2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid
  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid
  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid
  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid
  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid
  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid
  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid
  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid
  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid
  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid

An automotive history benchmark was achieved in 2011 when more than 20,000 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in the US. Initial ambitious global plans by automakers have been downsized this year as consumers have been more cautious than anticipated to embrace new plug-in vehicle technology. Despite that, Pike Research continues to see indications for significant growth in long-term global demand for plug-ins.

That growth will vary by region. Pike Research forecasts plug-in hybrid vehicles will continue to lead sales in the US market. The opposite is expected in Europe and Asia, where battery electric vehicles are expected to outsell PHEVs.

While Nissan has deserves credit for breaking through barriers by bringing the Leaf to market, Pike Research is forecasting that sales leadership will be taken over by competitors. It's expected that Ford, Toyota, and General Motors will lead the plug-in vehicles market in the US when comparing total vehicles sold from 2012 to 2020. While Ford has been slower than competitors so far in the plug-in market, its future plans are ambitious and it could be the only automaker to surpass 400,000 PEVs sold in the US through 2020, says research director John Gartner. Ford was quick to point out (as you can read below) that the C-Max Hybrid beat the Prius the first full month the two were both on sale. It's not a plug-in battle, but the competition between the two automakers is heating up, for sure.

While plug-in vehicle sales numbers haven't impressed many automotive analysts, they are growing in the US and plug-in vehicles are expected to sell 48,000 units in 2012. This gives the US the highest number of any global market. It's expected that the US market will play the leading role in sales through 2020, and perhaps longer.

As for global reach, the Pike Research report anticipates worldwide plug-in vehicle sales will be climb to more than one million units in 2017, seven years after they started. That's about half the time it took for hybrid electric vehicles to reach that sales volume. Perhaps there is a bright spot on the horizon for plug-ins, after all.
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Ford C-MAX Hybrid Outsells Toyota Prius v in First Full Sales Month, Helps Ford Set Hybrid, Small Vehicle Sales Records

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
  • In its first full month of sales, Ford's new C-MAX Hybrid outsells Toyota Prius v, 3,182 units to 2,769
  • Ford sets record for hybrid sales in October with 4,612 units – double October 2011 hybrid sales
  • C-MAX hybrids help Ford achieve strongest October small car sales in 11 years –a total 25,493 vehicles for a 54 percent increase year over year
  • Nearly 70 percent of C-MAX Hybrid buyers are new to Ford, with 25 percent of sales in California as Ford continues to make in-roads on the coasts
The new Ford C-MAX Hybrid – America's most fuel-efficient and affordable hybrid utility vehicle – is now the best-selling hybrid utility vehicle after outselling Toyota Prius v, 3,182 units to 2,769 units, in just its first full month of sales in October.

The new C-MAX Hybrid led Ford in achieving its best October hybrid sales month ever with a total of 4,612 sales, up 142 percent over October 2011. C-MAX Hybrid sales helped Ford deliver its best October for small car sales in 11 years. Ford sales of Focus, C-MAX and Fiesta were up 54 percent to 25,493 units year over year.

"The new C-MAX is off to a fast start in the heart of the hybrid market, not only outselling Prius v, but drawing a lot of interested Toyota customers who chose our new hybrid instead," says C.J. O'Donnell, manager, Ford Electrified Vehicles. "Customers now come into our showrooms for fuel economy, and we're delivering with six vehicles that offer 40 mpg or better, including the new C-MAX Hybrid at 47 mpg combined, with another two on the way by year's end."

C-MAX Hybrid's leading EPA-rated fuel economy – up to 7 mpg better than Prius v – is already helping attract new customers in key coastal markets that own import vehicles. One in four C-MAX Hybrids sold in October were sold in California, with Los Angeles as the best-selling region and San Francisco following in second.

Additionally, initial conquest data show that more than 70 percent of C-MAX Hybrid buyers traded in a competitive model or added it without trading in another vehicle. And one third of C-MAX Hybrid customers in October said they cross-shopped the Toyota Prius and Prius v.

"The C-MAX Hybrid is winning over customers with its best-in-class passenger room, smart technologies and leading fuel economy," says O'Donnell. "And its $25,995 price tag gives customers the value they are looking for without having to make the typical compromises that have defined most hybrids until now."

Customers are demonstrating that even in a hybrid vehicle, they are looking for "real car" features. More than 60 percent of sales of C-MAX Hybrid are the SEL model, which offers Intelligent Access with push-button start, rain-sensing wipers, heated seats, SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, ambient lighting and the Reverse Sensing System standard. Early sales of the SEL model are running about 20 percent higher than expected.

