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Ford has the Prius v in its crosshairs

Ford is taking the fight straight to Toyota with its new C-MAX Hybrid. While we first brought you news of the vehicle last year, Ford is now accepting per-orders for what it sees as the perfect competitor for the popular Prius v.
Ford announced that the C-MAX Hybrid will have a base price of $25,995 which is $500 lower than the Prius v. Ford also plays the "spec war" game by touting slightly greater maximum cargo capacity (99 cu. ft. vs. 97 cu. ft.) and roughly an inch greater headroom for both front and rear passengers.

Ford C-MAX Hybrid 

The C-MAX Hybrid is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine (Atkinson Cycle), which is paired with a CVT and Ford's hybrid powertrain (now with a lithium-ion battery pack).  We have the feeling that this is the same system that powers the second generation Ford Fusion Hybrid. While Ford isn't yet giving out EPA numbers for the C-MAX Hybrid, the 2013 Fusion Hybrid is good for 47/44 (city/highway).

“C-MAX Hybrid offers better fuel economy, performance, technology and functionality than Prius v – and C-MAX Hybrid customers will pay less at the dealership and at the pump,” said Ken Czubay, vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Ford is delivering the power of choice for leading fuel economy across its lineup – from EcoBoost to electrified vehicles – because customers increasingly want to save money at the pump, even as gas prices rise over time.”

Production of the C-MAX Hybrid is already underway, and potential customers can spec and price out one on Ford’s site. A plug-in variant, the C-MAX Energi, will be available later this year.

Source: Ford

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RE: Slow and steady...
By zozzlhandler on 5/17/2012 2:46:31 PM , Rating: 2
Right! Now all we need is the cheap electric power to run these things. Nuclear has proven that its safer than the alternatives (yes, that includes recent events). We should develop thorium reactors, build lots of them and stop depending on imported fossil fuels to generate our electricity.

RE: Slow and steady...
By bah12 on 5/17/2012 4:49:03 PM , Rating: 2
Not saying that Nuclear isn't the way to go, but one rather obvious correction regarding this...
We should develop thorium reactors, build lots of them and stop depending on imported fossil fuels to generate our electricity.
We don't rely on imported fuels for electricity. 1% of the US power generation comes from petroleum, not sure how much of that 1% is even imported. Fact is that if a significant portion of the population started driving EV's this year, for the short term at least we would most likely have to start importing fuel for power generation.

One interesting thing I noticed, was that I'd always placed Nuclear in the minority, but clearly we are doing a pretty good job of spreading our fuels between Coal, NG, and Nuclear. Having all our "fuel" eggs in one basket is not a good thing, so I was a bit shocked to see we are actually pretty good.

RE: Slow and steady...
By Ringold on 5/17/2012 7:24:39 PM , Rating: 2
More likely, we'd not have to important fuel (we've got a huge supply of nat gas), we'd just have rolling blackouts or have to jack way up the kwh price if people insisted on plugging in their cars at about the same time in the evenings, until some gas-fired plants could be brought on. (I'm just assuming that the load of a huge portion of households suddenly buying and charging a car every night would outstrip the benefit of the sun being down)

And then there's the Green River Formation shale oil.. but lets not get started.

RE: Slow and steady...
By Ytsejamer1 on 5/18/2012 8:41:24 AM , Rating: 3
What we really need in addition to many domestic sources (which we do have available), is an updated electrical grid. I still can't fathom why it hasn't been made a priority. With our grid going on 50-60 years in age, it'd be a great boost to the job market and economy if there was a national project to get the grid components updated. There would be loads of white collar engineering jobs, blue collar construction jobs, and everything in between created.

With electricity being the only other widely available power distribution method...that's needs to be the focus.

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