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Ford C-Max Hybrid

Ford Focus Electric
Ford will not bring 7-passenger C-max to U.S.

The move is on to more fuel-efficient power trains for vehicles of all sorts. New, smaller and more efficient engines aren't only coming to compact cars; they are also coming to larger full size trucks and other vehicles. Ford is one of the manufacturers at the forefront of the tech push to make all of its vehicle models more efficient.

One of the most popular and interesting of the fuel-efficient vehicles is the Ford F-150 truck with the EcoBoost V6 engine option. A very significant number of those trucks are being sold with this powertrain. The impressive thing is that while the EcoBoost is more efficient, it also has similar power output as the V8 trucks offer.

Now Ford has announced that it will up the yearly production of hybrid and electric vehicles from 35,000 yearly to 100,000 yearly. Ford will focus on the five-passenger C-Max Hybrid and the all-electric Energi. This move will make the C-Max/Energi the only vehicles in the Ford fleet that aren’t offered in gasoline engine-only versions.

Jim Farley, Ford's vice president of marketing said, "The way we're executing our electric vehicles is a little different than other companies. We're not electrifying a certain vehicle and making a science project for a few people. We're electrifying our core (models)."

The increase in hybrid and electric vehicles also includes the current hybrids Ford offers like the Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, and the Escape SUV. Ford also recently announced that it would be making an increased investment into three plants in Michigan of $135 million and added 220 jobs to help build five new electric models by 2012.

The Detroit News reports about 170 of the 220 new jobs will be in the Rawsonville factory where the batteries for the EVs will be assembled.

In addition to the new C-Max and Energi, Ford will also add the all-electric Focus to the lineup next year. At this point, however, Ford is still not offering many details on the Focus electric with respect to how far the car will be able to drive on a single charge (100 miles would be a good guess). 



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By superstition on 6/10/2011 7:39:10 PM , Rating: 1
I forgot to mention the absurdity of giving tax subsidies to electric and hybrid vehicles given the way the US chose to hand over the rare earths mining industry to China. Our mines are not operational and China has already threatened us with embargoes.

So, yeah -- let's force American tax-payers to subsidize batteries for these vehicles made with those rare earths from China. That makes so much sense! Meanwhile, our diesel fuel standard is substandard. Engine manufacturers say we should have a wear scar of no more than 460. All it would take is less than 2% biodiesel added to get us there. Our cetane standard is only 40. And, beyond the poor-quality fuel (and lack of inspections in most states), we have car policy that is crazy. Maybe electric vehicles make sense for people who live in large cities in areas that have no winter, but a lot of us don't.

Why not put some money into diesel-electric hybrids, if you really want the maximum in fuel efficiency?


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