SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Esurance, the direct-to-consumer personal car insurance company, is rolling out the first of its new Ford Fusion Hybrid claims vehicles.
The Fusion Hybrids are being delivered to Esurance claims personnel nationwide starting this week. The Fusion was recently named Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal, and the uber-modern cars are expected to provide up to 50 percent better gas mileage than the current Esurance claims fleet of hybrid Ford Escapes.
Over the next five years, Esurance expects the new Fusion Hybrids to save 370,530 gallons of gas compared to a non-hybrid Fusion. The resulting reduction in carbon emissions – 3,301 metric tons – is equivalent to planting 84,641 trees.
The company's Ford Escapes will be gradually retired over time, but they have served the company well for a number of years. Since 2008, the Esurance claims team collectively logged more than seven million miles on the road helping customers — like driving to the moon and back 14 times.
Much like Esurance's modern approach to car insurance, the new Fusion Hybrids use the latest technology to enhance the experience of drivers, and they do so in an environmentally-friendly way. Noteworthy features include:
- A regenerative braking system that uses the electric motor as a generator, converting the vehicle's momentum back to electricity for storage in the batteries
- A panel display on the dashboard to coach drivers on how to optimize the performance of the car by keeping track of their driving style and improvements over time
- Cloth seats made from 100% post-industrial and post-consumer waste
- Cushions and head restraints that use foam derived from plants seeds
"These cars don't look like the average claims vehicle," said Esurance Senior Claims Manager Mike Luders."The cars really catch the eye, they drive great, have the latest technology, and really show off Esurance as insurance for the modern world."
Esurance empowers people to make smart choices about their car insurance by providing easy-to-use online tools, such as Coverage Counselor® and Express Lane™, comparison quotes, and a convenient mobile app, as well as 24/7 customer service. The company is backed by Allstate. For more information about Esurance's new claims vehicles, check out the Esurance blog.
Esurance provides auto insurance direct to consumers online, over the phone, and through select agents, including sister company, Answer Financial. With an easy-to-use mobile app, quick comparison quotes, and online repair monitoring, Esurance is insurance for the modern world™ and the smart choice for today's web-savvy consumer. As a member of the Allstate family with an A+ rating from A.M. Best, Esurance is a reliable choice for car insurance, offering anytime, anywhere service just a click, call, or tap away. For more information, visit www.esurance.com or call 1-800-ESURANCE (1-800-378-7262).