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

Who says being first to the party is all that and a bag of chips? Ford has announced a new deal where GE will buy 2,000 C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrids, which is cool, but it's not the only batch of plug-ins that GE is interested in. The company previously made deals with both Nissan and GM.

GE has said it will move half of its global fleet to alternative power (hence the multi-automaker deals) and aside from more sales, Ford can now claim this is its "largest-ever plug-in electrified vehicle fleet sale." Ford will also give GE vehicles to use at its Vehicle Innovation Center and will promote two of GE's alt-fuel products: the Wattstation and CNG in a Box. A third partner, the Georgia Institute of Technology, will help track how users drive and charge the C-Max Energi PHEVs, using the MyFord app, to improve "all-electric driving and charging performance."

Overall, GE is now at over 5,000 alt fuel vehicles, out of a planned 25,000. So, in other words, expect more big announcements at some point.
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GE to Purchase 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrids; Companies Collaborate with Georgia Tech to Accelerate Alternative Fuel Vehicle Adoption and Research
  • GE will purchase 2,000 C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids – Ford's largest-ever plug-in electrified vehicle fleet sale – as part of GE's commitment to convert half of its global fleet to alternative fuel vehicles
  • C-MAX Energi is America's most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid with a 108 MPGe city EPA rating and a 620-mile single-tank range that will benefit GE's sales and service professionals – many who drive more mileage daily than average commuters
  • Ford will promote GE's WattStation™ charging station and CNG in a Box™ natural gas fueling station with its commercial buyers. Ford will also supply new alternative fuel vehicles for use at GE's Vehicle Innovation Center
  • Georgia Institute of Technology researchers to study GE employee driving and charging habits through innovative MyFord® Mobile app to help optimize all-electric driving
DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 20, 2012 – Ford Motor Company today announces a collaboration with GE (NYSE: GE), in which the company will purchase 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids for its fleet – Ford's largest-ever plug-in electrified vehicle fleet sale. Ford will also jointly market GE's alternative fuel infrastructure solutions.

For GE, the purchase of 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi vehicles is another step in the company's initiative to convert half of its global fleet to alternative fuel vehicles as part of its commitment to ecomagination. The addition of the Ford vehicles brings the number of alternative fuel vehicles in GE's fleet to more than 5,000 in its goal of 25,000 vehicles.

"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."

Mark Vachon, vice president of ecomagination at GE, says, "At GE, we are focused on providing our customers and our fleet with more economically and environmentally efficient vehicles. The Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid is a great addition to our expanding fleet of alternative fuel vehicles."

The two companies will also work with researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology to study GE employee driving and charging habits, with the goal of improving all-electric driving and charging performance. Researchers will use Ford's MyFord® Mobile app – with real-time battery charge status and value charging that automatically recharges at lower-cost, off-peak electricity rates.

"Understanding driving and charging habits is key to advancing vehicle and charging infrastructure," says Professor Bert Bras of the Sustainable Design & Manufacturing laboratory at Georgia Tech. "Through access to vehicle data, we can accelerate research and development of new technologies to further improve efficiency, driver satisfaction and environmental benefits."

Study findings will be shared with commercial customers to provide insights and help facilitate deployment of electric vehicles in their own fleets amid a growing electric vehicle infrastructure that now includes more than 10,000 public charging stations across the country.

Ecomagination is GE's commitment to providing innovative solutions that maximize resources, drive economic performance and help make the world work better.

Max efficiency
With many Americans facing record gasoline prices, Ford is committed to deliver eight vehicles by year-end that deliver 40 mpg or more.

The all-new Ford C-MAX Energi is America's most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid with an EPA- estimated 108 miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating and 100 MPGe combined rating. C-MAX Energi is expected to be America's most affordable plug-in hybrid with a starting price of $29,995, after federal tax credit and including destination and delivery costs.

The C-MAX Energi joins the C-MAX Hybrid as part of Ford's first hybrid-only dedicated line of vehicles. C-MAX Hybrid, available in dealerships this fall, is America's most fuel-efficient hybrid utility vehicle with EPA ratings of 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined.

The C-MAX hybrids are on sale now and part of Ford's strategy to deliver the power of choice for leading fuel economy across the lineup that includes six electrified vehicles. The other EVs are:
  • Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid expected to achieve at least 100 MPGe to become the world's most fuel-efficient sedan
  • Fusion Hybrid at 47 mpg city, highway and combined is America's most fuel-efficient, non-rechargeable sedan
  • Focus Electric at 105 MPGe combined is America's most fuel-efficient five-seat car
  • Lincoln MKZ Hybrid coming later this year and expected to remain the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America
More information about C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi can be found here.

