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Ford Planning C-Max Hybrid

Maker will offer 5 hybrids in Europe by 2013.

by on May.10, 2010

Ford will add two hybrid versions of the C-Max people mover, shown here at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

Ford will launch a hybrid version of its C-Max people mover in 2013, making it the first of five hybrids the automaker plans to offer in Europe.

Two separate battery-based versions of the C-Max will be offered: a full hybrid, capable of running for just brief distances on electric power alone, and a plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle, or PHEV, that will be able to make longer runs on battery power.

The $410 million project will be based at Ford’s Valencia plant, and is getting off the ground with the assistance of grants from both the Spanish government and Valencia regional authorities.

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The C-Max is being updated for the 2011 model-year and will be offered in five and seven-seat versions – though the hybrids will use only the smaller configuration.  Along with the two electric drivelines, Ford offers the people mover with several gasoline and diesel powertrains, as well.