EPA rates Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid at 108 MPGe
Of course, this information might cause an argument within your own mind as you ask, “What the heck does that really mean?”
Well the EPA has rated a gallon of gas as equivalent to 33.7-kilowatt hours of electricity. The problem is it’s an energy equivalent that bears no relation to dollars and sense.
Does the 33.7-kilowatt hours cost the same as a gallon of gasoline? Actually it costs much less in most places, but what it costs exactly is generally undefined. The power company can tell you, but when you charge your car determines how much the electricity costs.
You know you can fill your 14-gallon gas tank, spending about $40, in about 5 minutes. Your plug-in car can go say 50 to 300 miles on a charge, but that takes from four to eight hours.
This is where the EPA’s equivalent breaks down. If time is money, then money is time. So what does 108-MPGe tell us, except that the EPA thinks maybe you should buy one?
What we need is a way to compare cars that use gasoline, diesel, natural gas or electricity in a way that equates to both these concepts! This would free people from hours of research and a number of articles on sites just like this one, without really understanding how to compare these variables in application to a particular lifestyle or region.
Getting back to Ford – incidentally, none of the above is their responsibility – the Fusion Energi marks the brand’s fifth electrified vehicle launched during the last year. Ford is accelerating investment in hybrid technology and it’s paying off in sales with November racking up the highest monthly hybrid sales month yet.