Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid 2013 Illinois State Fair

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This is actually three separate videos combined into one. When I first saw this car I didn’t give it much of a second glance until I saw the charge port. Once I saw that it was a plug-in hybrid – the car had my attention.

The Ford Fusion Energi is basically Ford’s answer to the Chevrolet Volt – granted several years late to the game. One area where Ford has been a leader versus a follower is with more natural based materials for it’s interiors. Ford was also one the first automobile manufacturers in the United States to redesign a plant around solar power. The company has also taken a page from it’s history and explored the use of hemp. Hemp can be used as a fuel, seating material or used to make a natural plastic.

Unfortunately it looks like the Ford Fusion Energi is manufactured in Mexico. The Ford Focus Electric is produced in the United States. That car is 100% electric powered similar to a Nissan LEAF in size and range. Nissan LEAF is manufactured in Smyrna, Tennessee for the 2013 model and beyond. Chevrolet Volt is produced at Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly plant. Mitsubishi i-MiEV is built in Mizushima, Japan. The Tesla Model S is being manufactured in Fremont, California.

During the Illinois State Fair the Ford display had a barker. For each of my visits it was a younger man – the one you hear in the video trying to be funny with me – BIG FAIL on his part. The man was trying to interest fairgoers into playing a game and having a closer look at the cars on display.

Honestly most barkers are just annoying. The only ones I have ever liked are the old High and Dry Clowns who use to work the crowds in Happy Hollow. It’s probably been at least a decade since they have made an Illinois State Fair appearance.

The Ford Barker definitely didn’t win any points with me. Not only was he not funny – he did the one thing that normally gets me wanting to pop someone in the mouth. He was adding commentary to my video. Interesting thing is – this loudmouth who was rattling off facts about the car – completely forgot to tell me and the others around at the time – how far the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid (PHEV) would travel on battery power only before using the gasoline engine ( 21 miles). He also didn’t offer the top speed when using battery power (85 mph). Very important facts along with charging times. This barker obviously wasn’t updated on recent news events – considering he was offering MPG (miles per gallon) data that was outdated. Ford recently – like at least one other vehicle manufacturer had to revise it’s advertised numbers for MPG.

“Ford acknowledged today that its hybrid fuel economy claims are unrealistic for real-world driving.”

“December, 2012. That month, Consumer Reports had also released its real-world fuel economy tests showing both the C-Max and Fusion hybrids returning significantly poorer than advertised fuel economy.”

This annoying barker was in good company. A women at Lt. Governor Sheila Simon’s 2012 fair tent decided to interrupt my recording of the two Mitsubishi i-MiEVs on display with her chatter. She had seen me recording the day before and thought she could offer me some details on the cars. Shows she didn’t pay attention at all the day before. Or she would have known I probably knew more than her about the vehicles. Even after the look of death rays – she wouldn’t shut up!! Same with this Ford barker – maybe they are related.

I’m not sure who borrowed whose design first. But it is really interesting the number of cars I see on the road that seem to be taking design cues from the Tesla Model S.

Right across the street from Ford you could find an A123 Hymotion Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid (PHEV), Mitsubishi i-MiEV ( all electric ) and an Ameren Nissan Leaf ( all electric ) at the 2013 Illinois State Fair.

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