Ford didn’t show off all its new green stuff at the just ended Consumer Electronics Show in in Las Vegas – just the Focus Electric. It saved a couple of goodies for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, including a big one: Its first production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the C-MAX Energi, due out in 2012. Pointedly, Ford said the vehicle “delivers better charge-sustaining fuel economy than Chevrolet Volt.”
The C-MAX Energi – a five-passenger “multi-use vehicle”– pairs a lithium-ion battery and electric traction motor with a high-efficiency Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine. It runs in electric mode before switching over to the gasoline engine and hybrid mode when the battery is depleted. Ford pegged the vehicle’s range at “more than 500 miles … using the battery and engine – more than any other plug-in or extended-range electric vehicle.”
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