Technology changes at a tremendous pace. But as fast as consumer tech advances, the automotive industry moves at a relative crawl.
There are many good reasons for slow progress – tight regulations, the intricacy of vehicle systems, and resistance to lifestyle change being among the most common – yet we’re constantly told that an automotive revolution is just around the corner. Alas, driverless tech remains flawed, hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure is limited, and electric vehicles are still creeping into the marketplace. Change is indeed coming; it’s just not here yet.
So where does that leave those who seek efficient commuting without compromise? Traditional gas-electric hybrids may not have the buzz of emerging alternative energy powertrains, but they are undeniably efficient and require no change in lifestyle to own and operate.
Let's take a look at the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid, and see where it stands in the automotive revolution.