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.
According to several media sources, Ford announced today that production of the C-MAX and Focus will move from the Wayne Michigan Assembly Plant in 2018 to another location. UAW Officials understand it will be outside the U.S. The C-MAX is also made in Germany. The Focus is built in several other countries. Although the plant only makes C-MAX and Focus vehicles, Ford said the plant would not be closed. Does this mean anything about the future of the C-MAX Hybrid and Energi? I don’t know. It wasn’t that long ago that the plant was retooled for the Focus and C-MAX after being closed in the 2008 recession. Focus production at the plant started December 2010 and C-MAX in 2012.
There is a tax credit for installing a charger (EVSE) that will expire on December 31st, 2014, assuming President Obama signs HR 5771 that was passed on December 16th, 2014. This tax credit is applicable for chargers for the C-Max Energi but also other plug-in vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Prius Plug-in Hybrid. If you missed out on this tax credit in 2013 and bought a charger this year, it applies to any purchase and installation in 2014. The tax credit is for the purchase and installation costs, so quick action is required. The tax credit expires after December 31, 2014 – you have less than two weeks if you didn’t buy a charger and install it in 2014 already. There are several J1772 Level 2 choices at HomeDepot.com. Some states, such as Maryland, have tax credits or rebates for buying and installing an EVSE too.