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2013 Ford Fusion Energi: The World's Most Efficient Car*

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Amongst Ford's numerous powertrain choices for the 2013 Ford Fusion is the the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, a vehicle that may actually be the world's most fuel efficient car. WIth an anticipated EPA mileage of more than 100 MPGe it will be more efficient than the Volt and potentially even the Prius plug-in hybrid. It also looks like a real car.

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The Fusion Energi is essentially a plug-in version of the new Fusion Hybrid. The Energi also uses the same 2.0-liter Atksinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, but this time there's a larger battery pack on the option to fill it up with juice from your home outlet. So far Ford appears to be mum on exactly how large that battery pack is, or how far the vehicle will go on pure electricity, but an MPGe of more than 100 implies it'll be more than just a few miles.

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*The only production vehicle that performs better is the Nissan Leaf (106 MPGe), which for most people would be a novelty item and not a car. Ford's calling it the "world's most efficient mid-size sedan" to be safe, but given it looks and performs just like a regular vehicle it can safely be called the world's most efficient car... any current car buyer could operate as their sole vehicle.

We'll see the car in person later today during the opening day of the Detroit Auto Show and will bring you more information then.

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Freakusaurus
Freakusaurus

Doesn't matter. I don't know the price and I already know it is to high.

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Lets figure it like this.... The V6 Camaro cost $20,000 less than a Volt.

The V6 Camaro gets 30mpg. . I know it's going to get less in the real world, but stay with me here.... If you drive 15,000 miles a year, that averages out to 1250 a month and at 30 mpg, that's 41.6 gallons a month. If gas were $3.25 a gallon, that would be only $135 a month in gas.. (gas is only $3 by me right now)

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Lets just say I spend $175 a month in gas, but as you can see, I should really spend less than that... . It would take 114.28 months to spend $20,000 in gas to make up for that extra $20,000 that you spend on the Volt, just to save gas money.. That's 9 and a half years... In 9 and a half years, it's very likely that I would have sold that Camaro and moved on to another car before the Volt would have even had a chance to save me a penny.

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Electric cars just aren't cost effective. . This plug in Ford may be going in the right direction, but it likely will cost $20,000 more than it's smaller engined counterparts. NO SALE.