Newbie here looking to buy a 2017 Energi possibly to replace one of our old beaters. I have just begun wrapping my head around the Energi and what it has to offer and I'm curious, for someone who does predominantly highway driving (say 44 miles each way with option to charge at home and at the destination), what advantages do charging the HVB have to offer over using a standard Fusion Hybrid?
I'm assuming a charged HVB can supplement the gasoline motor well enough that it improves the average fuel economy (so does it lean on the electric motor more than the Hybrid version does?), but are there other tangible improvements such as increase in available torque/horsepower with a charged HVB vs. a depleted (hybrid-mode-only) HVB?
I noticed the official specs from Ford ( http://www.ford.com/...sion-energi-se/) mention " 188 (195 in Charge-Depletion Mode) " and is the 195HP figure only available when the HVB is charged up?
I'm also aware that you can run the heater or A/C with the car plugged in, that seems like an obvious advantage of the Energi model.
Thank you for your time & thoughts!