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Ford Reveals C-MAX Solar Energi Concept

January 3rd, 2014
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Click on the photo above to watch a video about the Solar Energi Concept.

Ford recently announced the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, a first-of-its-kind sun-powered vehicle. The vehicle gets it’s energy with the help of a solar panel on the roof, allowing it to potentially deliver the best of what a plug-in hybrid offers — without depending on the electric grid for fuel. The Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept is estimated to reduce the annual greenhouse gas emissions a typical owner would produce by four metric tons, leaving a glimpse for a cleaner future. The vehicle will debut in Las Vegas at the 2014 International CES Jan. 7-10. Borgman Ford is a proud supporter of Ford’s go-green initiatives!

Noah Joseoph
Autoblog

Solar energy might not be enough to power a usable electric vehicle on its own, but that doesn’t mean it can’t lend a helping hand. And that’s what Ford has in store for the Consumer Electronics Show opening next week in Las Vegas.

Ford has essentially taken its C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid and fitted it with the latest in solar panel technology developed by SunPower, acting like a magnifying glass to capture as much of the sun’s energy as possible. So you get the benefit of an electric vehicle, with the range assurance of a hybrid, without needing to draw from the grid.

Ford estimates that a day of charging in the sunshine will give the C-Max Solar Energi concept the same full charge as the production PHEV, with a total range of 620 miles – 21 of which can be run on electric power alone. Otherwise the vehicle – which remains a concept for the time being – is identical to the existing C-Max Energi. The top-selling model in Ford’s growing hybrid and electric vehicle portfolio helps put Ford just behind Toyota among the top seller of hybrids in America.

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