As you may know already, on Friday, Ford introduced the all-new 2012 Focus Electric Car at the 2011 CES, but things didn’t stop here as the American manufacturer also introduced today at the 2011 North American International Auto Show the Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and C-MAX Hybrid models.
Based on the 2012 Ford C-MAX, the new models will be built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich while the European debut will be made in 2013.
The new C-MAX Energi promises to provide provides maximum fuel efficiency by pairing a high-voltage lithium-ion battery and electric traction motor with a high-efficiency Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine. According to Ford, the car will offer a range of more than 500 miles (800 kilometers), which means a better charge-sustaining fuel economy than Chevrolet Volt.
Regarding the C-MAX Hybrid, this model is targeted to deliver a better fuel economy than the popular Ford Fusion Hybrid, known as the most fuel-efficient sedan in America.
The C-MAX Hybrid will use Ford’s powersplit hybrid architecture and a lighter, smaller lithium-ion battery system. Ford says that the li-ion battery packs offer a number of advantages over the nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) batteries that power today’s hybrid vehicle.
Moreover, the American manufacturer says that the efficiencies of its right-sized battery system, the plug-in hybrid easily recharges 100 percent overnight on a 120-volt outlet.
C-MAX Energi owners will also have access to a set of driver information systems designed to offer information regarding the recharge process, manage the most eco-friendly route on-board, remotely control their vehicle’s charge and preconditioning settings, monitor battery state of charge and maximize energy efficiency to extend use of electric mode.
MyFord Touch driver connect technology will offer exceptional configurability of vehicle information, including fuel level, battery power level, and average and instant miles per gallon, while MyView will allow the divers to access even more vehicle data such as the electrical demands of vehicle accessories. The Brake Coach feature helps to educate drivers to optimize their use of the regenerative brakes to recapture kinetic energy.