There are many things to love about the Ford Fusion. One of the best things is threefold: the powertrain availability. With the choice between the EcoBoost engine, a hybrid, and an Energi, there are many personalities that can be met with the options that the Fusion provides.
Let’s start with the Ecoboost gas engine. There are 3 choices when it comes to Ecoboost technology; 1.5L, 2.0L, and 2.7L V6. These each provide a 6-speed automatic which includes SelectShift Sport mode with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The 1.5 even has Auto Start-Stop Technology.
With the 2.7L EcoBoost, which is standard on the Sport, performance is incredible. When in Sport mode, CCD (Continuously Controlled Damping) suspension engages which enhances the ride and handling. This provides a smooth yet firm ride.
Let’s discuss the Hybrid model next. Drivers can extend the range of their driving up to 588 miles! the average MPG is a combined 42 city/highway. The engine is powered by gas and can work by itself, and also charges the battery. The electric motor which is powered by a battery, can also work by itself up to 85 MPH in EV mode. This can work while the engine works as well. There is essentially a “brain” which is called the Vehicle System Controller. The VST decides when the gas engine works, when the motor works, when the battery is charged, and when they work together. The battery is charged while driving, and especially when braking. The combination of gas and electric produces 188 combined horsepower, which is actually more powerful than the 1.5L EcoBoost.
And finally the Energi. Drivers have a longer lasting battery life, which can be recharged via a 120-volt cord or an available 240-volt home charging option. The 120-volt takes about 7 hours to charge fully from empty, while the 240-volt takes about 2.5 hours. The battery has the capability of traveling up to 21 miles using all electric. The range of the Energi is 610 miles. The battery is charged the same way as the Hybrid, when braking the friction causes energy which is transferred into the battery rather than lost. This is best performed when braking rather than coasting to a stop. The brake pads aren’t as affected by slow consistent braking over time because the Hybrid and Energi use “Engine Braking.” “Additional friction is produced between the slowed wheels and the surface of the road. This friction is what turns the car’s kinetic energy into heat. With regenerative brakes, on the other hand, the system that drives the vehicle does the majority of the braking. When the driver steps on the brake pedal of an electric or hybrid vehicle, these types of brakes put the vehicle’s electric motor into reverse mode, causing it to run backwards, thus slowing the car’s wheels. While running backwards, the motor also acts as an electric generator, producing electricity that’s then fed into the vehicle’s batteries.” This text was taken from How Regenerative Braking Works at http://auto.howstuffworks.com. This is how regenerative braking works in order to transfer the energy to the battery.
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