National Drive Electric Week: September 15-21, 2014

National Drive Electric Week is next month.  Its purpose is to increase awareness of plug-in vehicles, including the Ford C-Max Energi.  If you own a C-Max Energi or are considering buying a plug-in vehicle, go to their website and look for events in your area.  I’m planning on attending the festivities in Huntington Beach California, one of the largest events in the country.  As of today, there are 91 owners of plug-in vehicles that have registered to attend the event in Huntington Beach.  Of the 91, just four owners of the Ford C-Max Energi (myself included) have registered.  I recommend going to the website to see if there is an event near you.  If there isn’t, it’s possible to sponsor one.

Will There Be a Fuel-Cell Drivetrain in the Ford C-Max?

Automotive News published an article today that could be just speculation, but it suggests the Ford C-Max would be a likely candidate for a fuel cell.  “… Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, has said the company will continue investing in the C-Max. It could get a freshening in 2016 and is due for a redesign for the 2018 model year. Ford, Daimler and Renault Nissan said last year that their fuel cell partnership could result in vehicles on sale as early as 2017. The C-Max would be a likely candidate for a Ford fuel cell vehicle.”  Interesting.  If you know of other references to a fuel cell being used in a future C-Max design, please post in the comments below.

Ford C-Max Hybrid Earns Top Safey Pick for 2014

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests vehicles to determine how well they protect occupants in a crash.  For 2014, the Ford C-Max Hybrid earned a Top Safety Pick award.  The details of the crash testing for the C-Max Hybrid are available at the IIHS website.  It received the top rating in the “Moderate overlap front”, “Side”, “Roof strength”, and “Head restraints/seats” categories.  It received the second best rating, acceptable, in the Small overlap front category.

Last year, the IIHS introduced a Top Safety Pick Plus award.  To qualify for the Plus award, the vehicle must be a TSP and have a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.  There were just a few vehicles, one being the 2014 Subaru Forester with optional equipment, that had top ratings in all five test categories and a superior rating for Front Crash Prevention.

The Prius V was not awarded a Top Safety Pick because the “Small overlap front” test   was poor, the worst of the possible ratings.  The Prius Lift-back received a Top Safety Pick Plus award.  An article published by the IIHS on small car testing is available on their website.