The San Jose Auto Show is now called the Silicon Valley Auto Show, and while this show is one of the smaller ones, Silicon Valley is known to love electrified cars, so all the cars I wanted to see were there. Including a Fusion Energi with the trunk open (at last!).
Right side: Ford Fusion Energi trunk 1.jpg 36.3KB 274 downloads
Left side: Ford Fusion Energi trunk 2.jpg 40.87KB 365 downloads
The space behind the battery is about 36 inches wide, 18 inches high, and 14 inches deep. It will hold about 5 or 6 full grocery bags.
Under the trunk floor is the portable charging cable and tire repair kit. The floor is about 5 inches below the lip.
Yes, there is a pass-through, but it's pretty small. Look closely and you can see the navigation screen: Ford Fusion Energi trunk 3.jpg 56.98KB 354 downloads
The rear seats do fold down. In this picture, you can see how the tight the pass-through really is: Ford Fusion Energi rear seats.jpg 49.53KB 338 downloads
The seats fold 60/40, as rumored (and here you see 40% of the pass-through): Ford Fusion Energi rear seats 60-40.jpg 42.15KB 293 downloads
The back of the folded-down seats is carpeted and lies flat. I think of this car as having 2 storage areas. The trunk is small but out of sight, good for valuables. The rear seat area is as large as any trunk, but of course visible (and makes the car a 2-seater). The 2 areas do not connect. The pass-though is good for skis or 2x4s.
The Energi on display was a Titanium, but not badged as one. It had only 1 exhaust pipe.
Couldn't sit in the Energi, but they had 2 others there. I have seen comments about the passenger foot room feeling crowded, so I tried it out. Yes, the passenger's right foot is forced inward. The driver gets a deadman's pedal; the passenger needs one too. Other than that, the car is extremely comfortable.
Over in the Lincoln zone, they had an MKZ hybrid, badged as a "2.0H". The trunk was open, and the battery has the same death-of-a-salesman-stage shape as the Fusion Hybrid. Oh, and the passenger's right foot is just as crowded in the Lincoln.
Also at the show was a Honda Accord Plug-in. This is the car I'd buy if I didn't buy a Fusion Energi. And it goes on sale next Tuesday (!), while the Fusion Energi is still on the launchpad, not due until March or April... (so hard to wait).
The Accord Plug-in is not as ugly in person as it is in pictures. Mind you, it is still far less attractive than the Fusion, but the front end has a certain grotesque dignity: Honda Accord Plug-in.jpg 47.37KB 187 downloads
I predict this styling will get less extreme in the mid-life upgrade (and maybe even before, as with the Civic).
The Accord was locked, so I couldn't see the trunk. A product specialist told me it was a little larger than the trunk of the natural gas Civic. That is the same height and depth as the Fusion Energi trunk area behind the battery, but a little wider. But the Honda rear seats do not fold down, and there's no pass-through. So the Fusion has more usable space.
Also sat in a Volt and remembered why I didn't want it. And tried out the Prius Plug-in, and confirmed I wouldn't want that one either.
Plus they had an electric Spark, an electric Fit and more hybrids than I could count. A great auto show for anyone who likes batteries.
<Edit to fix pictures>
Edited by rprobst, 13 January 2013 - 11:09 PM.