Nobody can deny Ford has come a long way from early 2000 when they had only 10 patents devoted to their hybrid technology. Fast forward 12 years later and Ford has nearly 500 and is one of the leading automakers of hybrid vehicles. The 2013 Ford Fusion hybrid is the pinnacle of their patent evolution. This vehicle, which is set to release later this year, offers drivers an unbelievable 48 mpg city, up 7 from the current model. Green Car Reports projects the 2013 Fusion hybrid will also get around 44 mpg highway, for a likely combined total of 45 or 46 mpg. This beats out the 2012 Toyota Camry hybrid which only gets a combined fuel economy of 40 mpg. Ford’s devotion to innovation doesn’t stop there though; over the past three years they’ve also managed to increase the number of inventions being submitted to Ford’s legal team by 25% according to Energy Trend.
What this means to you
There’s no doubt that the number of innovations and patents being produced by Fords engineering department will greatly affect how much you spend on gas in the future. Just look at the improvement Ford had over the past decade in increasing our vehicles fuel economy. In 2000 a typical driver would likely spend around $3,000- $4,000 on gas in a given year. Now 500 patents later that same driver driving the latest Ford Fusion hybrid technology would only need to spend around $1,500 per year, according to fueleconomy.gov. That’s more than 50% in saving over a 12 year period! With the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in getting close to 100 MPGe (Miles Per Gallon Equivalent), the savings are even greater.
The future is bright
With such a high level of innovation taking place at Ford there’s no telling what type of fuel savings will be available in the near future. The only thing we can be certain of is that Ford will continue to push the boundary for what fuel economy is possible in a vehicle. In the meantime you can check out our article on fuel saving tips.
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