Bolstering its offering of hybrid vehicles, Ford introduced the Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid for the 2010 model year. With the addition of these models to the current hybrids available, the Ford Escape and the Mercury Mariner, Ford continues to grow the hybrid model available to consumers.
All of the 2010 Ford Motor Company hybrid vehicles benefit from:
- A 2.5-liter I-4 engine (155 horsepower/136 ft.-lb. of torque)
- An electronically controlled, continuously variable transmission, or e-CVT.
- Intake Variable Cam Timing (iVCT), which allows the vehicle to more seamlessly transition from gas to electric mode and vice versa
Fusion Hybrid and Milan Hybrid also feature:
- Enhanced electronic throttle control that reduces airflow on shutdowns, reducing fueling needs on restarts
- A new smaller, lighter nickel-metal hydride battery, optimized to produce 20 percent more power. Improved chemistry allows the battery to be run at a higher temperature and it is cooled using cabin air
- An added variable voltage converter boosts the voltage to the traction battery to operate the motor and generator more efficiently
- Smarter climate control system monitors cabin temperature and only runs the gas engine as needed to heat the cabin; it also includes an electric air-conditioning compressor to further minimize engine use
Ford continues its commitment to give its customers what they want – ranging from smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles to hard-working trucks, and just about everything in between.