Ford C-MAX Hy­brid, En­ergi fea­ture power-split tech­nol­ogy for speed

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Ford’s C-MAX Hy­brid and C-MAX En­ergi plug-in hy­brid line con­tin­ues to ex­cite for 2016.

Both C-MAX Hy­brid and C-MAX En­ergi fea­ture Ford’s ac­claimed next-gen­er­a­tion power-split tech­nol­ogy that en­ables op­er­a­tion in elec­tric mode at higher speeds than any other hy­brid. Two new col­ors are of­fered for 2016: Shadow Black and Kona Blue.

With 20 years of Ford re­search be­hind the devel­op­ment of these hy­brids, the C-MAX line of­fers im­pres­sive han­dling per­for­mance. C-MAX hy­brids were Ford’s first ded­i­cated hy­brid ve­hi­cles for North Amer­ica.

“With C-MAX, you get road-hold­ing ca­pa­bil­ity, sporti­ness and per­for­mance, in ad­di­tion to great ver­sa­til­ity, great fea­tures and great tech­nol­ogy in a pack­age de­signed

to ex­ceed cus­tomer ex­pec­ta­tions,” said John Davis, C-MAX chief name­plate en­gi­neer.

C-MAX hy­brids are built at Ford’s Michi­gan Assem­bly Plant in Wayne, Mich., with pro­duc­tion pow­ered in part by one of the largest so­lar en­ergy gen­er­a­tor sys­tems in the state.


Stan­dard for the C-MAX line is the com­pany’s in­no­va­tive hands-free lift­gate that al­lows quick and easy ac­cess to the cargo area with­out ever need­ing to fum­ble for keys. A gen­tle kick­ing mo­tion un­der the rear bumper opens the lift­gate when used in com­bi­na­tion with a key fob. The same mo­tion can be used to close the lift­gate.

C-MAX also fea­tures SYNC 3. Ford’s new com­mu­ni­ca­tions and en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem is en­hanced with faster per­for­mance, more con­ver­sa­tional voice recog­ni­tion, a more in­tu­itive smart­phone-like touch screen and eas­ier-to-un­der­stand graph­i­cal in­ter­face.

The stan­dard fea­ture of­fers mul­ti­ple ways for own­ers to man­age and con­trol their phone, nav­i­ga­tion, en­ter­tain­ment and cli­mate func­tions through voice com­mands, steer­ing wheel con­trols, touch screens, but­tons or knobs. In C-MAX En­ergi, the sys­tem of­fers bat­tery charge and charge point dis­tance in­for­ma­tion as well.

C-MAX comes equipped with SmartGauge with EcoGuide — an in­for­ma­tion sys­tem al­low­ing driv­ers to see fuel econ­omy read­ings on the in­stru­ment pan- el. The tech­nol­ogy en­ables mo­torists to mon­i­tor their driv­ing be­hav­ior to bet­ter un­der­stand how it af­fects ve­hi­cle ef­fi­ciency.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the Brake Coach fea­ture helps driv­ers choose good brak­ing tech­niques to fully op­ti­mize the re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing sys­tem of the ve­hi­cle. Im­agery of green leaves gives the driver in­for­ma­tion about over­all driv­ing ef­fi­ciency.

MyFord Mo­bile — a smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tion that al­lows users to mon­i­tor charg­ing, find charge sta­tions, re­ceive alerts, plan trips and do more from their smart­phones or com­put­ers — is also avail­able for C-MAX En­ergi.

More tech­nol­ogy fea­tures avail­able for C-MAX in­clude ac­tive park as­sist, push-but­ton start, AM/FM/CD/ MP3 Sony Au­dio, HD Ra­dio and voice-ac­ti­vated nav­i­ga­tion.


C-MAX Hy­brid and C-MAX En­ergi of­fer cus­tomers plenty of in­te­rior ver­sa­til­ity and flex­i­bil­ity, along with the ur­ban ma­neu­ver­abil­ity of a smaller ve­hi­cle.

The high-roof de­sign pro­vides an over­all height of 64 inches. C-MAX boasts higher, com­mand-style seat­ing for five that in­cludes a split, fold-flat sec­ond row.

C-MAX Hy­brid pro­vides 52.6 cu­bic feet of space be­hind the first row and 24.5 cu­bic feet be­hind the sec­ond row. C-MAX En­ergi of­fers 42.8 cu­bic feet be­hind the first row and 19.2 cu­bic feet be­hind the sec­ond row.

