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Old 11-25-2012, 09:31 AM   #21 (permalink)
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[QUOTE=NeilBlanchard;The RAV 4 EV and the Tesla Model S go at least 150 miles at highway speeds. The Illuminati Motor Works 'Seven' goes over 200 miles at highway speeds, as do the Model S' with the larger battery packs.[/QUOTE]

Interesting to read that the RAV4 EV uses Tesla parts for the drive. Maybe Tesla will survive to be a real company and pay back it's loans.

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Old 11-25-2012, 09:58 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Here are some more EPA comparisons, the plug in C-Max has a 21 mile EV range and on pure gasoline gets worse mileage then the non plug in C-Max hybrid.
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Yeah, apparently they regeared the energi. I'm guessing for a bit more pep in EV mode, and to help offset the additional weight. The Prius V did the same thing vs the liftback.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:07 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Yeah, apparently they regeared the energi. I'm guessing for a bit more pep in EV mode, and to help offset the additional weight. The Prius V did the same thing vs the liftback.
I suppose they did that to make it feel like a more expensive vehicle by having more pep, otherwise people would use that as an excuse not to buy it.
Either way it gets better mileage and costs less then a Chevy Volt.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:24 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I didn't know that the Energi/PriusV's lower rating was due to a gearing change. Makes sense, though.

It is interesting to note that the Fusion Hybrid has the exact same city/hwy/combined rating than than the C-Max. You would think the highway rating would be better with a sedan vs. a hatchback.
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I tell you...every time I see a picture of the new Fusion, I pine for one.
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First post, bought a 2013 FFE! The car is much better than I had ever hoped. Getting a range of ~90miles on a charge. My commute is half city streets, half highway, about 60mi round trip. Acceleration is impressive, the only option you can add is leather which I did. Ford has done a great job with the interior. After all the tax credits roll in cost is ~$28K.

My fuels savings will be ~$3500/year compared to my old truck. I had a second meter installed at my house for the cheapest charging rate, 11cents/kWh. under $3 for a full charge from empty. I expect my range to go down once my HOV lane sticker arrives and I can zoom in to work. I think my range is high due to all the stop and go traffic on the freeway.

If you can live within the range of this car, it cant be beat unless you buy used or a really inexpensive new car with great milage and it the FFE looks great.
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Yea, we liked it so much that we bought two! We replaced an 18yr old toyota truck and a 17 year old Saturn so these cars are quite an upgrade for us. They were the first cars wife & I ever bought. My truck didn't even have AC as I couldn't swing the option cost : ). Sad to see the cars go but excited to finally have new cars. Fun to drive.
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My wife just bought a C-Max hybrid (which she loves) and I had been kicking myself for not insisting on waiting for the Energi to show up in the midwest, but I feel a little less sad after seeing the comparison. I will wait for the right plug-in for my next vehicle and I'm hoping Ken Fry's Zing! pans out. I want to encourage innovation and I don't mind paying a little premium to do so.
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My wife just bought a C-Max hybrid (which she loves) and I had been kicking myself for not insisting on waiting for the Energi to show up in the midwest, but I feel a little less sad after seeing the comparison. I will wait for the right plug-in for my next vehicle and I'm hoping Ken Fry's Zing! pans out. I want to encourage innovation and I don't mind paying a little premium to do so.
My thoughts exactly!

I am 100% happy with my purchase. It fits my work needs perfectly.

If I come into some money (someone dies and leaves me a fortune) I will go out and buy a FFE. In fact, if all things remain equal, when I pay off my C-Max, I will go out and buy a Focus-E.

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