Data shared recently at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit by Ford Motor Company revealed that among surveyed customers, half of all miles driven in Ford Energi plugin hybrid models were pure-electric.
The slide below shows the relevant data, revealing that Ford Energi PHEV models are driven an average of 42 miles daily, with 50 percent of those being entirely on electric energy. There’s something of a discrepancy, however; according to Green Car Reports, Ford’s data aggregation methods are incapable of differentiating between miles powered entirely by the grid, and those powered by regenerated electricity.
In other words, where General Motors reports miles powered by the grid alone separately from those powered by a combination of internal combustion and regeneration, Ford cannot, meaning that some amount of the claimed 21 electric miles driven daily are at least aided by internal combustion. Meanwhile, reports Green Car Reports, the industry-wide average for PHEVs released since mid-2013 is closer to 60 percent of daily miles travelled.
Still, the Ford Energi data released by the automaker demonstrates the lineup’s contributions to low-emissions motoring. In fact, out of the 610 million total electric miles travelled by Ford Energi PHEVs, more than 230 million of them were “carbon-free,” according to Ford, meaning that they were powered by grid energy gathered with solar panels, windmills, and the like.