Ford's first production plug-in hybrid

C-MAX Energi – America's most fuel-efficient and affordable plug-in hybrid vehicle – is now available at Ford EV-certified dealers in half the states across the country. As Ford's first production plug-in hybrid, C-MAX Energi provides customers with an all-new electrified vehicle offering that delivers a class-leading 108 MPGe city EPA rating, "real car" horsepower of 195 (versus Prius plug-in's 134 horsepower) and a leading EV-only speed of 85 mph, 20 mph above the Prius plug-in.

According to a Pike Research report, Ford's electrified vehicle offerings will help the company join Toyota as leaders in electric vehicle sales by 2020. The report projects plug-in hybrid sales will reach nearly 48,000 units in 2012, and sell faster than the early days of conventional hybrids by later this decade.

Maximum power of choice

The all-new C-MAX Energi joins Ford's all-new electrified vehicle offerings, including the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, America's most fuel-efficient sedan, which is on sale now. The new Fusion will also give customers the power to choose across three powertrain options – gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid.

Press releases, videos, photos and other material related to Ford's electrified vehicles can be found here.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F),a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.


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      fefifofum
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah Strip-mining the Appalachia and fracking are American products indeed. I'd prefer if they weren't.
      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can see Ford and Toyota battling it out. Toyota is very established in the hybrid space and is now expanding in PHEV. Ford has huge plans to offer many Energi-branded PHEV models in the future. But what does GM have in the works? I know a Spark electric car is coming, but I have not read much else on them. Anyone know?
        dreadcthulhu01
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        GM has a plug-in Cadillac ELR on the way - basically a Volt Coupe with more luxury, and hopefully more power - http://www.cadillac.com/elr-electric-car.html . They also have a Volt based CUV in the works (tentatively named the Amp) and recently re-trademarked the Buick Electra name, which would be perfect for a plug-in Buick of some sort.
      Dave D
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry, forgot to post a link to my source: http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/index.cfm I pulled up the spreadsheet under Net Generation (section 1.1) and added columns for % of total under each type.
      Dave D
      • 2 Years Ago
      @fefifofum, CNG is much cleaner than coal and it has moved up while coal is moving down. I also find it horribly disturbing to watch WV tear the tops of the mountains over there...not sure how we can remotely justify that. But even as late as 2010, coal was 48% of our electricity mix and is down to 36% today while CNG has risen from 24% to 31%. Nukes are holding steady at ~20% and renewables have grown to 5%. Yes, it needs to get better, but when we're off oil, our excuses to get involved in the middle east go WAY down and thus our chance of war and need for homeland security. If we weren't in the middle east, then muslim extremist wouldn't give us a second thought...any more than they do Brazil. Just not part of their daily problems.
      hodad66
      • 2 Years Ago
      you go with what you have. We currently have electric. I know that my Volt has reduced my use of gasoline by 90%. My electric cost has increased by $10 per month. Coal & CNG are American products. While only reducing carbon slightly (with CNG) at least we will be reducing our reliance upon foreign oil. As soon as those hydrogen stacks are viable and an infrastructure is in place, that may be the next step.
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      48k plug-in next year? That's actually on the low side. Volt alone can hit 40k. Add 10k Cmax, 20k PIP and 10k Leaf, and you're at 80k. Next year is going to be very, very strong for US plug-ins. Just see. We'll easily hit 50k by end of summer.
      Harvey
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the reason EVs are a slow sell is because of the relatively low range. People are opting for hibrids just in case the batteries run out before they get where they are going. I also have serious doubts that an EV's cost to charge on your electric bill is about $10. I used my little buz box welder to build a small car port, ran the welder about 4 hrs. for 4 days and ended up with a $100 increase in my bill that mo. I understand that there is a big difference between the amperage a welder used and what a charger may use but I saw what they use at a dealership to recharge an EV and it looked pretty substantial (like a welder).
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Harvey
        The cost to charge depends on what you are paying for electricity and how often you charge your car. I got a Leaf a year ago and just added up my electric bill for the past year. My total electrical usage was up by 2% but my bill went DOWN by 15%. How is that possible? Time of use rates. I only charge at night when the electricity costs as little as 5 cents per kwh.
      Dave D
      • 2 Years Ago
