Ford C-Max Energi News

By Brad Berman ·
November 13, 2017

Ford Stops Production of the C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid

Ford last week confirmed that it stopped production of its C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid—and will soon cease production of the conventional hybrid version of the hatchback. “Ford C-Max Energi production has ended,” Dan Jones, Ford's North America Car Communications Manager, told Green Car Reports. While the plug-in hybrid variant of the C-Max is on track to have its best year of sales yet, sales of the no-plug C-Max hybrid have dropped by 18 percent compared to last year.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 04, 2017

Honda Clarity Electric Goes On Sale in California and Oregon

The all-electric version of the 2017 Honda Clarity started arriving in dealerships in the past few weeks. The full-size sedan, which is only available in California and Oregon, leases for $269 a month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. The all-electric Clarity can travel 89 miles on a single charge. That puts Honda in the unfortunate position of introducing an EV with a driving range significantly lower than the new generation of electric cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 19, 2016

More Long-Range EVs On the Way, From Volkswagen and Ford

Volkswagen will introduce a new electric car—about the size of the Golf and able to go more than 200 miles on a single charge—by 2019. Meanwhile, according to a new report in Automotive News, Ford is planning to launch its own 200-plus-mile electric car in early 2019. Ford is expected to use “Model E” as the brand name for a family of compact cars using hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric powertrains.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 27, 2015

Ford Offers Deals on Plug-ins in March

If you are considering the purchase of a plug-in hybrid from Ford, March might be the time to make the move. According to Ford’s corporate website, outgoing 2014 Fusion Energi models can receive about $3,500 in combined manufacturers discounts—and $4,000 on a 2014 C-Max Energi.

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By Alysha Webb ·
June 10, 2014

Ford Continues Emphasis on Plug-in Hybrids, Not EVs

Ford is committed to vehicle electrification. But the company’s course for plug-in cars will be slow and steady, with an emphasis on plug-in hybrids over pure electric cars.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
January 06, 2014

Solar Charging On a Budget with Ford C-MAX Solar Energi

Using solar energy to charge an electric car is not a new idea. A lot of plug-in vehicle drivers have been doing it for several years. It's a smart energy strategy, but the initial investment was substantial, so that leaves plenty of room for a better solution. Ford's idea is to do without a large rack of solar panels which people fit on their roof or in their garden. The only solar panels used here are on the car's roof, and they're installed by Ford itself.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
October 17, 2013

Ford Emphasizes Hybrids Over Pure Electric Cars

It’s no secret that Ford’s big vehicle electrification plans—essentially to offer some form of “electrified” version for each model in its lineup—center on hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains. Earlier this month, Ford gave the clearest indication yet that it considers electric cars a poor cousin to its hybrid lineup.

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By Alysha Webb ·
August 02, 2013

Ford and GM Plug-in Hybrids Are Both Gas-Free About 60 Percent of Driving

You get about the same percentage of pure electric miles from a series plug-in hybrid, like a Volt, as you do from a series-parallel plug-in hybrid, like the Ford Fusion Hybrid. That’s according to data from Ford and General Motors. Which technology you prefer may come down to the length of your commute and the size of your pocketbook.

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By Alysha Webb ·
July 17, 2013

Ford Pushes Vehicle Electrification, But Mostly Without Plug

Plug-in electric vehicles got short shrift in a Ford webinar yesterday. The company used the event, dubbed “Electrified Vehicle Momentum,” to announce a raft of enhancements to its conventional hybrid vehicles. Plug-in electrics could one day benefit from Ford’s increased investment in hybrid batteries and powertrains, but for now, the plug appears to be a secondary concern for the company.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
July 17, 2013

At Last, Ford Brings Electrified Models to Europe

Ford is a leader in hybrids in America, but it has yet to sell the first one in Europe. I took a test drive of an Escape Hybrid in Paris in 2006, and I thought at the time that this model would quickly arrive at dealers everywhere, but that didn't happen. Similarly, Ford started selling its Focus Electric in the U.S. last year, but Europe is still waiting to see a Ford EV outside of a motor show. So it's a relief to learn that they're finally coming.

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