Jay Leno Drives The Focus Electric And Fusion Plug-In Hybrid

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The 2012 Ford Focus Electric and 2013 Fusion Energi on Jay Leno's Garage

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric and 2013 Fusion Energi on Jay Leno's Garage

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The online series Jay Leno’s Garage usually plays host to exotic supercars and brawny muscle cars but in the latest episode two of Ford’s greenest models, the 2012 Focus Electric and upcoming 2013 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, are featured.

The television host and comedian the series takes its name from, Jay Leno, comes away quite impressed with the cars.

In particular, it’s quite entertaining to see him driving around in the Focus Electric, especially when he adjusts his driving style to be more efficient and in the process gain more ‘butterflies’ on the dash.

He also gets a quick lesson on how the Focus Electric’s brake-energy regeneration system and learns some of the differences between it and its closest rival, the Nissan Leaf.

While the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid isn’t due on the market until next year, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric is available now. The EPA rates the car at 76 miles of range and 105 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent). The comparable numbers for a Leaf are 73 miles and 99 MPGe.

The Fusion Energi, meanwhile, is expected to return more than 100 MPGe and a combined output of 185 horsepower. It combines a newly-developed 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine with an electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries and should be on sale by the end of next year.

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Comments (4)
  1. I see this as the Ford catch up car as it is a retrofitted Focus with batteries in the trunk area.

    The Nissan/NEC JV is where the action is in EVs; Some time ago I read where Nissan/NEC would offer a 150 mile battery for the same cost as the currently installed 75 mile Leaf battery. I hope they will make it available for the first generation as a retrofit. With that kind of mileage, few people will need to fast charge on the road. I believe Nissan can sell as many EVs as they make with this kind of range at a reasonable price.

  2. Ford is very smart having a pure EV and plug-in...


  3. I'm not sure the guy from Ford was correct in saying the engine doesn't come on until the battery goes down in the Energi, I think it comes on at highway speeds...


  4. So the Ford avoids aggressive regen on deceleration as well. The major manufacturers are avoiding that like the plague. Having driven an i-Miev I kinda like aggressive regen and one pedal driving. People may not 'like it', but at least give me the option like Mitsubishi do!!

    Let's hope software upgrades make more aggressive regen a possibility in the Volt, Ford and LEAF in the coming years.

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