This year at Detroit, Ford came with the Focus Electric, the C-MAX Hybrid and the C-MAX Energi.
Based on the new Ford C-MAX, the C-MAX Energi targets more than 500 miles of driving range using the battery and engine.
It delivers better charge-sustaining fuel economy than the Chevrolet Volt. The C-MAX Energi employs the same five-point plug that Ford designed for the Focus Electric, and the company said that using a standard 120-volt home outlet “easily recharges 100 percent overnight.” The Energi drives in electric mode when it has a fully charged battery, switching to normal hybrid drive when the battery gets depleted.
“When the cord set connector is plugged into the Focus Electric or C-MAX Energi charge port, which is conveniently located between the driver’s door and front wheel well, it activates a light ring that loops around the port twice in acknowledgement of connectivity. The light ring then illuminates in quadrants as the vehicle charges. Flashing quadrants represent charge in progress and solid-lit quadrants show stages of charge completion. When the entire ring is solidly lit, the vehicle is fully charged,” a company statement explains.
For US, the C-Max Energi and C-Max Hybrid will be made alongside the 2012 Focus and Focus Electric at Ford’s Wayne plant in Michigan. European versions will be built at Valencia, Spain.