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Ford Launches Hybrid Sedans, Plans All-Electric Delivery Van
Ford Motor Company has launched the sale of its first hybrid mid-size sedans, the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and the 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid. The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid achieves a best-in-class fuel economy of 41 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Its price starts at $27,995, a premium of $8,000 above the base price of the non-hybrid version. The well-equipped Mercury Milan Hybrid achieves the same fuel economy at a starting price of $31,300, a premium of roughly $9,400 above the base price of the non-hybrid model. However, customers that buy either hybrid by March 31 may qualify for a $3,400 tax credit. People that have ordered the car thus far seem to be well aware of that tax credit, as Ford reports that nearly 80% of the early retail orders have been for the hybrid versions. See the Ford press release.
Ford's first all-electric vehicle will be the Transit Connect commercial van.
Ford has also announced its plans to introduce its first all-electric vehicle, and those expecting a rival to the Chevy Volt may be disappointed. In 2010, Ford will launch a battery-powered version of its new Transit Connect commercial vehicle, a delivery van aimed primarily at small businesses. Smith Electric Vehicles will work with Ford to produce the all-electric versions of the new vehicle. Those longing for an all-electric small car from Ford will have to wait another year, as Ford plans to launch such a vehicle in 2011. Ford will wait until 2012 for its first production of a plug-in hybrid vehicle. See the Ford press release.