Edit: I screwed up, my apologies, this is not a plug-in or extended range, it only goes 1 mile on the battery, but it will go up to 47 MPH before engaging the gasoline engine. Sorry about the mistake, I found it corrected in some other news coverage of it I just read. I've adjusted this JE accordingly. It's a normal hybrid, albeit good mileage. Second generation plug in will be later I assume.
We'll see on build quality, but their new Fusion hybrid from Ford looks to be a winner. They are claiming number 2 position behind the Prius in mileage, in a larger car, and the ability to go EDIT ONE mile on battery alone at less than highway speeds, but still "around town" speeds, at under 30 grand. And they didn't even use lithium ion, just NiMH batteries. And Ford so far hasn't taken any bailout money. Now, what I want to know is when will we start seeing diesel electrics and not just gas electrics.