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Ford C-Max Energi Takes Aim at Prius Plug-In

Ford C-Max rated 95 MPGe, 20 miles on batteries

by on Jul.23, 2012

Ford hopes to topple Toyota's Prius Plug-In with the longer-range C-Max Energi.

Can Ford’s new “people-mover” topple the battery-powered king-of-the-hill?

The Toyota Prius routinely captures half of the hybrid market, and the Japanese maker has been gaining ground – despite the recent slide in U.S. fuel prices – by expanding the range of models wearing the Prius badge.  But Ford hopes to finally make some inroads against Toyota with the launch of its new C-Max, the U.S. maker’s first dedicated hybrid-only model line.

The C-Max Energi, in particular, may have a good shot at taking down the new Prius Plug-in by offering a mix of better mileage, longer battery-only range and a lower price tag than the Toyota model.

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According to the newly released, Ford expects to get a 95 MPGe Combined City/Highway rating from the EPA, and will average about 20 miles per charge.  While that’s significantly less than the battery-only range of the Chevrolet Volt it’s nearly twice the range of the very limited Prius Plug-In.


Global Lithium-Ion Auto Battery Sales Set to Grow 600% by 2015.

New study: Demand could hit $50 billion by decade’s end.

by on Sep.08, 2011

Demand for lithium-ion batteries - for vehicles like the upcoming Toyota RAV4-EV - is expected to jump 600% by 2015, and another 500+% by 2020.

A new study finds reason to be charged up about lithium-ion batteries.  It anticipates sales of the technology will grow by 600% between now and 2015 as more and more makers bring out hybrids, plug-ins and battery-electric vehicles.

The report, by the Roland Berger consultancy, anticipates sales could then surge from $9 billion to $50 billion worldwide by 2020.

The new study, meanwhile, anticipates that while a growing number of companies are getting into the automotive lithium-ion game, the market will be increasingly dominated by five companies, including American A123.

Until recently, automakers like Toyota – with its popular Prius – have relied on time-tested nickel-metal hydride batteries and that has meant that lithium suppliers were largely focused on consumer electronics markets, such as cellphones and laptop computers and, more recently, devices like the wildly popular Apple iPad.


But automakers are rapidly migrating to more advanced LIon systems in conventional hybrids – the first to market was the lithium-powered Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – to take advantage of more compact packaging, lighter weight and increased energy density.  The ramp-up of automotive demand will only accelerate as new plug-in hybrids, extended-range electric vehicles, and battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, go into production.