Ford Motor Company announced today that it is expanding its commitment to electrified vehicles by increasing production capacity on the 5- passenger C-MAX Hybrid and CMAX Energi plug-in hybrid models for the United States. Sherif Marakby (Sha-reef) (Mah-rock-be), Director of Electrification programs and engineering.
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|Cut #1:||"It's more of a multi-activity vehicle, it's a MAV, so it has a high roof line, it has a lot of head room and a lot of the space inside." :08 sec. |
According to Marakby, both the CMAX Hybrid and the CMAX Energi will be built on the same line at Michigan Assembly plant in S.E. Michigan, and should be available to consumers early next year.
|Cut #2:||"This will be in addition to the Focus all electric that will be introduced by the end of this year, in fact all three cars, The Focus Electric, The CMAX Hybrid, The CMAX Energi will all be built on the same manufacturing line." :12 sec. |
Marakby points to the high gasoline prices as just one reason why the public should embrace these new hybrid vehicles.
|Cut #3:||"We think the public is ready for growth in Hybrid's, especially with the gas prices these days, and the plug-in Hybrid provides the customer even more savings cause you have electric, which is a lot cheaper than gas, which provides that initial drive, and then the battery electric is all-electric." :16 sec. |
The expansion, according to Marakby, is offering a choice for the buying public, meeting the needs of individuals and families alike.
|Cut #4:||"We know that not all of these are going to be right for individual customers, so if a customer has got a lot of mixed highway-city driving the Hybrid will be a great option. If you have a short distance that your driving everyday and you want to drive on mostly electric and then on the weekend you have a long drive a plug-in hybrid or the CMAX energy would be ideal, and then if you just want to be gas-free completely you have a battery electric." :26 sec. |
Ford is on track to deliver five electrified vehicles for customers by 2012 in North America, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery electric versions.