Ford Declares Commitment to Electrified Vehicles (PHEVs, HEVs, EVs)

Ford released a teaser video for a plug-in vehicle to be announced at the North American  International Auto Show, January 11-24, 2016.

Ford is the top seller of plug-in hybrid vehicles and second in total sales of  electrified vehicles in America.  The company recently expanded its offerings in growing markets, including Taiwan and Korea, where the company offers the Mondeo Hybrid (equivalent to the Ford Fusion Hybrid). Ford also announced it is bringing the C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrid and the Mondeo Hybrid to China.

Ford is investing an additional $4.5 billion in electrified vehicle solutions by 2020.  Ford is adding 13 new electrified vehicles to its portfolio by 2020, when more than 40 percent of the company’s global nameplates will come in electrified versions. The company said this represents Ford’s largest-ever electrified vehicle investment in a five-year period.

Ford is accelerating the expansion of electrified vehicle battery research and development adding research and engineering capabilities in Europe and Asia.  The company has invested in a world-class battery research and development facility at the University of Michigan to accelerate advanced battery research and development.

Ford C-Max SYNC Owners with iPhones Get Apple Siri Eyes-Free

On December 3rd, Ford announced that iPhone users with SYNC equipped vehicles dating all the way back to the 2011 model year will get Apple Siri-Eyes-Free capability.  Siri Eyes-Free allows drivers to activate Siri with a long press of the voice recognition button on the steering wheel, similar activating Siri on an iPhone.  The simple, downloadable update will be available through http://owner.ford.com/.  I looked today (4th) and didn’t see the update at the website yet for my 2013 Ford C-Max Energi.

Ford Expands C-MAX Energi Sales to China

Mark Fields, John Lawler and Joseph Liu at 2015 Ford ?Innovation for Millions? with the Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, which will come to China in 2016

Mark Fields, John Lawler and Joseph Liu at 2015 Ford “Innovation for Millions” with the Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, which will come to China in 2016

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.