Ford Ireland is adding the first Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV ) car to its lineup with the arrival of the new Mondeo HEV.
Featuring a 187PS hybrid engine mated with an automatic transmission, the car is priced from €34,895 ex-works. When a promotional discount and VRT rebate is applied, customers will be able to get into a new Mondeo HEV from approximately €31,500 for a limited period.
Similar to other HEV models, the energy for the electric motor comes from the petrol engine and from regenerative braking where the energy generated by braking recharges the battery.
Ford claims that the Mondeo HEV delivers excellent fuel efficiency with a fuel consumption rate of 3.8 L/100km. For comparison purposes, a 2.0 litre diesel 150PS Powershift automatic transmission would deliver a fuel consumption rate of 4.8 L/100km.
“We are delighted to be introducing the Mondeo HEV to the Irish market. With its legions of fans in Ireland, the Mondeo is such a great model to offer with HEV capability,” said Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland. “We are sure that Mondeo HEV will meet the needs of customers who are looking for a more environmentally-friendly car but who do not want to compromise on space, driving dynamics, driving range and comfort”.
McMahon pointed out that the demand for electric and partial-electric cars in Ireland is on an upward slant accounting for 4.1 per cent of car registrations this year. Hybrid Electric Vehicles are the most popular of the ‘electric’ models available as they neatly bridge the gap between traditional internal combustion engines and electric motors without the ‘range anxiety’ that some motorists feel in relation to ‘full electric’ vehicles.
Full detail on range and specification will be available when Mondeo HEV arrives here in the next month.