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Ford Offering Free Charging for C-Max Energi

Maker follows footsteps of Nissan, Tesla with no-cost offer.

by on Nov.17, 2015

Ford is offering free charging to some 2016 C-Max Energi owners or lessees.

With gas prices low and sales of fuel-efficient hybrids equally low, Ford is hoping to spur sales of its C-Max Energi hybrid by following the lead of other automakers with free charging.

Nissan offered free charging to Leaf owners in selected states in an attempt to boost sales of the compact, and all Teslas have free access to any of the company’s thousands of supercharging stations across the country.

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Now Ford is partnering with EVgo for “EV 1-2-3 Charge” for unlimited access to charging stations in four-hour blocks. EVgo has more than 500 stations across the U.S. (more…)

Ford Insists Focus Electric is on Schedule

Denies reports of delays but confirms slow roll-out.

by on Aug.09, 2011

Not late, says Ford of the new Focus Electric, just getting a very slow production ramp-up.

While most potential buyers won’t be able to plug in a new Focus Electric until sometime next spring – at the earliest — Ford Motor Co. officials insist that earlier reports of a delay in the battery car program are in err.

Plans for Ford’s first electrified passenger car have always called for a slow roll-out, with only a select number of dealers in California and New York likely to take delivery of the Focus Electric before the end of 2011.

Reports of a delay – which appeared in a number of media outlets, including – were triggered by comments made by David Finnegan, Ford’s marketing chief for battery vehicles, on the company website  In it, the executive indicated that the rest of the 19 launch markets won’t see the Focus Electric until next spring. That echoed the wording in a new teaser ad campaign for the battery car.

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“Ford remains on schedule to deliver the initial Focus Electrics by the end of the year,” said a statement by the maker which noted that only California and New York will initially receive the vehicle.  “We will be rolling out to the remainder of the initial Focus Electric markets starting with production ramp up in spring 2012.”


Ford Opts for Hybrid-Only Strategy for New C-Max

Planned people mover will be launched with hybrid and plug-in powertrains only.

by on Jun.09, 2011

Ford will offer the C-Max with only a choice of two hybrid drivelines, including the extended-range C-Max Energi plug-in.

This story has been updated from the original to include more detail and official Ford comments on the C-Max project. Editor Joe Szczesny contributed to this report.

Ford Motor Co. planners have shifted direction for the upcoming launch of the all-new C-Max microvan.  The new people mover will be sold only as a hybrid model, becoming the first dedicated gas-electric offering in the Ford line-up.

While Ford has decided to scrub a gas-powered, three-row version of the C-Max, the 2-row 5-seater will give U.S. buyers a choice of two battery-based drivetrains: a conventional hybrid, similar to the system now used in models such as the Ford Escape Hybrid, and a new plug-in version, the first time Ford has used that technology, which will allow a motorist to run extended distances on battery power alone.

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“This is our Prius fighter,” said Jim Farley, Ford vice president of global marketing, sales and service, said Thursday as he showed off  the hybrid version of the C-Max multi-purpose vehicle during a press conference at a Ford transmission plant outside Detroit.

There are several reasons for the change in strategy.  For one thing, Farley had argued that the maker needs a true high-tech halo car, much like the Toyota Prius, that is offered solely with hybrid technology.  Though Ford has greatly expanded its gas-electric line-up – and plans to have five battery-electric or plug-in models on the market before mid-decade – it doesn’t have a visually distinctive model that effectively says “hybrid.”