The Ford C-Max and Alternative Electrified Vehicles

As I’ve researched the Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi, I’ve kept track of news and reviews of alternative electrified vehicles.  I’ve listed below some of the more interesting reviews and articles to me on electrified vehicles including power split hybrids like the Prius, extended range electrics like the Volt, and full electric vehicles like the Tesla and Leaf.  This list is not intended to be comprehensive though.  I’ll keep updating this page along with the separate page of reviews for the C-Max.

Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron

Autoblog, Audi A3 E-Tron is a look at battery-operated things to come, March 5, 2013

Edmunds, 2014 Audi A3 E-tron Plug-in Hybrid Debuts, February 21, 2013

BMW i3, 2014 BMW i3 First Drive, October 24, 2013, BMWs i3 – The Designs Deep Dive

Electric Vehicle News, BMW i3 to be range extended by 2 cal motorcycle engine, BMW i3 Electric Car: Motorcycle Engine Range-Extender For 250 Mile Range

Chevrolet Volt, 2013 Chevrolet Volt Review, New “Chevrolet Volt Driver Challenge” Owner App Lets Drivers Find out How Efficient they REALLY Are

CNET, GM extends EV drivability with apps

Forbes, 2013 Chevrolet Volt – Not Quite Electrifying, GM Working On Software Update To Improve iPhone 5 Bluetooth Connectivity

The Street, Think GM’s Volt Is Failing? Think Again

The Street, Chevrolet Volt 2.0: What to Expect

Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Car Connection, 2013 Ford Fusion: The Car Connection’s Best Car To Buy 2013 Video and Text

CNET, 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Ford puts its best tech forward in this mid-size sedan, February 27, 2013

Detroit Free Press, 2013 Ford Fusion named Green Car of the Year, Ford Fusion Named 2013 Best Redesigned Vehicle By Kelley Blue Book’s, 2013 Ford Fusion Review – Because sexy sells Video and Text

Car and Driver, 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, You Belong to the City: Detroit makes a hybrid with real-car refinement and style., Ford Fusion: Green Car of the Year Video

CultureMap Dallas, Smart Energy Car of the Year: Ford Fusion Hybrid is the most fun and best-looking hybrid on the road

The Detroit News, Ford Fusion Hybrid rolls with Aston Martin grille, 47 mpg

Edmunds Inside Line, 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE Full Test Video

Jay Leno’s Garage, Ford ’12 Focus Electric and ’13 Fusion Hybrid Video

The New York Times, 2013 Ford Fusion, A Winning Ticket of Style and Handling

The New York Times, 2013 Ford Fusion, A Hybrid Done Right, but Not Without Glitches

PureGreenCars, 2013 Ford Fusion Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

Yahoo Finance, Ford has prettiest, affordable hybrid car, 2013 Fusion Hybrid rated at 47 miles per gallon

Honda Accord

AutoBlog, 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, The Accord Gets Friendly With A Volt-esque Powertrain, 2014 Honda Accord PHEV, Honda Unveils New Hybrid Powertrains

Lincoln MKZ

Edmunds, 2013 Lincoln MKZ Sedan; This Car Won’t Save Lincoln

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Automobile 2.0: The Highly Efficient/Eco-Friendly Plug-in Outlander PHEV

Autoblog, 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander unveiled with new look, standard seating for seven, November 29, 2012

AutoblogGreen, Mitsubishi sets Outlander PHEV debut for January 24 in Japan, December 27, 2012

Inside-Outlander, This is a website devoted to the Outlander.  There is a lot of useful information for those interested in this PHEV SUV.  Sales in Japan have started now.  Orders in the Netherlands are substantial because of a substantial government tax advantage for it in 2013.

Nissan Hi-Cross Concept SUV, Hybrid Hi-Cross Concept Hints At Future Nissan SUV

Nissan Leaf SL

2012 Nissan Leaf SL

Nissan Leaf, 2013 Nissan Leaf Getting Longer Range, Lower Price Tag

CNET, 2012 Nissan Leaf SL review:Nissan builds an electric car for the rest of us

GreenCarReports, 2011 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Update: 25,000 Miles, No Woes

GreenCarReports, 2013 Nissan Leaf Electric Car Revealed In Japanese Trim

GreenCarReports, Nissan Leaf Electric Car: Ultimate Guide, What You Need To Know

The First Nissan Leaf Delivered in Utah, March 28, 2012 to a Very Satisfied Owner in Ivins.  His web site has quite a bit of information on the Leaf and his experience with it near St. George Utah.

Nissan Resonance Concept, Nissan Resonance Concept gives glimpse of next Murano – This isn’t an electrified vehicle but it looks interesting.


