Ford Gets Almost 500 Hybrid Patents with 47-mpg 2013 Fusion Hybrid

The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is expected to be the most fuel-efficient non-rechargeable sedan when it’s released later this year. Ford says that its hybrid patent portfolio has grown from 10 in 2000 to nearly 500 today thanks to the new Fusion Hybrid.

“Ford continued to invest to develop new products like our new Fusion hybrids during the depths of the economic downturn,” said Chuck Gray, Ford chief engineer of Global Core Engineering Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. “We succeeded in transforming our lineup with leading fuel efficiency, thanks in part to the many Ford inventors who are helping make our Fusion Hybrid America’s most fuel-efficient sedan.”

The all-new Fusion Hybrid is anticipated to deliver 47 mpg city and 44 mpg highway and the new Fusion Energi, arriving this fall, is anticipated to deliver more than 100 MPGe.

The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is powered by an all-new 2.0L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine and an electric motor with a combined 185 horsepower.