What the 2017 Fusion Energi's 104 MPGe Rating Really Means

Are you working to reduce your impact on the Earth, or perhaps just lower your monthly gas budget? Then you've been browsing new Ford vehicles for fuel-saving hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.

One of the biggest contenders in the Ford lineup, the supremely green 2017 Fusion Energi, offers a staggering 104 MPGe city. That's economy high enough to turn your eyes into dollar signs like an old cartoon!

But what does it really mean?

Environmentally-conscious drivers around Bettendorf have been asking what MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) means. First, you must understand that plug-in hybrids like the Fusion Energi are capable of driving in EV Mode—only the battery is used for energy, and the gasoline engine is turned off.

Just as different gas-powered vehicles need different amounts of gasoline per mile, electric vehicles use up different amounts of electricity per mile. The electric energy efficiency is translated from kilowatt-hours into a more familiar term, MPGe.

So, the Fusion Energi, with 104 MPGe, can drive a long distance on very little electricity, making it an energy-efficient option. When its gasoline engine is working alongside the battery, it is rated at 43 city/41 highway MPG.

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