DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) - On this Earth Day, Detroit is flexing its eco-muscle and offering cars that get better gas mileage, use recycled products and cheat the wind all in an effort to save money and the environment.
7 Action News is looking at three of the cars the Big 3 say are their more eco-friendly.
We begin with Ford. The Blue Oval offered the Ford Fusion Energi a hybrid that saves gas and uses recycled materials.
This sporty Ford is a gas sipper and a long tripper. You can go on a 620 mile road trip without ever having to fill up. That's a trip from Detroit to Boston.
“Many of our customers don’t even visit the pump on a weekly basis. More like a monthly trip to the gas pump,” says C.J. O’Donnell of Ford vehicles.
The Ford Fusion Energi hybrid travels 20 miles on battery power alone before engaging the internal combustion engine. As long as your commute is short, you rarely need to top the tank.
Plug the Fusion Energi into a standard home electric socket and four hours later you have a full charge.
Recycled products fill this Ford - over 24 pounds of recycled plastic, metal and fabric go into each model and helps lessen the impact on the environment. That’s helping the Blue Oval get buyers.
“Our customers are telling us they want cleaner air, freedom from imported oil and telling us every day they want greater fuel efficiency,” says O’Donnell.
Just one of the green items placed in the Fusion Energi is organic seat foam, made from soybeans. That one earth-friendly product placed in each model saves 600,000 gallons a year in oil that would have been used in the manufacturing process.
“We intend to be a leader in fuel economy in our industry today,” says O’Donnell.
The MSRP for the Ford Fusion Energi is $38.700. You can find out more information on the vehicle on Ford's website .
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