Ford strikes deal with GE to purchase 2000 C-max Energis

Ford recently announced that it has arranged a new deal with GE for the purchase of 2,000 Ford C-max Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. This is part of GE’s plan to  move half of its global fleet of 25,000 vehicles to alternate fuel vehicles. So far, including this deal for C-max Energis, GE has 5,000 alternate fuel vehicles.

Because of the size of this deal, Ford can now claim the largest ever plug-in hybrid electric fleet vehicle sale. Ford will give GE vehicles to use at its vehicle innovation center and will promote two of GE’s alt-fuel products in exchange. GE manufactures the Wattstation and CNG in a box.

The Ford C-max Energi forum is a great place to discuss the C-max Energi, America’s most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid. Recently rated by the EPA at 108 MPGe rating in the city, the C-max Energi is perfect for a short commute on pure electric power, and longer trips using the gasoline and electric combined range of 620 miles.

“Ford is launching six new electrified vehicles – a big bet that fuel prices will continue rising and lead to more demand for advanced fuel-efficient vehicles,” says Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “We are pleased to partner with GE, a company that is charting a similar course, to promote advanced technology and energy savings.”

The C-MAX Energi joins the C-MAX Hybrid as part of Ford’s first hybrid-only dedicated line of vehicles. C-MAX Energi is expected to be America’s most affordable plug-in hybrid with a starting price of $29,995, after federal tax credit and including destination and delivery costs.

Front view of 2012 C-max Energi

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