DEARBORN, Michigan — The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid sedan has received an EPA certification of being able to achieve the equivalent of 108 mpg in city driving, according to Ford.
Ford said the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi claims the title of “America’s most fuel-efficient sedan.”
The automaker noted that the Fusion Energi “could potentially help save customers an estimated $6,850 in fuel costs compared with an average new car over the course of five years.
Ford said the EPA also certified Fusion Energi to deliver up to 92 MPGe on the highway and a combined 100 MPGe.
The EPA has not yet posted official fuel economy numbers for the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi on its Web site.
In comparison, the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid delivers a combined MPGe rating of 95, according to the EPA. The 2013 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid delivers a combined MPGe rating of 98, according to the EPA. The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi delivers a combined MPGe rating of 100, according to the EPA.
Plug-in hybrids run on both gasoline and electricity. Since electricity is not measured in gallons, a conversion factor is used to translate the fuel economy when running on electricity into miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe). The combined MPGe estimate includes a mix of gasoline and electric energy use.
The EPA says the overall fuel economy leader for the 2013 model year is the all-electric 2013 Scion iQ EV, which delivers a combined MPGe rating of 121.
The price of gasoline has dropped recently. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report pegs the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the U.S. at $3.29 versus $3.38 a month ago.
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