Thursday, July 2, 2015

2016 Fusion Energi at Gresham Ford

The Fusion Energi is the first plug-in hybrid midsize sedan for Ford and is available through Ford Certified EV Dealers like Gresham Ford for the Portland Metro Area.  The plug-in capability means the lithium-ion battery can be fully charged easily overnight in approximately 7 hours using the standard 120-volt convenience charging cord or — for faster charging in about 2.5 hours —
an available 240-volt charging option.  This is a great option that can recharge while you sleep while using nothing more than the same kind of cord you would use for your vacuum cleaner.  
2016 Ford Fusion Energi Available at Gresham Ford
The Fusion Energi combines a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery and electric motor with a gasoline engine for maximum efficiency.  This also gets rid of any range anxiety drivers may feel with the fully electric vehicles.  The Fusion Energi is capable of driving up to 85 mph in all-electric mode and is very zippy off the line thanks to the immediate torque provided by the electric power.  This 2016 Ford Fusion Energi combination of plug and hybrid offers the best of both worlds, providing the capability to be driven as an electric vehicle for short trips and as a hybrid for longer trips.  This truly is the best of both worlds.  The Fusion Energi shares many of the same advanced powertrain system features with Fusion Hybrid,  Combining the best features of a gasoline engine and an electric motor to deliver excellent driving
performance and efficiency is a winning combination for Oregon drivers who crave most responsible forms of transportation but still need to avoid range anxiety.  The Fusion Energi can be charged by connecting the vehicle’s external charge port to either a standard 120-volt outlet or an available 240-
volt charging option.  Just by plugging it into your normal 120 outlet you probably already have in your garage with the cord provided, your Fusion will fully charge in 7 hours.  Most of us drive less than 20 miles to work.  If that is true for you the Fusion Energi wouldn't touch your gas tank during your daily commute.  You can travel up to 85 mph in all-electric mode as long as you have the energy in your "tank".  The plug-in capability offers drivers greater range and capability in full EV mode (all-electric only) than Fusion Hybrid, helping to further reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.  It truly is great technology.  Many of the Managers of Gresham Ford drive Energi vehicles and really enjoy competing to see who can go longer without using fuel.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Charging your C-Max Energi

The 2014 C-Max has a external charge port and light ring on the drivers side of the vehicle.  The charge port enables the lithium-ion battery to draw and store power from the electric grid using an available 240 volt home charging station or standard 120-volt convenience charger.  The charger port door is designed for convenient push open and close. Use your thumb and press on the door in the location of the indention to open the door.  To close the door, use your thumb to press in the same location until the door has rotated back into position and clicked into place.

The lithium-ion battery current charge state is indicated by the LED light ring around the port.  The light ring is divided into four quadrants that represent one quarter, one half, three quarters, and fully charged lithium-ion battery status.  When you initially plug in your C-Max Energi the light ring will flash twice in sequence and then glow confirming the charging coupler has been detected and charging is in progress.  When plugging in, the charge coupler button will click confirming the charge port is connected.  Charging is complete when all four quadrants are lit and not flashing.  The light ring will shut off one minute after the lithium ion battery reaches a full charge.  If you only utilize your normal 110V plug in your garage it will take approximately 6-7 hours to fully charge from fully drained.  Your charge status can always be checked by simply pressing the unlock button on your key FOB.  Your light ring will illuminate the corresponding quadrants, indicating the level of charge.  If your charge is below 25% the light ring will not illuminate at all.

You can also modify your charge port light ring settings by accessing the center stack menu through settings > vehicle > Charge Port Light Ring.

Other things to keep in mind when you plug your vehicle in using the cord that comes with the vehicle.  Do not use extension cords or adapters when plugging into a 110 outlet.  The outlet must be three prong and properly grounded and in good condition.  The circuit must also be dedicated.  There should be no other appliances connected to the same circuit.  Always plug the cord into the AC outlet before connecting the charge cord coupler into the vehicle's charge port.  Do not pull the plug from the AC outlet while the vehicle is charging.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Hybrid Plug-In CMax is right for Portland

The C-Max Energi is the first production plug-in hybrid vehicle for Ford available through EV (Electric Vehicle) Ford Dealerships like Gresham Ford.  The C-Max is just the first part of a first ever hybrid only vehicle line from Ford in North America.  This hatchback features a total EPA estimated driving range in electric and gas of 550 miles and in EV only the range is 19 miles.

