Set to arrive soon in the U.S. market is Ford’s C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, which is expected to run on 20 miles on purely electricity. Ford said that it has a 550-mile overall range, which gives it the only hybrid that could be driven from Sacramento to San Diego with just one tank of fuel. Ford claims that the C-MAX Energi can achieve a 95 MPGe combined rating.
It has a starting price of $25,995, undercutting the Prius V (its biggest rival) by $1,300. It is powered by a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, which when combined with a battery-driven electric motor, gives the car 188hp. This makes it boast of 50p more than the Prius plug-in hybrid. In Europe, over 144,000 C-MAX (both gas and diesel powered) have been sold.
The model has been available there since 2010. Kevin Layden, the director of Ford electrification programs and engineering, said that C-MAX Energi doesn’t only offer leading efficiency. It also offers more power and features class-exclusive technologies like the hands-free liftgate and active park assist that makes parallel parking easier.
Though the design and technology of the C-MAX Energi is already well-known is a number of areas around the world. In Europe for example, since the later part of 2010, it is estimated that at least 144,000 units have been sold of this five-passenger model, whether the gas-powered version or the diesel one. It will be the first time thought that this nameplate will enter the U.S. market. According to Ford, for the U.S. market it is currently focusing on coming up with hybrid variants of the C-MAX based on its Europe counterparts.
Thus, the C-MAX Hybrid is inspired by the diesel version while the C-MAX Energi is based on the gas version. The C-MAX Energi is backed by innovation and research going back two decades. This is responsible for the excellent hardware and software technology. The C-MAX Energi is said to utilize around 500 patents that Ford holds as it relates to hybrid technology. A good example of this is the powersplit technology, which ensures that the vehicle is operating efficiently. This technology alone carries at least 200 patents. It is not just the patents that make the C-MAX Energi a cut above the rest of the hybrids.
The C-MAX Energi is fitted with the newest version of the SmartGauge that has the EcoGuide. What the system does is to make sure that drivers are able to get the most out of the vehicle. For example it shows the fuel economy in real-time as it’s displayed on a 4.2-inch LCD screen, one of two anyway. With this information, the driver will be able to make the necessary adjustments in order to optimize the efficiency.
In terms of output, the C-MAX Energi is similar to the C-MAX Hybrid in that both can offer 188 hp. For the C-MAX Energi, power comes from a gas engine combined with an electric motor that is driven by a battery. Using gasoline, this model uses the four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter engine. In terms of power and fuel efficiency, this is considered as one of Ford’s highly advanced four-cylinder powertrain that is not turbocharged.
Meanwhile the lithium-ion battery allows this vehicle to experience increased electric mode and a longer total range. Aside from simply plugging it in order to charge, the batteries are more powerful, efficiency, and lighter, when compared to the nickel-metal hydride batteries put inside the first generation vehicle hybrids. It also allows for charging times that are clearly faster.
Because owners plug in to charge the advanced lithium-ion battery in C-MAX Energi, the vehicle is able to achieve increased electric mode and total range. Lithium-ion batteries are lighter, more efficient and more powerful than nickel-metal hydride batteries used in first-generation hybrids. They also promote faster charging times.