Ford C-Max Energi News

  • Ford Fusion Energi charging.

    Six months after Ford issued a recall over a fire risk and its charge cords, some drivers of Ford plug-in vehicles still don’t have the peace of mind of a new charge cord. The recall, issued last August, affected or the 120V AC “convenience charge cord” that Ford supplies with more than 49,000 U.S.-market vehicles—including specific build dates that cover the 2012-2015 Ford Focus Electric, 2013-2015 Ford C-Max Energi, and 2013-2015 Ford Fusion Energi. Beginning on March 14, 2015, Ford began shipping an updated 120V charge cord that included a thermistor that can...

  • 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid
    Will 2021 Ford Escape bring back hybrid model (or plug-in hybrid)?

    Tomorrow, Ford is hosting journalists at an unusual event called "Ford Uncovered," at which it may discuss some of its future products for 2020 and beyond. Key among the questions that attendees will undoubtedly ask will be those about the company's strategy for electrified vehicles. While Ford was...

  • Mark Fields
    Ford fires CEO Fields, in part, for lagging on electric cars

    It's all the buzz of the auto industry this morning: Ford has fired its CEO Mark Fields and will replace him with Jim Hackett, former CEO of Michigan furniture maker Steelcase. Hackett presently oversees the Ford unit working on autonomous vehicles. The company is expected to make the announcement...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, Marin County, CA, Nov 2012
    Ford Energi Plug-In Hybrids: Electric Miles Are Half Of Total

    Media days at the Detroit Auto Show two weeks ago contained relatively little new from Ford Motor Company. A lightly updated 2017 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan emerged, as did an F-150 Raptor SuperCrew performance pickup truck. And that was it for product news. Media reports that Ford and Google would...

  • 2016 Ford C-Max Energi
    Free Electric-Car Charging For Ford C-Max Energi Owners (For 3 Years)

    Ford is offering free charging to California and Maryland customers who buy or lease a C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid.

  • 2013 Ford Focus Electric
    Ford May Show A 200-Mile Electric Car This Year To Counter Chevy Bolt: UPDATE

    The announcement that the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric car will go into production within 18 months seemingly sent shockwaves through the auto industry. GM's crosstown rival Ford, which has sold hybrids for more than 10 years but shown little love for battery-electric cars, now seems to feel the...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012

    Last week, Ford cut prices on both the hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of its 2016 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan. This week, the company is cutting costs for consumers in a different way: doubling its incentives to help dealers move out the last of its 2014 Ford C-Max compact tall wagons. DON'T MISS: 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid & Energi Models To Get $900 Price Cut According to CarsDirect, Ford has added a "rare combination of rebates and special discounts" to both the C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi. The sums add up quickly, in some cases approaching one-fifth of the vehicles' total sticker...

  • Updated Ford C-Max (European market) for 2015, shown at 2014 Paris Motor Show
    Updated Ford C-Max European Models Unveiled For Paris Motor Show

    Just one day after it revealed a small portion of the design in a teaser photo, the updated Ford C-Max for the European market has been unveiled ahead of the Paris Motor Show. With sleeker front styling and a host of new features, the new C-Max will go on sale as a 2015 model in Europe. U.S...

  • 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid
    Ford Hybrid Sales: So Far, Not Hurt By All Those MPG Reductions

    It's embarrassing when an automaker has to reduce its EPA gas-mileage ratings after being investigated by the agency, as Ford did in August 2013 for its 2013 and 2014 C-Max Hybrid. It's even more embarrassing when the company has to cut the rating on those vehicles again--along with five...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012
    Could Less-Pricey 2016 Chevy Volt Undercut Plug-In Hybrids?

    The average new vehicle transaction price in the U.S. today is around $32,000. Now it appears that the upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Volt may possibly have two model variants, one of them targeting a base price of $30,000. That price could potentially equal--or undercut--every plug-in hybrid offered...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, test drive, Catskill Mountains, NY, Mar 2013
    Ford Cuts Gas Mileage On 6 Models: What You Need To Know, And Open Questions

    The news yesterday was simple: Ford has lowered the gas-mileage and efficiency ratings for six of its 2013 and 2014 models. Three are hybrids from Ford and Lincoln, two are Ford plug-in hybrids, and the last is the 2014 Ford Fiesta, newly updated, which has revised ratings for four different engine...

