February 27, 2013
Ford Fusion Energi Approved for California Carpool Lane
The all-new Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid has been approved for use in the state of California's high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.
To earn access to these faster moving carpool lanes, vehicles must qualify for tax rebates through California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, which is overseen by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). A vehicle that qualifies earns a special sticker that identifies it as having HOV privileges.
Ford Fusion Energi buyers are eligible to receive a $1,500 tax rebate – in addition to a $3,750 federal tax credit – making Fusion the third Ford brand vehicle to now qualify for California’s special financial and driving incentives. Ford Focus Electric and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid also qualify.
The tax rebate and carpool lane access program are designed to promote reduced greenhouse gas emissions and consumption of less gasoline.
To qualify for the programs, a vehicle must be classified by CARB as a super ultra-low emission vehicle and be certified by the U.S. EPA to offer fuel economy of at least 45 mpg on the highway.
Fusion Energi not only meets CARB standards but also has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 100 MPGe combined – 108 MPGe city and 92 MPGe highway – along with a total range of up to 620 miles on one tank of gas and one full charge; Fusion has an electric-only range of up to 21 miles.
In California, Fusion Energi is the ninth Ford vehicle to qualify for carpool lane access through CARB since 1993.