Customers eager to purchase America’s most fuel-efficient midsize sedan, the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, can take advantage of a $3,400 tax credit from the federal government, the highest credit amount ever offered for hybrids purchased or placed in service after December 31, 2005.*
In addition, the Ford Escape Hybrid, still the most fuel-efficient SUV on the planet** and the hybrid that paved the way for the next-generation Fusion, continues to qualify for a $3,000 tax credit, on the front-wheel drive model the highest available tax credit of all hybrids on the road today.
Fusion Hybrid’s class-leading EPA-estimated 41 mpg rating in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which tops the Toyota Camry Hybrid by 8 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway, helped Fusion garner this significant credit amount, which is based on a vehicle’s potential fuel efficiency. Combined, Fusion’s fuel savings and tax incentive can help significantly offset the premium to the customer for hybrid-electric technology over a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle.
“Hybrids are an important part of our strategy to deliver the best or among the best fuel economy with all of our new products,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “We’re glad to see our government help promote these advanced, clean, fuel-efficient vehicles to the consumer.”
The tax credit amounts available for 2009 and 2010 model year hybrid vehicles are as follows:
Tax Credit Amount
|If Purchased by1/1 – 3/31/09||If Purchased by4/1 – 9/30/09||If Purchased by10/1/09 – 3/31/10||If Purchased by4/1/10 and later|
|2010 Fusion Hybrid||$3,400||$1,700||$850||$0|
|2009 Escape Hybrid FWD||$3,000||$1,500||$750||$0|
|2009 Escape Hybrid 4WD||$1,950||$975||$487.50||$0|
WHAT MAKES IT SO FRUGAL?
To deliver over 700-plus city miles on a 17.5-gallon single tank of gas†, Fusion Hybrid can travel up to 47 miles per hour in pure electric mode, higher than all other hybrids on the road. In addition, the system’s electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (e-CVT) allows the hybrid to more seamlessly change from gas to electric mode and back, making hybrid operation virtually imperceptible.
Other hybrid systems contributing to Fusion’s economy leadership include:
• A smaller, lighter nickel-metal hydride battery, which produces 20% more power than
• An enhanced electronic throttle control. By reducing airflow on shutdowns, it decreases
fueling needs on restarts.
• A Regenerative Brake System that recovers and stores nearly 94% of energy normally
lost through friction.
The 2010 Fusion Hybrid also debuts Ford’s Dual LCD SmartGauge™ Cluster with EcoGuide, a unique instrument cluster that helps coach drivers on how to optimize the fuel efficiency of their vehicle.