  • Ford C-Max Energi 'Upside' parody advert
    Ford Parodies Divisive Cadillac ELR Ad With 'Upside' C-Max Video

    Why do we work so hard? Because hard work means "anything is possible"--and maybe you'll get a nice pool and a fancy car out of it. At least, that's the answer if Cadillac's "Poolside" ad for its ELR range-extended electric luxury coupe was to be believed. MUST SEE: Tesla Model S To Get Titanium...

  • 2014 Ford Focus

    Ford's sales of its two Energi plug-in hybrid models climbed steadily throughout 2013, and now it appears the company will add a third model to the Energi family for 2015. If rumors are correct, the 2015 Ford Focus Energi will add a plug-in hybrid model to the existing gasoline and battery-electric versions of its compact hatchback and sedan. Its existence was first mentioned by Autocar, which noted it as an addition to a range of updated 2015 Focus models. The British magazine said only that it would use the same 2.0-liter engine as the C-Max Energi. We did a bit of asking around, and...

  • Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept at CES 2014
    Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept: Using The Sun To Charge Electric Car

    Solar power has proven itself better for static charging than it has for on-vehicle use, even if Australia's Solar Challenge race has shown solar cars to be possible under certain, very specific conditions. The trouble is, electric cars draw too much power and take up too small an area for solar...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Energi
    Ford Outsells Toyota In Plug-In Hybrids For First Time (Volt Too)

    Ford plug-in hybrids may be shifting the sales balance away from battery-electric cars.

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012
    Ford C-Max Hybrids Recalled To Add Missing Door Chime

    Ford will update vehicle software to add the federally-mandated door chime.

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, Marin County, CA, Nov 2012
    Ford Plug-In Drivers Do 60% Of Miles On Electricity (Just Like Volt)

    Ford plug-in hybrid drivers are really making the most of the electric range of their vehicles--with nearly 60 percent of trips done entirely gas-free. That's according to Ford itself, using aggregated data from the MyFord Mobile app. The most interesting thing is that as many Ford plug-in owners...

  • 2013 Ford Focus Electric
    After Price Cut, Will More Choose 2014 Focus Electric Over C-Max Energi?

    If you've been considering an electric car but have been deterred by pricing, it might be worth another try—or at least another look at the numbers. This past week, Ford dropped the price of the 2014 Focus Electric to $35,995; that's about a 10-percent cut from the 2013 sticker price of...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid in Massachusetts winter [photo: John Mitchell]

    My wife and I have been very pleased with the results of green initiatives we undertook at our home, including solar panels and geothermal heating. Then we decided to expand our efforts to automobiles and cut down on our fossil fuel use. While we didn't find an affordable battery electric car with the 350 miles of range and 5-minute recharge time that we dreamed of to replace our Ford Explorer and Escape, I believe we've found a good compromise that blends excellent performance and high reliability. We now own a 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid hatchback, and we lease a 2013 Ford Focus...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model
    Right Electric Range For A Plug-In Hybrid: Is Lower Better?

    How much electric range is the "right" amount in a plug-in hybrid or range-extended electric car? If you're a fan of battery electric vehicles, the answer is "all of it." But if you want to drive most of your miles on electricity, and still have the security of a combustion engine as a backup for...

  • Ford's MyEnergi Lifestyle guide
    Ford: Drive Our Cars, Buy Green Appliances--And Kiss Texas, California, and New York Goodbye

    The average household in America consumes more than 11,000 kWh of electricity per year, much of it during certain peak daytime hours. Many utility companies benefit from this by applying the law of supply and demand; as demand goes up, so do prices. Off-peak (late at night, for example)...

  • 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid
    LA Auto Show Wrapup: Five New Plug-In Electric Cars (Video)

    For our final piece on last week's Los Angeles Auto Show, we put together a video on the five new plug-in electric cars officially unveiled there. Three of them are plug-in hybrids, a pair from Ford and one from Honda, and the other two are small battery-electric conversions by the makers of the...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    Green Car Reports 2013 Best Car To Buy Nominee: Ford C-Max

    The 2013 Ford C-Max is the first car from any U.S. manufacturer to take aim directly at the legendary Toyota Prius hybrid. Derived from a small "people carrier" of the sort that are common in Europe, it's Ford's first-ever dedicated hybrid--a vehicle sold with no gasoline-only equivalent (at least...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid
    GE To Add Ford Plug-In Hybrids To Fleet Of Volts, Other Electric Cars

    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...

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