Ford Fusion Hybrid Reaches 1,000 Miles On Single Gas Tank

By dancurranjr On May 26th, 2009

2010_ford_fusion_mediumSomething remarkable is happening at the Ford Motor Company as it sets out to prove the fuel efficiency of their 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid cars. Consequently, the journey has taken the team for a drive of more than 1,000 miles on a single tank of gas. The road trip is driven by NASCAR driver Carl Edwards.

“At 9:08 a.m. this morning, the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid team hit the 1,000-mile mark on a single tank of gas, and is continuing its ultimate fuel-efficiency challenge with nearly one-third of a tank of fuel remaining,” a Ford spokesman said.

While the American automakers are struggling with the downward economy, Ford is determined to prove that their eco-friendly automobiles can save car owners money at the pump. The electric automobile is a mid-sized sedan which is delivering more than 80 miles per gallon over the course of 47 hours. The vehicle is so eco-friendly that the seat cushions use a bio-based polyurethane foam derived from the oils of various plant seeds.

The hybrid crew used fuel efficiency technics to reach 80 MPG during the road challenge.

The crew achieved 80 miles per gallon by using a few technics. For example, the team maintained even throttle pressure when slowing down while braking smoothly. The team coasted up to red lights and avoided stop signs which waste fuel and brake wear. The vehicle also has the kinetic forward motion when climbing hills in an effort to minimize excessive workload to the engine.

The crew also hasn’t used the heater or the air conditioning which has reduced the load on the engine. Avoiding bumps and potholes can reduce momentum for the vehicle. Moreover, the team closed the windows at high speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag.
Ford Fusion Hybrid $1,700 Tax Credit

Customers can get a $1,700 tax credit when they buy a hybrid car before October 1, 2009. Buyers of a new 2010 Fusion or Mercury Milan Hybrid will qualify for the tax credit. The tax credit amounts are reduced by 50 percent beginning in the second quarter of 2009 and by an additional 25 percent beginning in the fourth quarter of 2009.

It is the highest credit amount ever offered for eco-friendly cars.


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