Fueling infrastructure
Ford will promote GE's WattStation™ charging station and CNG in a Box™ natural gas fueling station with its commercial customers. GE's WattStation is an easy-to-use electric vehicle charger that significantly decreases the time needed for vehicle charging. The WattStation uses smart grid technology and comes with an app that helps customers more easily locate vehicle electricity sources. GE's ecomagination qualified CNG in a Box is a fully integrated CNG fueling supply system offering cost-effective plug-and-play simplicity for fleet and retail fueling stations seeking to offer CNG fuel.

Ford also will supply new alternative fuel vehicles for use at GE's Vehicle Innovation Center at the headquarters of GE's fleet management business in Eden Prairie, Minn. The Vehicle Innovation Center gives GE's commercial customers the opportunity to learn about and test-drive alternative fuel cars and trucks from a variety of manufacturers in a single location with assistance from GE's fleet, transportation, energy and advanced technology experts. Ford already has placed its pure electric Focus at the center.

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, 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.

About GE
GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com.

About Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities, the Institute enrolls 21,000 students within its six colleges. Georgia Tech is the nation's leading producer of engineers as well as a leading producer of female and minority engineering Ph.D. graduates. Holding more than 780 patents and receiving approximately $570 million in sponsored awards, Georgia Tech ranks among the nation's top ten universities (without a medical school) in research expenditures. Visit www.gatech.edu for more information.


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      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      What happened to GE buying 10,000 GM Volts? Did they bail on that plan?
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        12,000! But I guess they didn't buy them all at once? Or maybe they changed their minds.
          SVX pearlie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          The Volt was/is a 1st gen car. GE was competing with people who literally wanted be the first on their block to have a PHEV. The Cmax launches roughly 2 years later, and the novelty has worn off somewhat following the Volt, Leaf, MIEV, FFE, PIP, Coda, and various CARB-compliance specials. If someone really needed to be first, they would have bought by now.
          raktmn
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          There was outrage that GE would grab up too many Volts and take too many of the $7,500 tax incentives. There are only 200,000 Volts that can be sold to consumers before the $7,500 tax incentive starts to sunset, and the complaint was that GE was going to take Volts with the tax incentive out of the hands of regular consumers. GE bowed to the pressure and said they would delay and spread their purchases over a number of years. This was way back when there were something like 60,000 names on the gm-volt.com wait list, and people on the list were competing to get limited early production Volts in limited markets. Even paying 5K or more over MSRP. Back then the feeling was that GE would be taking cars away from people on the wait list, and that sparked outrage that GE had to bow to. How the world has changed. Ford c-max fans don't seem to have developed the same perspective. Nobody is outraged that GE may snipe their c-max out from under them.
          marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          @ Rotation, GE are still on track to buy 12,000 GM Volts. But GE buy vehicles on a fleet plan, which gradually phases in new vehicles as replacements for vehicles which become redundant.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        GE is still going strong on their order for 12,000 Volts: http://www.torquenews.com/1083/ge-will-buy-2000-ford-c-max-vehicles-and-ford-will-promote-ges-alternative-fueling-stations With the Ford order that puts them about half way on their target of 25,000 alternative fuel vehicles.
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not unexpected. I wonder what GE's breakout is by OEM and models, and which ones will see increased allocations based on GE's experience.
      raktmn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Has anyone in the automotive press done a side-to-side comparison test between the c-max and the Volt? It seems like a no-brainer for a good story. Maybe throw a PHEV Prius in for fun.
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @raktmn
        I think the auto press first needs to get both cars in their hands at the same time, tho I'm sure Ford has at least 1 Volt in their hands and could have done a press event. The fact that we haven't (yet) seen one by Ford at their track suggests that the Volt to be dynamically superior in some way that more-or-less justifies the price premium. All in good time - you just need a little patience.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @raktmn
        A Volt and C-Max? Are they really in the same class? The volt has a totally different drivetrain, and is more expensive. Almost like Porsche vs. Corvette. I might want the Porsche, but my wallet would say Corvette. With the exception of some storage space, the Volt is the only car of its kind.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope Ford has a good idea of the market demand for this vehicle. Hopefully there aren't $10,000 dealer mark-ups because they have 2 cars and 100 people wanting it.
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        I'm sure this is going to sell *far* better than the FFE. But $10k markups? I sure hope not!