The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi puts an end to range anxiety

Interested in making the switch to a plug-in hybrid, but worried about potential range limitations? We’ve already covered a few reasons why car owners are getting charged up over Ford’s hybrid and electric vehicles – now let’s talk about why the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is a great option for those who need to go further distances than currently possible with an all-electric vehicle. In short, the Fusion Energi solves one of the challenges typically associated with electrified vehicles: range anxiety.

Ford’s new 2017 Fusion Energi is designed to alleviate feelings of range anxiety by going further in every sense of the word. In a recent survey, we asked drivers how far they think the Fusion Energi can go on one tank and a full charge. They guessed 420 km.* In reality, the Fusion Energi blew right by their expectations with an estimated combined gas-plus-electric range of 982 km. Feeling a little less anxious yet?

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The 2017 Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid; that means it uses both an electric battery and a gas-powered engine. In normal use, you can drive the Fusion Energi in all-electric mode until the battery is depleted, at which point the gas-powered engine takes over to get you to your destination provided you’ve got gas in the tank of course. And given that 83% of Canadians say that fuel economy is important to them***, it’s clear that the Fusion Energi is ideal for maximizing distance travelled between fill-ups.

With changes to the hybrid powertrain software and regenerative braking, the Fusion Energi features an estimated total range of 982 km**. Fusion Energi’s all-electric range is 35 km, while the gas engine adds another 947 km of range (based on Government of Canada approved test methods.)

According to Kevin Layden, Ford’s director of electrified powertrain engineering, Fusion Energi gives drivers both the freedom to go gas-free for shorter trips and the fuel efficiency of a gas engine and regenerative braking for longer trips, all at an affordable price. With provincial incentives also available in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, there’s never been a better time to get into a new Fusion Energi.

Here’s to having your cake, and eating it too.

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Ford, Jose Cuervo partner to bring agave to your next vehicle

When you think of products made from agave, what comes to mind? A sweet syrup? Tequila? Car parts? Wait…what?

Yes, Ford and Jose Cuervo are partnering to create something different: car parts from agave plant byproduct.

As both companies look to reduce their environmental footprint, they’re working together to explore the use of the tequila producer’s agave plant byproduct in Ford vehicles, potentially forming bioplastics for a variety of automotive uses, from wire harnesses to storage bins.

A SECOND CHANCE AT USEFULNESS

With nearly 200 kilograms of plastic in a typical car, every step Ford can take to reduce the weight of vehicles, without compromising the quality of the parts, is an important one. The remnant fibres from the processed agave plant could help make vehicle parts not only lighter (lowering energy consumption) but also more durable.

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Nearly five billion metric tonnes of excess agricultural biomass is created every year, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. Jose Cuervo is determined to find better uses for their still-viable agave plant byproduct – working with Ford to find sustainable uses for these abundant and underutilized materials helps everyone and also our planet.

BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE

The more sustainable materials that help manufacturers like Ford offset the use of petrochemicals, glass fibres and talc in parts production, the better. Agave could potentially join soy foam, castor oil, wheat straw, kenaf fibre, cellulose, coconut fibre and rice hulls on the growing list of sustainable biomaterials used in Ford vehicles.

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Before any of these sustainable biomaterials make their way into a Ford vehicle, they have to be as-or-more durable as the part being replaced. It’s all part of Ford’s plan to find the right place for sustainable composites that both improve the quality of our vehicles and reduce our impact on the planet.

 

#FordFarmtoCar: Vegetables?! You won’t believe what Ford uses to build its cars!

Coconut, corn, tomatoes, bamboo, and soy: the ingredients of a tasty-sounding salad? Perhaps, but take their inedible by-products from the kitchen into the engineering lab, and you’ve also got the biomaterial ingredients destined for a second life in Ford vehicles. Think of it as our very own sustainability salad!

When we’re talking about a commitment to sustainability, Ford truly puts its money where its mouth is. This isn’t a new phenomenon for us either—in a longstanding effort to be an automotive leader in the sustainability, Ford is already using soy foam seats and plastics reinforced by rice hulls, wheat straw, and cellulose (a natural polymer and important component of wood). And we’re going to keep innovating, so that in the future you might even find tomato skins, corn or algae in your Ford vehicle.

Sustainable biomaterials can already be found across 15 vehicle lines, including the Ford Escape (as seen in the video above).

Our investment in green solutions continues to grow on a global scale, because at Ford, using plant-based materials that would otherwise go to waste is a central part of our corporate sustainability strategy. We’re focused on the use of recyclable and renewable materials in all of our vehicles.

So, how do we take the ingredients we mentioned above and use them to create a #FordFarmtoCar sustainability salad? You may find the answer slightly soy-prising!

Sitting on Soy

 

header990x660_FordtoFarm_soybeans2-768x512Since 2011 we’ve served up a side of sustainability with comfort. That’s because all Ford vehicles built in North America since then have soy foam in their seat cushions and backs. To put that into perspective, Ford has helped to save an estimated 2.3 million kilograms of petroleum per year. Additionally, 85 per cent of Ford headrests produced in North America (not to mention the headliner on the Ford Escape) use soy foam as well.

Coco-nuts about trunk mats

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Coconut coir, made from the fruit’s husks, is used in the trunk mats of some vehicles, including the Ford Focus Electric.

Playing ketch-up with by-products

Ford is also collaborating with the H.J. Heinz Company to explore using an inedible tomato fibre (a slightly less burger-and-fry-friendly by-product of ketchup production), to develop a more sustainable bio-plastic material for our vehicles. Ford researchers are testing the material’s durability for potential use in vehicle wiring brackets and storage bins.

Modern Day Alchemy: The Art of Turning Tomatoes Into Cars

Modern Day Alchemy: The Art of Turning Tomatoes Into Cars

From sea to seat

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Algae—good for more than just loofa sponges—is yet another promising biomaterial that Ford hopes to repurpose as seat foam. It grows quickly, replicating up to four times per hour, and has a high per acre yield when compared to other crops.

The future of innovation at Ford—it’s about sustainable, green solutions from some very unexpected sources!

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