Why Companies Are Buying Their Energi From Ford

Businesses are always looking to save on costs, and are turning to automakers like Ford to achieve that goal.

Why? According to the Blue Oval, companies can cut their operating costs like fuel costs, maintenance, etc., by as much as 45 percent by switching to electrified vehicles like hybrids, plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and pure electrics (EV). They also retain their resale values better than gasoline models in the long run.

Shipping company Con-way recently announced it is adding over 1,000 Ford Fusion Hybrids to its commercial fleet. Esurance, an insurance company, added 50 of the sedans to its lineup. Finally, Quest Diagnostics, which performs lab tests for the medical community, purchased 150 C-MAX Energi crossovers to satisfy its transportation needs.

2013 Ford Fusions

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States Jon Coleman, commercial fleet sustainability and technology manager for Ford: “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 automaker currently offers five electrified models to both consumers and companies. They include the Ford C-Max and Fusion Hybrids; plug-in electric, or “Energi” versions of both vehicles; and the Focus Electric hatchback. Con-way expects to save more than a million gallons of gasoline a year with its purchase as well as reduce carbon emissions by 45 percent. Esurance is looking to cut fuel costs of its commercial fleet by over $250,000.

Finally, Quest Diagnostics sees the C-Max saving the environment while cutting costs. Notes Clete Lewis, the director for environmental, health and safety for Quest : “As the leading diagnostic information services company, we maintain a significant national logistics operation for transporting millions of patient specimens each year for testing at our clinical laboratories. Given our scale, the type of vehicles in our fleet can really make a difference to the environment and our business costs. The environmentally conscious C-MAX Hybrid is much more fuel efficient and produces less pollution than standard automobiles. It is a smart addition to our fleet because it will promote lower fuel costs while also helping us to empower better health in the communities we serve.”

Joel Arellano is a writing professional for over two decades, working in such diverse industries as finance, aerospace, telecomm, and medical devices. He has covered the automotive industry for more than six years, and his articles and blog posts can found on at Autoblog, Autoblog Green, Automotive.com, motortrend.com, trucktrend.com, and automobilemag.com.

    • Ronald Kramer

      Open letter to Ford:

      I thought my 2013 C-MAX would be a Prius Killer? NOT! As a returning Ford buyer I feel deceived. I want to support US companies and US jobs. What was Ford thinking when they published 47/ 47/47 estimates? Based on the advertised EPA estimates, I would have been ok with low 40’s but 28-33 mpg is not even in the ballpark. This is not an issue about EPA testing standards, but rather an issue about setting false customer expectations in order to promote sales. Ford’s “47MPG” marketing campaign tarnished what should have been the roll out of a truly remarkable vehicle, the CMAX. Real world MPG estimates should have been promoted in the mid-30’s. No one would have questioned those numbers and the CMAX would have received the accolades it deserves. How these MPG estimates made it through Ford corporate is beyond me! Maybe it was the rush to go to market?

      I have been accused of not knowing how to drive hybrid. For the record, during the last three years I have leased both a 2010 Prius and 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid, and consider myself an experienced hyper-miler. My mileage in the Prius is 50 plus, the Insight is 40 plus. The C-MAX is a well-built car, with extremely inflated EPA estimates.

      I respectfully request that this matter be investigated as soon as possible. My efforts to deal with this locally and through Ford customer service have frustrated me to no end. The constant response? “You need to learn to how to drive hybrid type of vehicle “. Is there a difference how I drive Prius Hybrid vs. the CMAX hybrid? I think we all know the answer to that. I need someone at Ford to reach out to me and assist in a proactive manner so we can put this matter to rest. I have opted not to join the class action lawsuit regarding this matter in order to explore my resolution options with Ford directly feeling this was the most honest approach to the matter. Can I expect the same from Ford in return?

      Respectfully submitted,

      Ronald Kramer
      Yankee Ford Customer
      South Portland, Maine