Green Car Journal has named Ford’s C-MAX Energi its 2012 Green Car Vision Award™ winner at the Washington Auto Show. The highly-efficient plug-in model, which is expected to come to market in late 2012, is built on the same global C-car platform as the Ford Focus and other Ford models to come. This distinguishes Ford as the first back-to-back winner of the Green Car Vision Award. The Ford Focus Electric won the honors last year.
The C-MAX Energi rose to the top in a field of five exceptional visionary vehicles that also included the BMW i3, Cadillac ELR, Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell, and Tesla Model S. All are electric drive, but energized in different ways through hydrogen fuel cell, battery electric, extended range electric, and plug-in hybrid power.
Ford’s first-ever plug-in hybrid vehicle, the C-MAX Energi uses the automaker’s powersplit hybrid architecture and advanced lithium-ion batteries to deliver high efficiency and a driving range greater than 500 miles. As a multi-activity vehicle, the C-MAX-Energi is designed to be family friendly with seating for five along with versatile storage. Its ability to run solely on electric power, hybrid gasoline-electric power, or on gasoline internal combustion power optimizes the driving experience while ensuring the kind of environmental performance that’s crucial to our driving future.
The C-MAX Energi is designed from the ground-up to accept both internal combustion and alternative powerplants. This is an extremely important strategy, since engineering in everything from the same ride-and-handling characteristics to crashworthiness performance allows straightforward use of a common platform for a wide range of uses, buyers, and worldwide markets at manageable cost. Even the same mounting points are integrated for varying powerplants in this global C-car platform used by the C-MAX Energi.
To be considered for the Green Car Vision Award™, vehicles must be on their way toward commercialization but not yet on sale, in small volume production with more than one functional prototype in existence, or operating as part of a demonstration fleet.
The award was presented to Ford at a press conference held during the Washington Auto Show in Washington, DC, an event especially important due to its location in the nation’s capital and attendance by influential legislators and regulators. Produced by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association, the show also features a special 65,000-square foot Advanced Technology SuperHighway exhibit that showcases advanced and alternative vehicles.