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This is your car on an iPhone: An app-driven road trip in the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi SE

John Brandon | May 29, 2014
It connects to my smartphone! It connects to the web! It connects to a wall outlet in my garage! The 2014 Ford Fusion Energi SE seems to connect to everything. Driving one for a week, I felt a connection myself--to the app that let me drive it greener and smarter, and even brag about it later.

Under My Driving, you can view your energy use trends.

Similar to the Xbox or PS4, you get achievement props for hitting milestones like saving a ton of carbon dioxide. Win.

In the My Community section, I discovered a guy named Bob who had a 100-percent score on his Fusion. Showoff: It means he's driven in EV mode all month. We all need competition to perform better, right?

The final night, I felt a little tired. I decided not to plug in the Fusion again. For about 18 miles of EV, it's a lot of babysitting for a small payoff.

I also wondered about the overall price. The Energi SE costs $34,700, which is exactly $12,730 more than the base Fusion S model. You'd have to drive a lot to save as much in gas as you're paying in a premium for this car.

Until then, the payoff is mostly in do-gooder points. After returning home, the app told me I'd saved about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide. I'd driven about 40 miles in all-EV mode and 500 miles total. I imagined my friends bowing down to me as a planet-saving hero.

 

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