Plug-in hybrid and hybrid versions of Ford's new comapct MPV due in 2013
11 May 2010

Ford will launch hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of its new C-Max in 2013.

Both variants will be built at the firm’s Valencia plant in Spain, and the factory will also build the seven-seat C-Max for export to the North American market from 2011 as part of Ford’s global vehicle strategy.

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The investment in the Valencia plant for building the C-Max is more than $400 million (£270m), with around 10 per cent of this being invested in the construction of the hybrid variants.

The Spanish and Valencian governments have provided the highest grants from within the European Union to support the building of the C-Max.

The two C-Max variants confirmed today are part of the five hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles Ford will launch by 2013.

Next year will see an all-electric Transit Connect launched, while 2012 will see the launch of an electric version of the new Focus. A fifth alternatively fuelled vehicle will be launched at a later date.

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11 May 2010

'Next year will see an all-electric Transit Connect launched'

The great think about an all electric van is that there is plenty of room in the back for all the batteries you need to get a decent range. Sadly you wont get much else in.

11 May 2010

[quote artill]

'Next year will see an all-electric Transit Connect launched'

The great think about an all electric van is that there is plenty of room in the back for all the batteries you need to get a decent range. Sadly you wont get much else in.

[/quote] Small delivery vans like the Connect are ideal candidates for electrification. as there is usually a void under the cargo bay that would accommodate sufficient batteries to give them a reasonable range. Besides most are used for local journeys where range doesn't matter too much.

11 May 2010

[quote weenedonpetrol]Small delivery vans like the Connect are ideal candidates for electrification. as there is usually a void under the cargo bay that would accommodate sufficient batteries to give them a reasonable range. Besides most are used for local journeys where range doesn't matter too much.[/quote]

I was just amused at the thought of the poor delivery driver opening up the back of his van to find it packed to the roof with batteires

11 May 2010

[quote weenedonpetrol]

Small delivery vans like the Connect are ideal candidates for electrification. as there is usually a void under the cargo bay that would accommodate sufficient batteries to give them a reasonable range. Besides most are used for local journeys where range doesn't matter too much.[/quote]

Even electrified - I bet it still won't stop the majority of them driving like assholes though...

11 May 2010

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[quote weenedonpetrol]

Small delivery vans like the Connect are ideal candidates for electrification. as there is usually a void under the cargo bay that would accommodate sufficient batteries to give them a reasonable range. Besides most are used for local journeys where range doesn't matter too much.[/quote]

Even electrified - I bet it still won't stop the majority of them driving like assholes though...

[/quote] Probably not ;-}}}

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Ford B-Max

The Ford C-Max MPV is as much fun to drive as it is easy to live with, if you're more interested in storage than the driving dynamics you'll find in an SUV

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