You may be asking what is a plug-in hybrid.  Plug-in capacity means the lithium ion batter can be fully charged easily overnight in approximately 7 hours using a standard 120 volt convenience charging cord.  This car from Ford delivers maximum efficiency by combining a state of the art lithium ion battery and electric motor with a gasoline engine.  The C-Max Energi offers the best of both worlds, providing the capability to be driven as an electric vehicle for short trips and as a hybrid for longer trips.
For More Information about the C-Max Energi see a Gresham Ford Sales Professional
Plug-in vehicles such as C-Max Energi receive two fuel economy ratings from the Environmental Protection Agency.  The first is miles per gasoline gallon equivalent (MPGe) - fuel efficiency when operating on lithium ion battery power.  The equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for EV mode operation.  The second rating is miles per gallon (mpg) - fuel efficiency when operating on gasoline power.  Both EPA ratings are combined ratings that provide a weighted average of the city and highway fuel efficiency for the vehicle.  

For more information about the CMax Energi or any of the Ford vehicles please feel free to stop by 1999 East Powell in Gresham or call 503-665-0101 or visit our website at

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fusion Hybrid offers advantages in the Portland Metro Area

Ford Fusion Hybrid In Stock at Gresham Ford
Gresham Ford is proud to offer Fusion Hybrid can travel up to 85 mph in EV mode (all-electric) – up from 62 mph. People living in and around Gresham and East County want to purchase electric or hybrid vehicles but have some level of anxiety regarding the technology.  The Ford Fusion Hybrid is a perfect option to ease into the next level of automotive technology.  The Fusion Hybrid offers a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle I-4 engine is among the most advanced non-turbocharged 4-cylinder powertrains Ford has to offer.  The state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery generates more power than the nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery on the previous- generation Fusion Hybrid.  If you haven't driven a Fusion Hybrid you should.  The Gresham Ford Sales Professionals are knowledgeable and happy to answer any and all of your questions.  The upgrade in technology and comfort in the vehicle is notable from previous model years.  The electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT) provides seamless power delivery and a enjoyable driving experience.  One of the hybrid exclusive technology is the SmartGauge with EcoGuide that helps drivers maximize fuel economy.  This is also where the leaves live.  The better and more efficiently you drive the more leaves to get.  It is surprising addictive and makes driving efficiently fun.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Big News! Really Big News!

We've come a long way, baby! To celebrate our nearly complete two year reconstruction project, we’re having an “Extreme Makeover Celebration” here at the dealership, August 7th at 6pm!  It will be catered by the fabulous Uncle Wally’s Southern Cross BBQ and Jay Lawhon of JBL Productions will be there making sure the mood is set with great music and fun! 

Following on the heels of this grand ‘ole time, Friday morning, August 8th, we will be having our Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center Makeover Ribbon Cutting at the dealership at 9am.  We would love everyone to come and celebrate with us!

And here’s the REALLY big news:

On April 12, 2014, Mt Hood Mustangs and Fords car club organized a parade to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang with the goal of breaking the Guinness World records for the most Mustangs and Fords in a parade.  On July 16, 2014, Guinness notified them that the parade results had been accepted.  There were two records broken that day!  The most Fords in a parade numbered 829 and the Most Ford Mustangs in a parade numbered 766. There were strict rules and criteria that had to be met by the Guinness committee, so every participant didn’t actually qualify to be counted in the official number.  That being said, there was well over 900 that were present and participated to some degree.  Truly a once in a lifetime experience.
And as a sponsor of this event, Gresham Ford is very proud to make the official announcement at our ribbon cutting ceremony!! 

So, join us as we celebrate our beautiful new facility and the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang taking its place in history, in more ways than one!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

How does the 2015 Fusion Hybrid Compares to the Camry Hybrid

2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid at Gresham Ford
The Ford Fusion Hybrid exudes an upscale in design and seating 5 comfortably, the 2015 Fusion Hybrid is proof that you don’t have to sacrifice style and performance to enjoy hybrid fuel efficiency. Portlanders value the environment - that's why we choose to live here, right?  With a long list of standard and available features, Fusion Hybrid makes a statement about what a hybrid vehicle can be.  With an EPA-estimated 44 city/41 highway/42 combined mpg with the 188-net horsepower – gas engine and electric traction motor combined this Ford Fusion Hybrid can travel up to 85 mph on electric power alone.  Many Portland area residents have found that the Ford Fusion Hybrid exceeds their expectations with new technology like the Active Grille Shutters that help to facilitate the incredible MPG.  

