C-Max Energi and C-Max Hybrid are the latest MPVs (multi-purpose vehicles) presented by Ford at the Detroit International Auto Show. Judging from recent Ford history, it seems like the U.S. company specializes in family cars, as the wide range of options include the Ford Flex, Escape, Explorer and Edge, not to mention the Fusion, Fiesta or Focus models.
According to Nancy Gioia, Ford Director of Blobal Electrification, “C-Max Energi and C-Max Hybrid will be perfect for families looking to maximize their hybrid car experience. Thanks to the versatile interior, these cars are going to appeal to environmentally conscious consumers who need room to grow.”
The C-Max Energi is expected to have a range of 500 miles by combining its high-voltage lithium-ion battery and electric traction motor with a very efficient Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine, thus enabling the car to make use of its electric abilities prior to its gasoline engine. The lithium-ion batteries are developed and assembled by Ford in Michigan, allowing the user to achieve a 100% charge overnight using a regular 120-volt outlet.
The C-Max Hybrid is expected to top the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid, which is the most fuel-efficient sedan in the U.S. This comes from its inbuilt ability to fully operate in electric-mode when under 47 mph, thus saving fuel.
One of the most valued additions to both of these models is the unique driver information systems, like MyFord Touch. These features enable the owner to manage and monitor (even remotely) the charge state and progress, average and instant miles per gallon and many other features.
Ford promises three other additions to hit the market within the next two years, including Ford Transit Connect Electric van and the new Focus Electric. A third is promised to be announced at a later date.