Ford says its hybrid cars are being picked up en masse by fleet buyers who are concerned with fuel economy and operating costs.
According to the press release from Ford, companies including Con-way, Esurance, Quest Diagnostics, and AT&T have been choosing the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Ford C-MAX Hybrid for their regional employees– many of whom can pile on more than 24,000 miles a year.
Ford Commercial Fleet Sustainability and Technology Manager Jon Coleman said, “New commercial fleet customers are turning to Ford as they look for fuel-efficient, durable vehicles that can withstand the daily use and duty cycles of their businesses. Ford’s Fusion Hybrid and C-MAX Hybrid give them the tools they need to get the job done, including leading EPA-estimated fuel economy, technology, great quality and durability.”
The release claimed fleet owners could cut total operating costs “by as much as 45 percent” and recoup a higher percentage of the purchase price when sold because “hybrid vehicles typically retain higher resale values than their gas counterparts.”
Con-way, a freight and logistics company with more than 500 locations across North America, recently placed an order for more than 1,000 Fusion Hybrids, the release said. “Collectively, Con-way expects to save more than 1 million gallons of gas annually while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 45 percent using Fusion Hybrid as its primary fleet car,” it said.
Con-way Vice President of Procurement Mitch Plaat said, “Besides the obvious benefits of improved fuel efficiency and reduced carbon emissions, the advanced technologies in Fusion Hybrid are just as important. Ford’s technology suite – which includes lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, backup cameras, navigation system and the SYNC hands-free system – helps Con-way reduce accidents and improve highway safety for employees, their families and other motorists. The hybrids’ reduced carbon emissions also complement our sustainability mission and contribute to our efforts to be a good steward of the environment.”