Ford Plug-In Hybrid Owners Drive 203,000 Electric Miles Per Day


Ford's Plug-In Hybrids Sure Do Rack Up the Electric Miles

Ford’s Plug-In Hybrids Sure Do Rack Up the Electric Miles

Ford’s duo of plug-in hybrid vehicles are really starting to rack up the electric miles.

Fusion Energi Plugged In

Fusion Energi Plugged In

According to automaker, “Ford plug-in hybrid vehicles rack up enough electric-only miles every day to drive around the earth nearly eight times.”

How many miles is that?  Well, Ford says its “plug-in hybrids are being driven about 203,000 electric miles every day and more than 8,400 miles every hour,” according to data collected through MyFord Mobile, available on all of Ford’s plug-in vehicles, including the Focus Electric, which doesn’t factored into the 203,000 electric miles daily amount.

Our tally shows that 8,501 Ford plug-in hybrids (Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi) were sold in the US as of the end of August.

Here are a few more highlights from Ford:

C-Max Energi

C-Max Energi

  •  After six months, nearly 30 percent of all trips are gas-free compared with about 20 percent at the beginning of vehicle ownership.
  • Charge stations accessible through MyFord Mobile: 20,000
  • Average number of trips between charges: Four
  • Average number of charges per vehicle every week: 6.3
  • Percent of Ford plug-in hybrids using level one charging stations: 70 percent
  • Short trips: 83 percent of one-way trips are of distances 20 miles or less

Now it’s quote time. Mike Tinskey, Ford’s global director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure, states:

“The data demonstrate plug-in hybrids are being purchased and used by customers in a way we had hoped, in that they drive many of their trips during the week using electricity only, and call upon their hybrid engine when needed for longer weekend trips.  It confirms for us that coupling the right infrastructure with the right product can lead to a strong, positive impact on the planet.”

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“After six months, nearly 30 percent of all trips are gas-free compared with about 20 percent at the beginning of vehicle ownership.”

Just think if they had stuck a bigger battery in there? I’m sure Ford PHEV owners are itching even more than Volt owners for more AER. Basically Ford owners paid more for their vehicles, but got less AER, and more people/cargo space.

The plug in C-max is working pretty well for us. Basically, all our short, routine trips are battery powered, and for longer trips we burn gas. More of our driving is short, routine stuff than I realized, and we don’t have to feed the car much gasoline. I’m really not itching for a lot more electric range, because the amount that I have is around the cut off between what I think of as “short” and “long” trips.

What I am itching for is more recharging stations. I used to be able to park&charge regularly for evening trips, but now other cars often get the spots before we get there. And I park in a lot of places that don’t have plug in stations. I’m hoping that demand will spark supply.

203,000 daily EV miles comes to over 74,000,000 EV miles annually. And number is growing at over 1,000 plug-in hybrids monthly.

With the battery having a 21 mile range, 6.3 charges weekly offers over 120 EV miles.

I wonder if the amount of electric miles driven is having a noticeable effect on gasoline sales yet? I know EVs are tiny percent of the market but once gasoline sales drop by 1% or so, I think the market may really take notice.

Just looking at about 90k units of 4 plug-in vehicles, there is already a savings close to 800,000 barrels of gasoline annually. With the current variance as of 2012 of domestic vs imported oil at about 8 million barrels today, it seems about 100k units would offer 1 million barrels gasoline. So in very overly simplistic terms, at 800k plug-in units sold, we will have reduced our oil consumption by at least 8 million gallons annually, and removed our dependence on foreign oil. Taking into account all the other plug in and EVs sold in the US already, we are currently over 128k plug-in units already sold and on the road. Which means we should already be past the 1 million barrels savings as of today. And each year 100k plug-in vehicles are sold, another 1 Million barrels of oil are not purchased or burned. But right now domestic oil companies are not too concerned, because we are just starting to close off the demand for foreign oil. At about 2015 when plug-in vehicle sales reach close to 200k units annually, and we are close to reducing domestic demand, that’s when they will take notice. You will notice when the… Read more »

Ford’s numbers aren’t adding up.

Chevy’s EV mileage “Odometer” on their Volt web page shows that Volts are running up 1,000 miles every 1 minute 51 seconds. This works out to 32,432 miles/hour, 778,378 miles/day, or 23.35 million miles/month.

With about 45,000 US Volts in the wild, this is an average of 518 EV miles/month/Volt.

Ford’s data at 6.1 million miles per month for 8,500 Ford vehicles comes out to 716 EV miles/Ford/month. How could 20-mile range PHEVs with only “30% of trips being gas-free” get more EV miles/vehicle per month than a 40-mile range PHEV that probably averages about 70-80% EV-only trips ? Something’s rotten in Deerborn…..

You have to take into account the 21 EV mile range is where it starts, if the owner uses Break Coach and obtains a 100% score on each breaking event, they are recharging the battery again and again extending the initial 21 EV miles.

For example: The C-Max/Fusion Hybrid consumer can drive 120 city miles and have 66 of those miles be in full EV mode, by utilizing break regeneration and engine torque regeneration to recharge the battery again and again.

This is why taxi drivers with constant top and go, who have to pay for their own fuel, love the C-Max Hybrid taxi.

Wait a moment… didn’t Ford announce 1 million miles every 10 days just a few weeks ago (equal to 100,000 miles per day)? I can’t believe it would have doubled in that amount of time.

I have both a 2013 Ford C-Max Energi and 2012 Chevy Volt (just got a left over New one in August with all the discounts). The Ford counts ANY mile coming from Battery as EV miles. If the Gas Engine “charged” battery or regen during Gas use put “Electricity” into battery, they count the Miles driven on that “Electricity” as EV miles. Most of us think EV miles as how many miles did I get from Plugin into Wall outlet, Not Ford. Its “technically” true if power came from battery its electric miles, but rather misleading to people trying to determine how many miles did I travel from Wall Electricity Power vs. Gas Power. Ford’s Electric miles are a combination of both Wall Electric Miles as Gas Hybrid “Electric” miles. In Ford defense their designs makes it almost impossible to truly know what miles are Wall Electric Generated vs. Gas Hybrid Electric generated. For instance I have put the car in EV Hold mold with 10% of Wall Electric left, drove as Hybrid, got up to 30% Battery left and then switch back to EV mode for rest of trip home (including more regen miles in EV mode). So how… Read more »

So does that mean that Ford has to lie when it comes to MPG’s as well ?? Given a scenario where you drive 120 miles a day and 60 are “EV powered miles” and 60 are attributed to “gas miles”, what does the dash say for MPG’s? Does it report 30 mpg if it uses 2 gallons? Or does it lie and say it drove 100 miles on 2 gal of gas?? Or, does it report that it used 2 gallons of gas to drive 120 miles ,??

It takes all the miles driven (electric and gas) and divides that by the gallons of gas, and says you have that many miles per gallon. Which is sort of fake, because while electric miles don’t cost “gallons of gas” they cost an energy input somewhere. So in your example it would say that it went 120 miles on 2 gallons of gas.

Despite all that, I am liking the C-max, and have been pleasantly surprised at how little gas we put into it and how much we’ve been able to drive it on plug-in-power. And it’s fun to drive.