Toyota to Increase the Number of Dealers for EVs and Plug-In Hybrids to 900 image

Ford has increased to 200 the number of dealers certified to sell the plug-in EVs, including the new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid.

Ford took the decision to triple the number of dealers as demand for plug-in hybrids has increased to 25%. Currently, 900 dealers are certified or waiting for certification to sell plug-in hybrids, three times more than the automaker’s initial plan to have 350 dealers by 2013. Ford’s new Escape, Fusion and C-MAX hybrids deliver better fuel economy than Toyota’s models, and the automaker makes sure he remains the leader of the market.

“Ford’s strategy to deliver the power of choice for leading fuel economy across our lineup seems very well timed as our customers and dealers are showing significant interest in vehicles such as the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid,” says C.J. O’Donnell, Ford Electrified Vehicle Marketing manager. “C-MAX Energi joins C-MAX Hybrid to help Ford take on Prius for the first time, with great early signs as the hybrid outsold Prius v in its first full month of sales in October.”

The first 67 certified dealers, located in California, New York and New Jersey, have been selling the Focus Electric since the beginning of spring, while the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is expected to hit showrooms in 2013, as the world’s most fuel-efficient sedan.