Think of electrified vehicles and the image of small, strange-looking cars may come to mind. But guess what? That’s a myth: take one look at the Ford line-up of hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and the Focus Electric, and you’ll see that electrified vehicles can look as great as they are fun to drive.
There are quite a few myths out there that are getting debunked thanks to organizations like Plug’n Drive. The non-profit recently held an EV Day at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, allowing people to learn about electrified vehicles and even take some out for test drives.
The Ford Blog team caught up with two participants who took the Ford Fusion Energi out for a spin. Check out the video above to see their thoughts and learn the truth behind some popular myths surrounding electrified vehicles.
Wait, what’s a Plug-In Hybrid?
The 2013 Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), which combines a hybrid engine with a larger battery pack that can be charged up for extended electric-only vehicle use.
Hybrid technology features a mix of a gas engine with a battery-powered engine to optimize fuel efficiency as you drive. With a PHEV like the Fusion Energi, you can choose to drive in electric-only mode until the charge in your battery pack is depleted. Once this happens, the car will drive like a regular hybrid.
Driving around in electric mode as often as possible will help you save on gas and, with the hybrid engine, you can drive long distances while maximizing your fuel efficiency. It’s a win-win!
Have you ever driven an electrified vehicle? What were your initial thoughts?