Ford Unveils C-MAX Energi, C-MAX Hybrid
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. unveiled two next-generation hybrid vehicles -- including its first production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle -- at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. The Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and C-MAX Hybrid are based on the new Ford C-MAX five-passenger vehicle.
The plug-in hybrid and third-generation full hybrid leverage Ford's global C-car platform, powersplit architecture, next-generation driver information features and advanced lithium-ion battery systems, Ford said.
"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. "Thanks to the versatile interior, these cars are going to appeal to environmentally conscious consumers who need room to grow."
C-MAX Hybrid delivers better fuel economy than the 41 mpg Ford Fusion Hybrid and builds on the success of the powersplit architecture Ford uses in its current hybrids, allowing the vehicle to operate in electric mode beyond 47 mph.
Both the C-MAX Energi and C-MAX Hybrid models will be built alongside the all-new 2012 Ford Focus and Focus Electric at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. The plant's production is powered in part by one of the largest solar energy generator systems in the state. The C-MAX Energi and C-MAX Hybrid vehicles sold in Europe in 2013 will be built at Ford's plant in Valencia, Spain, starting in 2013.
Targeted to achieve AT-PZEV (Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) status, C-MAX Energi enhances fuel efficiency by pairing a high-voltage lithium-ion battery and electric traction motor with a high-efficiency Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine. This allows the vehicle to run in electric mode before using the gasoline engine.
"A plug-in hybrid owner may make fewer trips to the pump to refuel because of its all-electric mode capability," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford vice president of global product development. "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."