2011 NAIAS: Ford C-MAX Energi [Live Photos]
The “greenhead”, which is a next-generation full hybrid incarnation of the five-seater multi-activity vehicle is targeting the T-PZEV (Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) status. The vehicle is based on the new Ford C-MAX, aiming to offer a driving range of over 500 miles (800 km), using the battery and the engine. Ford brags that it manages to offer “better charge-sustaining fuel economy than the Chevrolet Volt”.
The vehicle’s battery system allows it to reach a full charge status overnight, using a standard household power outlet. However, Ford recommends daily charging to maximize the use of electric driving mode.
“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.
The C-MAX Energi, as well as the Focus Electric, will come packed with intelligent driver information systems, led by a custom version of the MyFord Touch driver connect system, which is aimed at maximizing fuel efficiency and extending the electric range.
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