Qual­ity and in­ge­nu­ity

Ford C-MAX ve­hi­cles in­cor­po­rate soft­ware and hard­ware tech­nol­ogy that has been evolv­ing for nearly two decades. The line ben­e­fits from anal­y­sis of more than 500,000 miles of in­for­ma­tion col­lected from the Ford Es­cape plug-in hy­brid test fleet. That data helped en­gi­neers un­der­stand how plug-in hy­brid ve­hi­cles are driven and charged, as well as how parts per­form un­der nu­mer­ous con­di­tions.

“The re­sult is a stun­ningly ef­fi­cient sys­tem that has been en­tirely de­vel­oped by Ford in-house,” said Sherif Marakby, di­rec­tor, Ford Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion Pro­grams and En­gi­neer­ing. “That’s cru­cial, be­cause it al­lows for devel­op­ment of one highly ef­fi­cient sys­tem as op­posed to in­te­grat­ing pieces of soft­ware and hard­ware made by dif­fer­ent par­ties with the hope it will not only func­tion prop­erly, but ef­fi­ciently.”

Both C-MAX ve­hi­cles get their power through the com­bi­na­tion of a gaso­line en­gine and a bat­tery-driven elec­tric mo­tor. When pow­ered by gaso­line, C-MAX Hy­brid and C-MAX En­ergi use the new 2.0-liter Atkin­son-cy­cle four-cylin­der — a pow­er­ful, ef­fi­cient en­gine and among the most ad­vanced non-tur­bocharged four-cylin­der pow­er­trains Ford has ever of­fered.

The elec­tric mo­tors of the C-MAX hy­brids are pow­ered by ad­vanced lithium-ion bat­tery sys­tems de­signed to max­i­mize use of com­mon, high-qual­ity com­po­nents, such as the con­trol board hard­ware that has proven field per­for­mance.

Lithium-ion bat­tery packs are more ef­fi­cient than the nickel-metal-hy­dride bat­ter­ies used in first-gen­er­a­tion hy­brid ve­hi­cles. They are 25 per­cent to 30 per­cent smaller, and 50 per­cent lighter.

With C-MAX Hy­brid, the lithium-ion bat­tery pack is recharged when the gaso­line en­gine is in op­er­a­tion. Fur­ther, the re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing sys­tem re­cap­tures more than 95 per­cent of the brak­ing en­ergy that would oth­er­wise be lost, and is able to use that power to help charge the bat­tery. C-MAX Hy­brid re­quires no plug-in charg­ing.

C-MAX En­ergi can be charged by con­nect­ing the ve­hi­cle’s ex­ter­nal charge port to ei­ther a stan­dard 120-volt out­let or an avail­able 240-volt charg­ing sta­tion.

Ford’s next-gen­er­a­tion power-split ar­chi­tec­ture al­lows the elec­tric mo­tor and gaso­line-pow­ered en­gine to work to­gether or sep­a­rately to max­i­mize ef­fi­ciency. The en­gine can op­er­ate inde- pen­dent of ve­hi­cle speed, charg­ing the bat­ter­ies or pro­vid­ing power to the wheels as needed. The mo­tor alone can pro­vide suf­fi­cient power to the wheels in low-speed, low-load con­di­tions, and works with the en­gine at higher speeds.

Driver-as­sist tech­nol­ogy

C-MAX hy­brids of­fer driver-as­sist tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing 911 As­sist, which al­lows a cus­tomer to di­rectly con­nect hands-free with a lo­cal 911 op­er­a­tor should an ac­ci­dent oc­cur in which an airbag de­ploys.

Stan­dard MyKey tech­nol­ogy al­lows par­ents to choose from mul­ti­ple top speed lim­its and to block ex­plicit satel­lite ra­dio pro­gram­ing. MyKey is­sues a per­sis­tent au­di­ble warn­ing if front oc­cu­pants do not buckle safety belts. The C-MAX line pro­vides seven airbags through­out.

Other stan­dard driver-as­sist tech­nolo­gies in­clude Curve Con­trol that is de­signed to slow the ve­hi­cle when it’s cor­ner­ing too fast, and Torque Vec­tor­ing Con­trol to help ac­cel­er­ate through a turn when nec­es­sary. Also stan­dard for the C-MAX line are Ad­vanceTrac with Roll Sta­bil­ity Con­trol and elec­tric power-as­sisted steer­ing.

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