Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid got approved for California HOV lane access

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If you have just bought a Ford Fusion Energi hybrid sedan, you are in luck. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has classified it as a super ultra-low emission vehicle, which is based on the EPA’s certification of 45 miles mpg on the highway.

This means that under the ultra-low emission classification, the Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid is qualified for the California HOW lane access (or carpool lane.) From its fuel economy ratings, the Fusion Energi has an estimated fuel economy rating of 108 MPGe city and 92 MPGe highway, or 100 MPGe combined. This gives it a total of 620 miles driving range on a tank of gasoline. In addition, the Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid has an electric-only range of up to 21 miles.

“That Ford has the most 2013 vehicles eligible for HOV lane access in the largest electrified vehicle market in the U.S. underscores our success in truly offering power of choice, especially when it comes to electric and hybrid powertrains,” said C.J. O’Donnell, group marketing manager for Ford Electrification.

But what is more fun for the Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid buyers is that they are eligible to receive a $1,500 tax rebate – in addition to a $3,750 federal tax credit. Currently, California still had around 30,000 HOV stickers left for plug-in hybrids.