Ford is coming with a Hybrid car that can be an ideal competent to the Toyota’s Prius V. The crossover which is titled as the C-Max Hybrid will hopefully hit the roads by the first half of next year.
Toyota’s Prius has been enjoying a celebrity status in the eco-conscious vehicle category by its unique design, performance and efficiency. With Ford’s C-Max ready to hit the streets, hybrid market gets more competent and this will ideally help the hybrid vehicle culture to gain more acceptances.
Ford clearly claims its C-Max Hybrid to have a “better fuel economy, performance, technology and functionality than Prius v”. Another attractive offer from Ford is that it’s upcoming EV will only cost 500 bucks less than the Prius.
For the conventional power source, C-Max offers an all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine employing the superior non-turbo charged powertrains Ford has ever offered.
The electric power comes from an advanced Li-ion battery system which will automatically be charged while the gasoline engine is running. The regenerative braking system captures more than 95 percent of the braking energy.
Ford has started taking orders for its C-Max hybrid, although all the claims about the vehicle are but glittering promises now. The efficiency and competence of vehicle are yet to be tested.
The car is likely to be available for third party testing by the end of 2012, months before the model’s entry to the market. Above all, we are yet to learn about the car’s official EPA fuel economy rating.
If all goes well, we will have another promising contender in the Hybrid vehicles category.
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