An Introduction to Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) and the Ford Fusion Energi
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If you already know what PHEV stands for, you’re in a small minority of people. PHEV stands for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles offer users the best of both worlds. You get the ability to drive all electric and the piece of mind of having an internal combustion engine for longer trips.
With PHEVs there is no “range anxiety”, which is the fear of not having enough energy to make it to your destination in all electric vehicle (EV). Believe me, I’m one of those people who obsesses over the gas gauge when it’s below 1/4 of a tank, so I know “range anxiety” would be a reality for me! That’s why PHEV is the best option for me.
We’ve partnered with ASG Renaissance, Ford Motor Company, Empire Clean Cities, CALSTART, and the NYDOT to help educate the market and show people what it’s really like to own a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. My next 5 months will be spent driving the new 2017 Ford Fusion Energi. The Ford Fusion Energi is a PHEV that offers all the luxury options you could ever dream of in a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly Plug-in Hybrid package.
Before I go any further, I’m going to address the most common questions I’ve been asked since I started driving the Ford Fusion Energi:
How is the electric motor powered, and how far can you go before the battery runs out?
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles can be plugged-in to charge the electric motor’s battery, and run exclusively off that battery for a certain range. The 2017 Fusion Energi has an all electric range of 20 miles. That’s enough for me to get back and forth to work every morning. If I’m just traveling to work, and I consistently charge the battery on a daily basis, I wouldn’t need to use a drop of gasoline.
Like most people however, I travel more than 20 miles before I can recharge my car. Since the Ford Fusion Energi is a PHEV… I don’t have to worry about running out of battery juice when I’m away from home, or plan my trip around the nearest charge stations. To put it simply, I do not have to worry about running out of power any more than I would have to worry about running out of gas. As long as there’s gas in the gas tank, my Fusion Energi is going to take me to my destination.
What happens when the battery runs out of juice?
After the battery in Electric Vehicle (EV) mode is depleted, the car simply switches to hybrid operation. This is where the car uses both the internal combustion engine and the electric engine together. This mode is going to provide the best gas economy possible for the current driving conditions.
Why would I spend more money to buy a PHEV, when I can buy a regular internal combustion powered vehicle with decent gas mileage?
Even though gas prices have been low for the past couple of years, we should still be concerned over the amount of fuel our vehicles burn on a daily basis. Poor fuel economy might not be hurting your wallet right now (don’t count on gas prices staying low forever!). Considering the environmental impacts of a world wide increase in oil demand should be a concern. Oil is not a renewable resource, but electricity is. Making the decision to buy a PHEV, EV, or HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) reduces your carbon footprint and helps keep our planet a little cleaner.
I think this is enough information for an introduction to PHEV and the Ford Fusion Energi. While on my 5 month journey with the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi, I’m going to showcase the features of this awesome vehicle, and take you on the journey with me and my family. You’ll get to see what it’s like for a family man like me to own a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. You’ll also get to decide if owning one yourself would be beneficial to your everyday life. Stay tuned!
Tell me, did you know about PHEVs before reading this? Answer in the comments section below.