Before 2015, the Ford C-MAX Energi was sold only in the U.S. and Canada. In February 2015, Ford starting selling the C-MAX Energi in the Netherlands. These are made in Michigan and slightly modified for the Dutch market. They are not produced with other European C-MAX vehicles in Germany. As far as I can tell, Ford doesn’t sell the C-MAX Energi in any other countries.
Ford announced they would sell the fuel-efficient C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid in China in 2016 at a company event in Shanghai Monday. The C-MAX was first sold in Europe in 2003. The current body style was sold in Europe in 2011 and the following year in North America with the introduction of the conventional hybrid and Energi. This year, Ford began sales of the Energi in the Netherlands by exporting the car from the U.S. Maybe InsideEVs will finally stop their monthly prediction of the dismiss of the Ford C-Max Energi (“It still would not surprise us to see the C-MAX Energi live only as long as it takes to introduce a Focus Energi”) despite stable sales with the drop in fuel prices (“The plug-in C-MAX Has turned into a very steady and predictable performer for Ford”). It appears as though Ford is committed to the C-MAX, even though many were predicting its dismiss in 2018 when Ford said it would move production to another plant.
Ford announced at the event it will invest 1.8 billion U.S. dollars over the next five years in China.
Plug-in vehicles are rather rare throughout the world. InsideEVs tracks U.S. sales and a blog tracks worldwide sales. It’s interesting that in the U.S., Ford often is often only second to Tesla for plug-in vehicle sales. The pie chart below shows the sales for the year-to-date U.S. through September 2015.
With a worldwide perspective, Ford doesn’t sell many plug-in vehicles outside the U.S. Ford has dropped from 5th place to 8th place for worldwide plug-in vehicle sales this year over last. BYD and Mitsubishi are selling significant numbers of plug-in vehicles outside the U.S. where they are both virtually unknown in the U.S. After discovering that Mitsubishi may finally ship their popular Outlander PHEV in the U.S. in 2016, I recently visited a Mitsubishi dealer in southern California. The salesman and sales manager said they didn’t even know Mitsubishi had a plug-in Outlander let alone that it might be available in the U.S. next year, and this is in California, the EV capitol of the U.S.