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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 Philippine Mango on 6/10/2011 8:43:25 PM , Rating: 3
You seem to forget that clean diesels aren't popular with the united states or english government and for good reason.. A "clean diesel" car in the U.S is a tier 2 Bin 5 vehicle, the lowest emission standard currently allowed. Hybrids typically are PZEV now or tier 2 bin 3 and typically emit far fewer emissions in city driving than a diesel ever could thanks to the hybrid drivetrain. If you drive a Prius in London, you're not subjected to a congestion fee which says a lot about the shifting desires of various municipal governments.

Hybrids are great for city driving, no question about it, and considering a lot Americans are the type that do not like the M/T version of cars but the automatic, do everything for me while I fall asleep at the wheel but wake me up when I'm about to hit something, I'd say the Prius is a very suitable vehicle. Believe it or not, the majority of driving done by Americans is done at city speeds..

By StealthX32 on 6/10/2011 8:47:54 PM , Rating: 1
Diesel hybrids.

Did your mind just get blown?

By superstition on 6/11/2011 3:00:06 PM , Rating: 2
I know... I had already mention diesel hybrids. Those have the best of both worlds: city efficiency from the hybrid tech, and highway efficiency from the diesel.

America is a big place, and diesel makes a lot more sense.

By Spuke on 6/11/2011 12:21:28 AM , Rating: 2
do everything for me while I fall asleep at the wheel but wake me up when I'm about to hit something, I'd say the Prius is a very suitable vehicle.
I disagree, we're FAR too busy yapping on the cell phone to fall asleep.

By Bad-Karma on 6/13/2011 3:17:04 AM , Rating: 2
Did you know that if you're driving a Prius and you put your hand out the window it will turn.......

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