A little anyway
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Feb. 3, 2011
2012 Ford C-MAX Energi PHEV MPV – With more than 500 miles of driving range using both the charge depletion and charge sustaining modes, much better charge-sustaining fuel economy, far more room and utility than the Chevrolet Volt, this is going to be a humdinger of a vehicle.
While the C-MAX Energi PHEV price is unknown, Volt owners should prep for a resale calamity from their smallish 4-passenger PHEV on the day the C-MAX PHEV is released.
The “[i]interesting looking[/b]” "Living Electric" display at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) was not just an opportunity for visitors to ride in an electric vehicle but it was supposedly used for Ford ‘s electrification engineering team to tweak the future production model to make it a better vehicle.
At the Ford stand, more than 10,000 NAIAS show goers took the 208’ ride in the upcoming 2012 Ford Focus BEV prototype on an elevated track. Hands-on technology displays, digital tutorials and conversations with experts also helped people learn how different types of electrified vehicles will fit various lifestyles.
An onboard data acquisition system was connected to the car computer, where “critical
” information of what was happening while the vehicle was running or charging could be transmitted. Ford engineers were then able to go online and pull up data via a website to monitor information about the vehicle, while customers were riding in it.
The question that has to be asked is what possible conclusions could have remotely been deduced from the BEV’s onboard telematics while driving around a 208’ track at slower speeds and in the perfect environment?
Regardless of test data, the 2012 Ford Focus BEV is going to be the cat’s meow
The new Ford Charging Station is the Focus BEV’s Claim to Fame
The 2012 Ford Focus BEV is Ford’s first battery powered vehicle based on the soon to be released 2012 Focus. Designed with at least 70-miles of all-electric range (AER) per the EPA and easily over 100 for many customers in the real world, it should provide its owners enough range to cover the majority of their daily drive while not consuming a drop of foreign oil. A full recharge is expected to take about half the time of Nissan’s new 2011 LEAF with the Ford 6.6kW charger allowing a 3 to 4 four hour charge time from the dedicated 240-volt charge station.
2012 Focus Technology Inside
Along with an all-electric drivetrain, the new Focus BEV will incorporate the many new technologies that the regular Ford Focus will be equipped with. Namely, a unique version of the MyFord Touch driver connect system with some very unique electric vehicle apps for battery, range and charging station locations from a Microsoft created Smartphone app called MyFord Mobile.
Ford’s Near Term Electrification Future
While we have extensively covered the 2012 Ford Focus from the global drivetrain offerings to the various amenities, it’s the electrification part that sets the Focus BEV, current 2011 Ford Transit Connect BEV and both the upcoming 2012 Ford Focus C-MAX Hybrid using a second next-gen Li-Ion battery and the 2012 Ford Focus C-MAX Energi PHEV in 2012. All four are Ford’s answer to an future of limited and higher price liquid fuel supplies to keep the world mobile and doing so with emissions that are but a fraction of what even the cleanest car emits today.
The three new Focus models (Focus BEV, C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX PHEV) leverage Ford's global C-car platform and will be built alongside the all-new Ford Focus at the company's Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, giving consumers more than one choice to fit both their needs and lifestyle.