Ford Isn't Very Good at Keeping Secrets About Its Electrified Fusion

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

Look, this is pretty awkward. While nearly every auto journalist in the country has congregated in Dearborn, Michigan today for Ford’s annual Christmas party, we’re here at work pounding out stories about Camaro steering wheels and drinking cheap coffee. We weren’t invited to the party, it’s cool. We can both be adults about the sitch.

But according to various Twitter feeds — including the Wall Street Journal’s Detroit Bureau Chief John Stoll and WWJ’s Jeffrey Gilbert— Ford is talking battery packs and showing off a covered car that looks like a Fusion with a half-assed bed sheet covering it.

Oh, and there’s a plug running right into it, as if Kevin the Ford shop hand forgot to unplug the damn thing before letting a roomful of journalists snap pictures of it.

We get it, Ford. You’ve moved on.

The only mystery is the size of its battery. The Fusion already has a plug-in hybrid version of the Fusion, so are we looking at an all-electric version?

An all-electric Fusion seems entirely plausible — almost likely — considering that Ford spent the day talking about battery tech, ahem … without us. Or, it could be an update to the PHEV Fusion Energi, which could use a refresh, I suppose.

Whatever it is, it’ll make its debut in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show. We’ll be there too, covering Ford’s announcement because it’s cool, we’re both adults. You and I obviously grew apart, but we’ll still be a part of each other’s lives. Just not in the same way, I guess.

No really, Ford, I want you to be happy. I mean, I guess I wasn’t ready for pictures like this, but I guess it was bound to happen eventually. Yeah, no, I’ll be OK.

P.S. Hats off to this guy for comment of the day.

@johndstoll@mims And apparently it takes a month to charge

— Mark Miller (@MarkDMill) December 10, 2015

P.P.S. Why does this picture of the plug running from the Fusion remind me of my dog when she’s trying (poorly) to play “Hide and Seek”?

ford isn t very good at keeping secrets about its electrified fusion
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  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Dec 11, 2015

    I love when dogs try and play hide and seek, very cute. My family dog always thought he could hide behind a chair leg. And you say, "Oh where's Leo, can't see him!" Then he runs out and is so excited he fooled you. Figured that out on his own, nobody ever taught him how to hide and seek. He's too old and blind-ish/deaf to do it now at 15 years old. :(

  • Robert.Walter Robert.Walter on Dec 11, 2015

    I don't know if it's a lack of interest in how Ford plays the tease or not, but I found that I preferred the parts of the story and comments here about the dogs more than about the EV tease.

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