2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Long Term Road Test


2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Ready Telltale (x 2)

February 04, 2010

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After starting up our long-term 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid yesterday, I noticed something:

What's that green telltale in the lower right corner of the meter cluster? It lit up after I keyed the ingnition on.

At first I thought it showed that the car is being powered in pure electric mode. But then the internal combustion engine (ICE) kicked in and that telltale stayed lit. So that's not it.

Hmmmm. It kind of looks like an Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) headway icon. You know, to control the interval to the preceding vehicle. But our test car doesn't have ACC. But I stabbed at the Cruise master On/Off switch on the steering wheel anyway to power it off. Again that green telltale stayed lit.

OK, enough semi-educated guessing. Time to RTFM.

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That telltale indicates that the vehicle is ready to drive (because it is nearly silent at start-up).
Karl wrote about this in a previous posting.

But here's the thing: his post was about the Reconfigurable Telltale (RTT in Fordspeak) on the left side of the meters, above the odo. That telltale goes out after being briefly lit, and it's the same shape and color as the one on the right side.

The telltale I was baffled by remains lit til ignition off.

Why two of the same telltales? I don't know.

Perhaps to inform you that your Fusion Hybrid is really, really Ready to drive?

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 2985 miles

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