      They are not taking into account a possible inflection point for range. I think that if the Leaf had a 150 mile range instead of a 73 mile range, you wouldn't see twice the demand, you'd see an order of magnitude more demand. By 2017 I expect to see a Leaf (or similar BEV) with >150 mile range and a price below $30K. When this happens, the number of people who can seriously consider it for a second car goes through the roof and people will be much more used to the idea of BEVs and the infrastructure will be more built out. At that point, we could easily see 100,000 BEVs per year in US alone. Nissan will easily hit 20,000 units in 2013 (calendar year) once they get the price down for the new model being produced in Tennessee. I would be shocked if they didn't sell 100,000 units total by 2016 in the US. I think the Volt sill surpass those numbers easily as they will be dropping the price and it feeds the needs of many more people in the short-medium term.
      John Lucas
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have no doubts that electric cars such as the Volt is the future. As an EE, I understand and know the the logistics of what I'm saying. Folks, don't fight it because it is really what we need to get us off oil.
        fefifofum
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Lucas
        Oh yeah, and I'm sure you are against drill baby drill, which I am as well, but that would be all american as well. Woo!!!
          raktmn
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fefifofum
          Not all of us are against drilling for oil. It is just that drilling for oil won't do any of the things that the drill-baby-drill fans claim it will do. Like end our dependence on foreign oil, or lower the price of gas to 2 dollars a gallon, or stop our massive trade deficits due to importing oil. But as long as there are millions of gas burning cars already driving around in the US, we can't stop drilling. The change has to come from eliminating how much gas is burned first, then drilling.
          fefifofum
          • 7 Months Ago
          @fefifofum
          I guess now it's not how CLEAN it is, but how we have no other choices..... Yeah, that's right, no other choices. There are always other choices. Always. As raktmn point out, solar panels on your house. That is cleaner. Obviously if people are running their EV off solar panels on their home, that's AMAZING, I give them full credit, thank you! Otherwise don't tell me how clean it is, until your fuel source meets clean air and water act, I don't want to hear your BS about clean. It's not even clean by out extremely lax standards.
          Joeviocoe
          • 7 Months Ago
          @fefifofum
          You're giving environmentalism a bad name. If we had infinite resource of money... sure, we could all have solar panels, batteries and ponies. But the first duty of any good environmentalist, is reality. To claim that we can ALL just switch over to zero-emission/no-impact energy sources....is just as naive as those claims that everyone should just bike everywhere. Our energy consumption levels are what they are. Sure, we can do with some conservation, but don't count on much. Furthermore, our type of consumption (mobile transport) prevent certain energy sources from being viable. Like it or not, reality does not lend credence to simplistic overtures such as you suggest.
          hodad66
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fefifofum
          all American but sold to an international market which does nothing, As to fracking... CNG was around long before that issue and it needs to be addressed badly. Again, you use what choices you have rather than complain while waiting for the pie in the sky.....
        fefifofum
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Lucas
        And on to what? Coal? Natural gas? We need some other type of energy before some huge roll out of electric cars.
      brotherkenny4
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since a 1% market share for EV and PHEVs would be huge, in that the battery companies and car companies would start to make money on the vehicles, it might be nice if most americans would just not pay attention. Ten percent of the population is smart and they buy a car every ten years or so, and so that's enough to support the industry. So it's not important what the general populous does or thinks. Indeed, their focus on it just allows for the staged lying that many other industries and our politicians do. With no ability to get the average Joe focused on the EVs, you would have little reason for the politicians to attack the EVs, other than because they work for the oil companies, but at least they wouldn't gain votes from their lies.
      brotherkenny4
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe bio-diesel from magic beans.
      fefifofum
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe once they contaminate a large city's water with fracking chemicals people will start to care, you'd think on autoblog GREEN we would be against it, but it looks like everyone is for it. I know they they are trying to frack near Colorado Springs, Co, so if that happens..... We'll I'm sure everyone will be all upset, too late, but upset. Hopefully it doesn't happen so everyone can continue to tell me how clean natural gas is. Sadly CNG has risen, it's a travesty people have to give up their clean water for energy. I'm all for clean energy, I'm against polluting my ground water to get it. Hopefully they will stop the fracking here, and do it where you live. Enjoy your "clean" coal, and CNG provided by fracking until someone intelligent gets in the white house and reinstates clean air and water act for those two practices. Oh yeah, that's right fracking violates clean air and water but W. Bush reworded it to allow for fracking and destroying the appalachian mountains.
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