Quick Overview on #2013 #FORD #FUSION #HYBRID ERG

February 4th, 2013 § Comments Off on Quick Overview on #2013 #FORD #FUSION #HYBRID ERG § permalink

Quick Review.  Below is a quick overview of the 2013 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and Fusion Energi. The emergency response procedures for the Fusion Hybrid, MKZ Hybrid and Fusion Energi vehicles are similar to those for traditional gasoline-powered vehicles with the addition of special considerations for the high-voltage electric system components.

The Fusion Hybrid, MKZ Hybrid and Fusion Energi vehicles use a conventional gasoline
engine in addition to an electric motor to power the vehicle.

  • Gasoline is stored in a traditional fuel tank.
  • Electricity is stored in a high-voltage battery pack.

For additional information review the For additional information review the 2013 Fusion MKZ Hybrid Emergency Response Guide..

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2013 Ford C-Max Energi: New EV+ Feature ‘Learns’ Regular Routes

November 10th, 2012 § Comments Off on 2013 Ford C-Max Energi: New EV+ Feature ‘Learns’ Regular Routes § permalink

Every driver of a plug-in hybrid electric car eventually wants to drive more on electricity and less on gasoline.

So it##Q##s frustrating when the battery charge indicator shows a reasonable level of charge, you##Q##re only a few hundred feet from home, and yet the engine kicks on because of that one steep hill.

Wouldn##Q##t it be nice if the car could “know” that it was close to its destination, where it would be recharged?

That##Q##s exactly what Ford has built into its new 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid hatchback. (It##Q##ll also most likely appear on the upcoming 2013 Ford Fusion Energi as well.)

The new “EV+” feature lets the C-Max Energi learn frequent destinations over time, using a proprietary predictive software algorithm developed by two Ford engineers, Ken Frederick and Matt Smith.

The algorithm uses the Energi##Q##s onboard GPS equipment to monitor the latitude and longitude of frequently visited locations. (Ford hastens to assure us that the locations can be erased “at the push of a button.”)

If the car senses it##Q##s getting near a location where it##Q##s customarily plugged in to recharge, it will change the way power is used–depleting its battery pack further than it normally would.

Specifically, if you##Q##re within an eighth of a mile–or 200 meters–of one of those locations, the car keeps itself in electric-only mode.

Drivers will see this is happening because the EV+ alert light on the instrument cluster illuminates.

That delivers more electric-only driving, which not only gives a marginal reduction in gasoline usage, but keeps the car in its smoothest quietest mode for longer.

And that makes drivers happier.

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