The Prius has been the shining example of hybrid technology for many years, but let’s face it, its design is aging and the technology isn’t keeping up. Ford has really led a charge lately with fuel efficient hybrids, such as this Fusion Energi that provides 21 miles of electric range (up to 85mph) and a combined MPGe of 100. All this in a big, traditional family car…not bad! They have a similar drivetrain in the smaller C-Max and given those choices, I’m not sure why anyone would choose a Prius anymore (except for perhaps wanting a car with a more normal-sounding name…).
I think of these Fords as second-generation hybrids…they offer better styling and usability, as well as electric-only mode. What’s really cool are the third generation hybrids being worked on, especially the Volkswagon XL1. The XL1 is really optimizing ALL pieces of the puzzle…slippery aerodynamics combined with a maximum efficiency diesel engine to produce an astounding 235mpg! Note that this is just a two-seat car, but imagine one of these as your commute vehicle…pretty cool!