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Ford Unveils C-MAX Energi and C-MAX Hybrid at Detroit Auto Show

by , 01/12/11

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Last week, Ford unveiled its all-new Focus Electric at the Consumer Electronics Show, and the company’s EV excitement continues at the Detroit Auto Show. Today, Ford announced the addition of two more electric vehicles, both eco-versions of the company’s C-MAX, a five-passenger wagon: the C-MAX Energi, which will be a plug-in hybrid similar to the Chevy Volt, and the C-MAX hybrid, which will use the company’s existing hybrid-electric powertrain that powers the Ford Fusion.

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Ford has not yet revealed exact stats for the vehicles, but they are promising the Energi to deliver a driving range of 500 miles and a better charge-sustaining fuel economy than the Chevy Volt. The hybrid model is targeted to deliver better fuel economy than Ford’s Fusion Hybrid, which gets 41mpg.

Ford uses a blended hybrid powertrain, meaning that the vehicle first uses the charge of the battery and then runs in regular hybrid mode, which supposedly produces the best fuel economy. It also allows Ford to use a smaller, lighter, and cheaper battery, making the vehicle more affordable for consumers. The Energi features the same driver information systems as the Focus Electric, which provide drivers with eco-information like the battery’s charge, distance to the nearest charge location, and the impact of vehicle systems like air conditioning. The guide also provides drivers with their energy consumption at the end of each trip, and the map-based navigation system coaches drivers on the most energy efficient route.

Ford’s rollout of five new hybrid and electric vehicles began last December with the Ford Transit Connect Electric, a small commercial van. The fifth model will be another next-generation hybrid, to be announced next year in the U.S. With 140,000 hybrids on the road, Ford is currently the largest domestic producer of electrified vehicles in America.

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  1. karlveit July 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

    jeperry is spot on: a 4 ADULT passenger plug-in hybrid at minimum cost is the key to capturing the bulk of the US market and for export. I don’t need or want the electronic gingerbread. I can avoid other cars; I can park a car; and I can buy a GPS for $100. Unbundle the hi-tech and offer options for those who want to pay for them.

    When will Ford release performance data and let us get in line for delivery? Are they going to offer only the hi-$ models first, as Tesla is doing for the S?

  2. jeperry January 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    A $1500 GPS is not needed by most people in an EV. The EV that will sell should be extremely basic, allowing for a lower price.
    The Sr. market requires a car for trips to the supermarket, doctors appointments etc. Living on SS only, I can’t afford a $30-40k car; but would like an EV, 4 passenger that is easy to get in and out of.

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