately so that you can use the waste heat to warm the car and traction battery rather than wasting half of your range trying to warm the car with electricity, especially if your car uses old-school resistor heating rather than a heat-pump.

FISHEV

Didn’t see that kind of range drop when I rented an S90D and X100D in Park City UT early March. The range when I parked them in PM (50 degrees) was about the same when I started them up a AM (23 degrees).

Driving them convinced me to wait for my Model 3 AWD.

silversod

A huge company like Ford should be up there with the big EV boys instead of being a laggard digging it’s heels in.
It’s time to step up and enough already with the compliance cars. 4/10 should do better.

Lou Grinzo

I desperately want would-be EV drivers to have as many options as possible, and a 25 mile/charge Fusion is NOT a viable option. Not even close.

FISHEV

“This estimate is based on MyFordMobile data collected from more than 19 million unique trips from 23,000 Ford battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.”

Which is a mistake since those customers already pre-selected for LOW COMMUTING NEEDS vs. the fact that commuting miles are increasing.

Had Ford looked at ALL commuters and used the new battery tech to get EV range to 50 miles even a super commuter who has a 100 mile a day commute could make use of it, getting 50% of commute at EV miles and 100% of non-commute miles.

Instead Ford designed it to a shrinking market.

Sweet ride for the mid-rangers though and its hybrid mpe of 44 mpg with 25 EV is a great choice for those it fits.

Still sticking with my waiting (2019) for my Tesla 3/310/AWD, air suspension at $70K.

PHEVfan

25 miles? YAWN.

They limited themselves because they could keep it in the same battery housing. Too cheap to do an actual redesign.

john1701a

What’s wrong with keeping costs down mid-cycle, saving the expense of resign for the next-gen rollout?

PHEVfan

You call 7 years into a model “mid-cycle”?
There is speculation that Ford will not even do a “next gen” on the Fusion Energi.

john1701a

If the traditional model isn’t getting a full generational upgrade (body, frame, engine, etc), it’s mid-cycle.

mzs112000

Why dont they put in a 18.4kWh battery(14.7kWh usable) like the Volt? That would give it 40 miles of range in EV mode, and well over “160 MPG” in blended mode(where EV only gets it to 30MPH, regens to slow down and helps maintain speed)

Davek

Give me kilometers! And yes, I’m talking to Ford AND to Insideevs! So much of your readership doesn’t know or care about what the range in miles is!

PHEVfan
Fusion fan

It is better than nothing. I have lost 33% or more of range on our 2014 Fusion down to 4.0kW usable or less. The new Fusion should be able to use 7+kW

More importantly is the battery more robust?

PHEVfan

Doesn’t sound like it.
“designed a new 9.0-kilowatt-hour air-cooled lithium-ion battery”
They are still using air cooling, which is one of the issues with the batteries degrading.
My 2015 is still at 5.4kWh (5.6 new) at over 50,000 miles, but I baby the thing to keep from harming the battery. That’s a testament to Ford’s weak design when you have to be extra cautious in your driving to preserve the battery.

Joshua Goldman

Jealous, my 13 cmax Energi is lucky to get 3.1 kWh’s at 95k miles and usually has to force the engine on at 2.5 KWh (7 miles) of mixed road and hwy driving in 55 Deg So Cal weather. Here’s hoping my 3rd visit to the dealer results in a warranty pack

scottf200

Does everyone recall the GM and DOT.GOV charts where GM was shooting for 78% of target audience. 25 miles gets over 51% of the target audience. Not bad.

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http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/omnistats/volume_03_issue_04/index.html

Don Zenga

4 mile extra is better than 0 mile extra and for 250 day year round trip commute, this translates to 4 * 250 = 1,000 miles more on plug.

What is more important is that the price should also be reduced by 1-2 grand. It way too expensive at $31,200, nearly 4K more than Prius. At 111 cu. ft. of interior space, its just the same as Prius-P, but in mileage, PP has 54 while Fusion-P has only 42.

For an extra $3K, someone can buy Honda Clarity-P which has 47 MPG and much more interior space. No wonder, both Clarity-P and Prius-P has overtaken Fusion-P in sales.

Even the price of Fusion-H should be reduced since the newly launched Accord-H has $25,100 for its 47 MPG and 123 cu. ft. while Fusion-H has only 115 cu. ft. Only a trio of regular + hybrid + plugin could keep the Fusion afloat.

Zippy

You can’t compare a Fusion to a Prius, in terms of the interiors, and handling. The Prius is a good car in a lot of ways, but driving it is … “depressing” is probably the best word. I’d take a heavily used Honda Civic interior, over a that of a factory fresh Prius. It’s like being in a prison made of the recycled interiors of compact cars of yesteryear. Yuck. Add to that the miserable handling and mechanical yawn it lets out when you put the pedal to the metal… No thanks.

I could get on board with the clarity, if only they’d ditch those awful wheel well covers… I’m sure they add some measurable improvement to fuel economy, but wow… so, so, so ugly.

Bill Garsiner

Looked at the fusion, bought an Optima PHEV. More interior space, larger trunk, almost 10 additional miles ev. In good weather I’ve gotten almost 38 ev miles and never under 20 in the winter. Ford appears to be phoning it in at this point. Hyundai/Kia are bringing their EV/PHEV game!

Fusion fan

Zippy I agree! The Fusion is our first Ford and a very nice car!

If only Ford would either look after their customers on the battery warn of horrific deterioration in battery life when under “warranty”.

Most people don’t the warranty is is the battery performing as “we” expect? Yes it is! 🙂

If it’s not change the criteria!

Ours will be down 50-70% under the warranty time frame and Ford says this is good! 🙂

My only complaint on the car and we really like it is they need to inform new customers what to expect!

Fusion fan

Bill the Fusion with the new battery will get that kind of range at least for the first few months when it is new.

Fusion fan

PHEV fan

It will be interesting to hear how your battery depletes in the next few years. I did not notice ours till around your mileage at all then collapse. Maybe you have done the right thing to preserve yours?

I would have rather seen better temp control than a bigger battery, like Joshua says 3.1kW left at 95k miles and still using the same weak design?

Our car is still great on fuel but it does irritate you the massive decline in range…

Yoni
We bought an 18′ Titanium Energi – almost fully loaded – Went Thru Costco for $700 under invoice + $2,500 in Customer Cash with 0% @ 74months, plus approx $6k in Federal and State credit/rebates. Sticker was just under $42k – net cost was about $28K after all discounts. Haven’t bought a new car in over 20 years – hate the depreciation hit – but we are also keeping vehicle longer than when we were younger. Its wife’s daily driver – commute is under 10 miles RT. The safety, comfort and convenience features are great but ride quality comfort and road noise are where the car excels, – no the car is not a speed demon, nor does handle like any of the sport cars I’ve owned but anymore roads and traffic make sport cars difficult to enjoy. Sure the car has trade-offs like most cars do – it fits our needs perfectly – its got killer looks that doesn’t scream – “look at my ‘Green-Clean-Mobile'”. I am curious if overall battery degradation effects just EV distance – or if it also effects level of Regen to batteries and Hybrid mileage –