The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is expected to become the America’s most fuel-efficient non-rechargeable sedan with its gas mileage of 47 mpg, thanks to the company’s electrified vehicle team and almost 500 hybrid technology patents. “Ford continued to invest to develop new products like our new Fusion hybrids during the depths of the economic downturn,” said Chuck Gray, the company’s chief engineer of Global Core Engineering Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, noting that the carmaker succeeded in transforming its line-up with leading fuel efficiency partly because of Ford inventors “who are helping make [its] Fusion Hybrid America’s most fuel-efficient sedan.”
One of Ford’s many inventors is Ming Kuang, who is responsible for increasing the company’s hybrid patent portfolio from 10 in 2000 to nearly 500 in 2012. The innovation of Kuang, a technical leader in vehicle controls at Ford Electrification Research and Advanced Engineering in Dearborn, Mich., are found all throughout Ford’s transformed hybrid line-up, with 40 of the 461 hybrid patents held by Ford carrying his name. Of the 40 patents, 25 are in production including key components of Ford’s innovative powersplit architecture system featured on the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid.
The new Fusion Hybrid is expected to deliver 47 mpg in city driving and 44 mpg in the highway while Fusion Energi, which is due this fall, is anticipated to deliver over 100 MPGe, more than the projected efficiency of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid model. One third of Ford’s hybrid line-up features a 40-mpg-or-more model this year. The company aims to offer fuel-efficiency-minded customers hybrid cars that suit their power drive.
Kuang traces his dedication to creating hybrid-related inventions, which are currently among the most advanced technologies available on Ford’s hybrid cars, to his commitment to the environment. “The work on the Fusion Hybrid is all about a commitment I made a long time ago to have a positive effect on our environment,” said Kuang adding that his work is about helping make the world a better place for his children to live in.