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Detroit, Michigan – On the heels of the newly unveiled Focus Electric car, Ford has debuted the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and C-MAX Hybrid at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. Both will use the company’s powersplit hybrid architecture and advanced lithium-ion battery systems; Ford claims the C-MAX Energi will deliver better charge-sustaining fuel economy than the Chevrolet Volt.
The all-electric rechargeable Focus Electric passenger car will be introduced in North America in late 2011 and Europe in 2012. Ford will launch the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and C-MAX Hybrid in 2012 in North America and in 2013 in Europe.
The C-MAX Energi is the company’s first-ever plug-in hybrid production electric vehicle targeting AT-PZEV (Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) status. The C-MAX Hybrid is a next-generation full hybrid version of the five-passenger multi-activity vehicle.
The new-generation Ford electrified vehicles introduce new features and technologies – led by a unique version of the MyFord Touch driver connect system especially for electric vehicles, a new value charging feature powered by Microsoft and, for North America, a smartphone app called MyFord Mobile that helps plug-in owners control their vehicles remotely.
“By providing a variety of electrified vehicles, we are making it easier for our customers to embrace this fuel-saving technology,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “This strategy is true to our heritage of making innovative technology available to as many people as possible and to our vision of developing great products, building a strong business and contributing to a better world.”
Based on the new Ford Focus, the Focus Electric will offer adequate range to cover the majority of daily driving habits plus a mile-per-gallon equivalent better than Chevrolet Volt and competitive with other battery electric vehicles. It will charge in half the time of a Nissan Leaf, says the company.
The C-MAX Energi, based on the new Ford C-MAX five-passenger multi-activity vehicle, targets more than 500 miles of driving range using the battery and engine. It delivers better charge-sustaining fuel economy than the Chevrolet Volt, according to Ford.
The C-MAX Hybrid, the full hybrid variant of the C-MAX, is targeted to deliver better fuel economy than the Ford Fusion Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient sedan in North America. It also leverages the company’s powersplit hybrid architecture and uses a lighter, smaller lithium-ion battery system.
These three new models use Ford’s global C-car platform and will be built alongside the all-new Ford Focus at the company’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. Ford will build the new C-MAX Energi and Hybrid models for European markets at its plant in Valencia, Spain.