Subaru’s First Hybrid Will Be Unveiled In March

Tesla Model X, 2014 Tesla Model X Preview, The most perfect self-propelled vehicle ever?, Tesla Model X Electric Crossover New Interior: Detroit Auto Show Live Pictures

Toyota Camry Hybrid

The Globe and Mail, 2012 TOYOTA CAMRY HYBRID, Hybrid Camry a better buy than the standard model

Toyota Prius C, 2013 Toyota Prius C – REVIEW

TheSunDaily, Small package, big benefits

Toyota Prius V and Plug-in, Some Recent Reviews of the Prius Plug-in/Prius V, 2013 Toyota Prius V – REVIEW

Indo-Canadian Voiceonline, 2013 Toyota Prius v: The bigger, roomier hybrid

Via Motors

Via modifies trucks, SUVs and vans made by GM into electric vehicles with an extended range gas generator.

VW Golf Plug-in Hybrid

Autobloggreen, Volkswagen Golf plug-in hybrid now due in 2014, February 28, 2013

VW CrossBlue Plug-in Diesel-electric Hybrid Concept

Digital Trends, Volkswagen shows off CrossBlue plug-in diesel-electric hybrid concept

GreenCarReports, Volkswagen’s Two Diesel Plug-In Hybrid Concepts

VW Jetta Hybrid

Autoblog, 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, More Fun Than A Prius, Less Sensible Than A TDI, February 12, 2013, 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Review, Going green without the drawbacks Video and Text

The Detroit News, 2013 compact Jetta Hybrid is a no-compromises eco-friendly car

GreenCarReports, 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid: First Drive

GreenCarReports, VW: Plug-In Hybrids ‘A Long-Term Trend’, Steps Up For 2013

Technology Tell, VW Touts 7 Cars Over 40 MPG

VW XL1 (High MPG, Not too practical)

GreenCarReports, 261 MPG Volkswagen XL1 Production Confirmed, Debuts Geneva, Feb 21, 2013

Autoblog, 2014 Volkswagen XL1 with Video, March 11, 2013


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Consumer Reports: C-Max Hybrid Technology Impressive, Ford Ranked Low (23rd)

2013 Ford C-Max Energi

Consumer Reports said 2013 Ford C-Max hybrid technology is “impressive”

Consumer Reports said, “Ford’s latest hybrids, the Fusion Hybrid and C-Max, are impressive” in the report, “Who makes the best cars.”  Because the C-Max Hybrid and Energi are new models, they didn’t affect the ranking.  Consumer Reports ranked Ford 23rd, quite low, in a brand “report card” (Lexus, Subaru, Mazda, Toyota, Acura, Honda, Scion, Audi, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Kia, BMW, Nissan, Cadillac, Hyundai, Volkswagen, GMC, Chevrolet, Volvo, Mini, Buick, and Chrysler were ranked higher, in that order).

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European C-Max Shares “Vehicle of the Year” with BMW Z4

2013 Ford C-Max Energi

2013 Ford C-Max Energi; the European C-Max is very reliable.

Although this blog is on the Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi sold in the U.S. and Canada, the C-Max is sold with a conventional internal combustion engine in Europe.  The European C-Max has been built at the Ford Valencia Body and Assembly plant in Spain (2010 to present) and at the Saarlouis Body and Assembly Plant in Germany (2003-2010).  DEKRA (Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Überwachungs-Verein or in English: German Motor Vehicle Inspection Association) publishes a Used Car Report based on 15 million vehicle inspections conducted over the past two years.  “Our Used Car Report acts as a guideline for potential used car buyers. It provides detailed information on the faults typically found in a certain model and ranks each vehicle in relation to similar models in the same market segment,” said Dr Gerd Neumann, Member of the Management Board of DEKRA.  According to the report, the Ford C-Max shared the top spot for “Vehicle of the Year” with the BMW Z4.  The Ford C-Max had the best overall DEKRA Fault Index among hatchbacks with a score of 97.7.  The DEKRA report for the C-Max said “The C-Max is exemplary in all categories. It is (in parts significantly) better than the average and will cause its owner few problems well into old age.”

In October, gave Ford models a second-to-last ranking in predicted reliability.  At this point, there isn’t a reliability record for the C-Max Hybrid and Energi; they just started shipping in September and October 2012 respectively.  Ford recently extended the warranty for the problem-plagued MyFord Touch software, an option included some C-Max models.  If Ford can produce the C-Max at the Wayne Michigan Assembly Plant with the same reliability as the Spanish and German Assembly Plants, the C-Max will prove to be a very reliable car in U.S. and Canadian markets too.

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