Ford revealed two next-generation hybrid vehicles, which Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and C-MAX Hybrid are based on the new Ford C-MAX five-passenger multi-activity vehicle, and each will offer high mileage and low emissions as well as distinctive body design and a flexible interior.
“C-MAX Energi and C-MAX Hybrid will be perfect for families looking to maximize their hybrid car experience,” said Nancy Gioia, Ford director of Global Electrification. Both are two of five electrified vehicles that Ford will bring to the North American market during the next two years.
Ford C-MAX Hybrid is targeted to deliver better fuel economy than the 41 mpg Ford Fusion Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient sedan in America today. Both vehicles sold in Europe in 2013 will be built at Ford’s plant in Valencia, Spain, starting in 2013.
Ford C-MAX Energi provides maximum fuel efficiency by pairing a high-voltage lithium-ion battery and electric traction motor with a high-efficiency Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine. This case for targeted to achieve AT-PZEV (Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) status.
Ford C-MAX Energi will offer more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) of overall driving range using the battery and engine – more than any other plug-in or extended-range electric vehicle.
In general, plug-in hybrid vehicles offer several benefits, including:
Electric driving range, perfect for emissions-free and silent city driving
Potential consumer savings on energy and fuel costs thanks to improved fuel efficiency over a standard hybrid
Reduced dependency on petroleum and increased energy independence
Reduced environmental impact through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
Increased use of electricity from renewable energy sources (e.g. wind and solar), where available, for vehicle recharging
The plug-in advantage are Conveniently, they’ll be able to recharge their plug-in hybrid at home overnight. And they’ll never have to think about the vehicle’s electric range, because the plug-in hybrid seamlessly shifts to fuel power when needed.
Ford C-MAX Energi and C-MAX Hybrid will use advanced lithium-ion battery systems. Li-ion battery packs offer a number of advantages over the nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) batteries that power today’s hybrid vehicles. In general, they are 25 to 30 percent smaller and 50 percent lighter.
Ford C-MAX Energi will benefit from daily charging to maximize its all-electric range. Thanks to the efficiencies of its right-sized battery system, the plug-in hybrid easily recharges 100 percent overnight on a 120-volt outlet.