Is Your Ford Fusion Energi's 104 MPGe Rating Lying to You?

If you are shopping for greener car options in the Phoenixville area, then you have probably already noticed the new 2017 Ford Fusion Energi boasts a whopping 104 city MPGe rating.

We all know that to save gasoline, protecting the environment from CO2 and your wallet from fluctuating gas prices, you want a car with a high MPG, or miles per gallon, rating. With most conventional vehicles only attaining around 30 MPG, and hybrids maxing out around 50 MPG, a 104 MPG rating on the new Fusion Energi sounds too good to be true. You're a savvy customer for noticing!

The reason the numbers seem unreasonably high is because MPGe is a measurement of how efficient a plug-in hybrid or electric car's battery is, not how efficiently it uses gasoline.

To break it down, electric energy is measured in kilowatt-hours. One gallon of gasoline contains the same amount of energy as 33.7 kilowatt-hours of electricity. Since drivers aren't as familiar with kilowatt-hours as they are with MPG, scientists convert kilowatt hours into the equivalent amount of energy that would be used if the car were burning gas.

So that sky-high 104 MPGe number? The Ford Fusion Energi is undeniably efficient when it comes to operating in its all-electric mode, and offers a 21-mile electric range—enough to make your commute gas-free. However, when the Fusion Energi burns fuel to give it an extended hybrid range up to 610 miles, it gets an EPA-estimated 43 MPG city and 41 MPG highway.

Confused, concerned, or full of questions? Visit John Kennedy Ford Phoenixville and let our hybrid experts explain it all!

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