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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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RE: all well and good...
By kattanna on 6/13/2011 12:32:10 PM , Rating: 2
you know.. i am getting REAL tired of idiots treating what happened there as a failure. 10's of thousands of people died and entire towns were washed away by a tsunami that no one thought was possible, yet the nuclear plant survived intact for the most part.

it wasnt a failure, it was a raging success.

from the IAEA themselves..

http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2011/japanmiss...

quote:
"Our entire team was humbled by the enormous damage inflicted by the tsunami on Japan. We are also profoundly impressed by the dedication of Japanese workers working to resolve this unprecedented nuclear accident," said team leader Mike Weightman, the United Kingdom's Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations.


you people need to remember that this was not brought about by human or tech failure, like chernobyl. this was brought about by the 4th largest recorded earthquake in history, and a tsunami that was a 40 foot+ tall wall of water.

maybe you should go read what the IAEA actually has to say about the whole thing instead of "studies" cherry picked by a newspaper to make catchy headlines


RE: all well and good...
By superstition on 6/15/2011 8:15:27 PM , Rating: 1
Why don't you go help out the workers at the plant? Maybe if you start dying from radiation exposure you'll have less energy to waste calling people idiots.


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