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GE To Add Ford Plug-In Hybrids To Fleet Of Volts, Other Electric Cars

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2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid

2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid

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General Electric is adding a large fleet of 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids to its growing fleet of plug-in and electric vehicles.

The 2,000 Energi models will join GE's existing fleet of Chevrolet Volts and other plug-ins.

The deal is Ford's largest delivery of plug-in vehicles so far. For GE, it now means that 10 percent of its fleet, or around 5,000 vehicles, is now made up of alternative-fuel vehicles.

That goes some way to reaching GE's initiative to convert half of its global fleet to alternative fuel vehicles, a scheme which it dubs "ecomagination".

Ford's C-Max Energi is currently America's most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid, with a 108 MPGe city rating according to the EPA. Range is quoted at 620 miles on a single tank, ideal for some of the company's long-distance operatives. GE's fleet of Volts is also fairly efficient, with an EPA combined rating of 94 MPGe on electricity, and 37 mpg combined on gasoline.

Mike Vachon from GE explains the company's motives, saying "At GE, we are focused on providing our customers and our fleet with more economically and environmentally efficient vehicles. The Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid is a great addition to our expanding fleet of alternative fuel vehicles."

Ford, along with researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, will monitor the GE employees' usage of the Energi cars to better understand how people use plug-in vehicles.

In return for the C-Max deal, Ford will be promoting GE's WattStation charging station, and the company's 'CNG in a Box' natural gas fueling station with its commercial buyers.

Want more info on the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi? You can read our first drive report here.

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Comments (11)
  1. Nit Pick here. Not really a mistake but misleading

    108 MPGe C-Max
    94 MPGe Volt

    looks like a big difference. But comparing like to like with 2013 models it should be

    100 MPGe C-Max
    98 MPGe Volt.

    That is a pretty small difference and given the larger e-range for the Volt, it might well be considered to be more eco-friendly.
     
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  2. John, thanks for the comment, but can you briefly clarify this? What's like-to-like, I guess? I believe you, I'm just not clear what you mean here. Thanks!
     
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  3. The 2013 Volt has a slightly better MPGe then the 2011/2012.
    as for the variation on the C-Max, it must be the US Localized version. US DOT requires certain impact protection that typically adds some weight to cars compared to the european versions
     
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  4. Pat, thank you for the explanation.
     
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  5. John was saying that the article compared the wrong numbers. They compared the C-Max's city number with the Volt's combined number. That is why its not "like-to-like". They should have compared combined to combined, or city to city for each car.

    The C-Max's combined rating is 100 MPGe in electric mode whereas the 2012 Volt is at 94 MPGe. As John points out, the 2013 VOlt is at 98 MPGe.
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  6. Jesse, thanks!
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  7. "Ford, along with researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, will monitor the GE employees' usage of the Energi cars to better understand how people use plug-in vehicles."

    That is b/c Ford is one of the largest supporter of Georgia Tech and tons of GT alumni works for Ford...


    "Ford's C-Max Energi is currently America's most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid, with a 108 MPGe city rating according to the EPA"

    But we know EPA doesn't mean real world numbers in this particlular case. Volt is actually getting its real world numbers...
     
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  8. Yes there are many Good things in that car its looking awesome to drive and as a girl I want to drive that beautiful and releasable car and most important thing in that post about electric-cars. good work keep it up.
    limo service dc
     
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  9. that 620 mile range remains to be seen the C- Max hybrid appears to have greatly inflated EPA numbers that are hard to reach. only time will tell how regular consumers fair
     
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  10. lets see what happens with the energi, but the price point on the energi is impressive
     
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  11. Energi model is only rated 43mpg though.

    With even higher weight, I seriously doubt that it can break 40mpg when its lighter hybrid version can barely break 42mpg.

    But the whole point of a "good" plugin is about using electricity over gas (some people fail to understand that). That is where the trade off comes from. Using as much EV mode as possible.
     
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