85 mph in_EV from a_PSD? WTH!
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Aug. 8, 2012
Ford C-MAX Energi $33.7 K to start and a 20 miles AER and what we can assume is now close to its 47/47/47 mpgUS city/highway/combined rating of the hybrid released this morning as well?
What are the differences between an extended range EV EREV and a Plug-in PHEV? Ford is blurring the lines here with its release detailing the upcoming C-MAX Energi PHEVs top electric-only speed of 85 mph.
The all-new C-MAX Energi also arrives with three EV modes.
The EV mode button mounted in the center stack allows a driver to switch vehicle operation between three modes.
Drivers can opt for BEV driving without the gasoline engine with an appropriate SoC, normal hybrid mode where the powertrain melds electric and gasoline engine power as appropriate, or a battery-saving mode that reserves the pack power for later use.
When sufficient SoC is available, drivers can change modes with each press of the EV mode button. The mode currently selected is displayed in the drivers left instrument cluster screen.
It is small but oh so handy
In EV - Auto mode, the vehicle consumes the packs stored charge. When the charge is depleted, C-MAX Energi operates as a full hybrid.
In EV - Now mode, the vehicle operates as a BEV and according to the PR, the ICE will not fire unless an override setting is selected or certain conditions are present such as the accelerator pedal being fully depressed and the driver enables the gas engine with a special Manage EV screen shown within the SmartGauge with EcoGuide displays. And yes it is still dependant on SoC.
In EV- Later mode, you can save the packs stored energy for later use as in transitioning from highway to lower-speed residential neighborhood use.
When all is said and done, the stored charge is reserved until the driver switches to the EV - Now or EV - Auto.
The all-new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid begins arriving this fall at EV Certified Ford dealers in 19 markets, followed by nationwide rollout in all 50 states in early 2013.
Yeah this could be good unless it is priced like the Focus Electric. Then we have a problem.