Ford C-Max hybrids using innovation to raise fuel economy while driving down costs

The plug-in-vehicle market will get more crowded this fall with the introduction of Ford's C-MAX Energi. Not only more crowded, but also more competitive since Ford has priced the car to sell at $29,995 after a $3,750 federal tax credit, making it the lowest-priced plug-in hybrid in America.

The Energi will be assembled in Ford's facility in Wayne, already the home of the electric Focus, and alongside the automaker's C-MAX Hybrid, which just last week received an EPA certification of 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined (beating the Toyota Prius v by up to 7 mpg).

The vehicles symbolize how "Ford has transformed into a fuel-economy and technology leader," Ford vice president of powertrain engineering Joe Bakaj said in a company press release.

"We've done this with innovation - represented by nearly 500 hybrid patents - while driving costs down 30 percent so we can bring these fuel-saving vehicles to more customers."

Here at the Built by Michigan headquarters, we're excited about Ford's success for three very good reasons.

  • First, the cars will be built in Michigan.
  • Second, transmissions for the vehicles will be assembled at Ford's Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, which is adding a new line and more than 200 workers to put together the only front-wheel -drive hybrid transmission to be made in North America.
  • And third, the vehicle's lithium-ion batteries will be assembled in a third Michigan plant rather than the existing supplier in Mexico.

Read more at The Detroit News.