Ford Plug-In Hybrids Drive 203,000 Electric-Only Miles Daily
Ford has released statistics cultivated from its MyFord Mobile app that reveal just how much Ford plug-in hybrid drivers go entirely electric for their daily drives. The results show that owners of Ford plug-in hybrid vehicles drive enough electric-only miles every day to circle the equator eight times. Not that we’d recommend trying that yourself. It can get pretty hot down there.
MyFord Mobile—an app that is downloadable through App Store and Google Play—enables owners of the plug-in Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi and the Focus Electric EV to connect to their vehicles via an embedded AT&T wireless module that can reveal information to Ford’s designers and engineers.
The information revealed in the company’s official press release shows that Ford plug-in hybrid drivers travel more than 8,400 miles every hour using only electric energy. This adds up to 203,000 miles of electric-only driving every day, which equals out to an undeniably uncomfortable eight trips around the hottest part of the Earth.
Mike Tinskey, Ford global director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure, seems optimistic about the findings: “The data demonstrate plug-in hybrids are being purchased and used by customers in a way we had hoped, in that they drive many of their trips during the week using electricity only, and call upon their hybrid engine when needed for longer weekend trips.”
Tinskey added, “It confirms for us that coupling the right infrastructure with the right product can lead to a strong, positive impact on the planet.”