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2011 Detroit Auto Show: Ford In Love With Electric Cars

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Ford C-Max Energi, first revealed at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show

Ford C-Max Energi, first revealed at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show

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Just a few days after unveiling the 2012 Ford Focus Electric at the 2011 Consumer Electrics Show in Las Vegas, Ford has expanded its green fleet for 2012/13 with yet another plug in vehicle: The C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid

From the specifications and the way Ford is talking about its new vehicles, one thing is clear: Ford has both the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the 2011 Nissan LEAF in its sights.  

Revealed to a packed audience earlier at the 2011 Detroit auto show, the five seat multi-activity vehicle is the new generation of an already popular European Ford Vehicle. 

With the same integrated MyFord Touch interface found in the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, the 2012 Ford C-MAX Energi will allow owners to plan off-peak charging, remotely heat or cool their car and even unlock the vehicle remotely. 

The C-MAX Energi will recharge overnight on a standard 110V Convenience Charging Chord, as well as faster 240V charging using compatible Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment, such as Ford’s recently announced Home Charging Station

Ford claims its C-MAX Energi will have better fuel economy that the 2011 Chevrolet Volt as well as a higher all-electric range. Just like the 2012 Ford Focus Electric announced on Friday, Ford hasn’t yet released electric only range-per-charge figures, but has said that it will achieve more than 500 miles of range on a combined tank of gasoline and fully-charged battery. 

It has also been engineered to comply with California’s AT-PZEV regulations, meaning owners will be eligible to drive the C-MAX Energi in High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes even if there’s only one person on-board. 

Alongside conventional gasoline engined C-MAX models, the C-MAX will also be available as a non plug-in hybrid, the C-MAX Hybrid. Ford claims its fuel efficiency will beat that of its current best-selling hybrid, the Ford Fusion Hybrid. 

Ford now has four new electrified vehicles scheduled for production: The all-electric 2011 Ford Connect EV commercial vehicle, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, the 2012 Ford C-MAX Hybrid and the 2012 Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid. 

2012 Ford Focus Electric

2012 Ford Focus Electric

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Ford’s other Detroit Autoshow offering, the Ford Vertrek Concept, shows that the company is seeking to revolutionize the eco-car market in the same way it revolutionized the automobile over 100 years ago. 

Chevrolet and Nissan take note: Ford has just turned up to the party and it isn’t leaving alone. 

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[Ford Motor Co.]

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  1. Seeing that they have a spread of vehicles to offer is really exciting and it'll be interesting to see how their electric version of the "transit" van compares with other EV company's such as Smith who use the same chassis.
     
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