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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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Infrastructure Anyone?
By th3pwn3r on 6/12/2011 10:51:08 AM , Rating: 2
What's going to happen as more Americans plug in their vehicles at night? Won't we overload are already failing circuitry and power suppliers? I honestly don't know TOO much about the current state of our electrical suppliers and their plants but to my knowledge these power plants already have issues. Increases the load/demands will only cause more failures and things are already looking grim. I'm not exactly for or against Hybrids but I just have thoughts about this because to my knowledge we already need upgrades across our nation.




RE: Infrastructure Anyone?
By shiftypy on 6/13/2011 7:16:39 AM , Rating: 2
At night overall consumption is much lower, so its not much of a problem. Its even beneficiary to balance the day/night load.

But in the long run more production capacity must be installed. And if it isn't nuclear, its not helping much.


RE: Infrastructure Anyone?
By th3pwn3r on 6/13/2011 11:41:17 AM , Rating: 2
Talk about timing, the U.S. Government just had a presentation on their Smart Grid Plan which would help with some of the issues I had mentioned.


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