If you are comparing the Ford Fusion Hybrid to the Camry there are a few questions that you may have and we will try to address them below.  First simply stated the Camry Hybrid may have more net horsepower, but with 188 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 47 mpg across the board, Fusion Hybrid delivers the balanced power and efficiency that is so important for hybrid vehicles.  Gresham Ford would encourage you to personally test drive the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid to personally see if it is "zippy" enough for you.  

Another large difference in technology is evident when considering the approach to combat interior noise.  The Camry Hybrid uses passive sound-controlling materials to reduce NVH, but it has nothing like Fusion Hybrid, which uses the same technology as noise-canceling headphones to help control noise actively.  

When inspecting the interior of each vehicle you may also notice that unlike Camry Hybrid’s small displays, the largeSmartGauge screens in Fusion Hybrid give the hybrid performance displays the prominence they deserve. Plus, the large screens make it easier to see how efficiently you’re driving.  SmartGauge® with EcoGuide has two large 4.2-inch LCD screens on either side of the
speedometer and includes a wide selection of display options to meet each driver’s needs.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Make a July Fourth splash in Gresham’s new Children’s Fountain

Gresham opens East Multnomah County’s first free splash fountain for kids – just in time for the holiday

GRESHAM, Ore. – The City of Gresham is giving a July Fourth treat to children of all ages: a
new Children’s Fountain in the city’s historic downtown.  The Children’s Fountain will splash to life Friday, July 4 at 7 a.m. and stay open all day long until 10 p.m. Kids can cavort in two fountains – one designed for toddlers, one for bigger kids – that are powered by 43 jets of cool, clean, chlorinated water. The fountain is built to surprise. Water is controlled by a computer program that makes the jets disappear – then leap to life – at random intervals for maximum fun. For daytime, the Children’s Fountain includes two shade structures. At night, the fountain is lit by a subtly shifting display of 20 multi-colored LED lights.  The Children’s Fountain is located at the Arts Plaza in historic downtown at 401 N.E. Second St. in Gresham.

This new parks amenity is free to users – the only no-cost splash pad in East Multnomah County
– and was developed entirely with $1.5 million in federal funds awarded to the City of Gresham for community development. “I am very excited to see Gresham add a great new place for our children and families, with the Children’s Fountain opening just in time for some relief from these hot days,” Mayor Shane Bemis said. “This strategic use of federal grant dollars will not only provide our kids a safe and healthy place to play, but it will help encourage economic activity in an important area of the city, and enhance one of our newest and most important public spaces.”

On Wednesday, July 16 at 6 p.m., the public is invited to the Arts Plaza to celebrate the launch of
the Children’s Fountain. The launch will showcase the interactive fountain and promote Rise Advance Dream (RAD) Gresham, a City initiative aimed at partnering with residents to dream big. Mayor Bemis and the Council are asking the public to brainstorm transformative ideas for Gresham’s future – ideas like a free, colorful fountain for kids. Since September 2013, the City has received dozens of ideas, ranging from a community center to an OMSI East campus, through the RAD online forum at At the July 16 fountain launch, Mayor Bemis and the City Council will celebrate RAD along with business and community leaders, and residents can submit their ideas to improve life in Gresham. There will be games, giveaways and free sno-cones.

After its holiday debut, the Children’s Fountain will be open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Because the fountain does not hold water, no lifeguard will be on duty. However, all children
must be supervised. Children who are not toilet trained must wear swim diapers, and swim clothing is required. For a list of fountain rules and etiquette, please visit The Children’s Fountain is a project of the Gresham City Council, which made design and construction a 2013 priority as a way to boost the Arts Plaza and drive business activity and private investment in the City’s downtown. The Department of Environmental Services managed construction of the fountain, and Parks and Facilities Division staff will operate it. For more information, call Parks and Facilities at 503-618-2300.