Ford announced it will sell 2, 000 Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids, which would be the automaker’s largest plug-in electrified vehicle fleet sale.
Ford will also jointly market GE’s alternative fuel infrastructure solutions, as part of the deal between the two companies. GE took the decision to purchase 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi vehicles as it plans to shift half of its global fleet to alternative fuel vehicles. GE plans to have 25,000 alternative fuel vehicles, and the purchase of these 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi cars brings its fleet to more than 5,000 units.
“Ford is launching six new electrified vehicles – a big bet that fuel prices will continue rising and lead to more demand for advanced fuel-efficient vehicles,” says Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “We are pleased to partner with GE, a company that is charting a similar course, to promote advanced technology and energy savings.”
Ford, GE and researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology will join forces to study GE employee driving and charging habits, aiming at improving all-electric driving and charging performance. Currently the all-new Ford C-Max Energi is the most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid in the US, with 108 MPGe city rating and 100 MPGe combined rating.