The upcoming new Ford C-MAX PHEV and HEV models (earlier post), like the company’s next-generation hybrids, will use the company’s powersplit architecture with a high-efficiency Atkinson-cycle engine in combination with a high-voltage electric traction motor generator and a lithium-ion battery system.
Ford confirmed that it is on track to deliver five electrified vehicles for launch in North America by 2012 and European markets by 2013, the C-MAX hybrids among them.
The current-generation Fusion Hybrid can operate in gasoline-saving electric mode up to 47 mph (76 km/h) under certain conditions for short distances. Comparatively, Ford’s future plug-in hybrid is being designed to operate in electric mode at even higher speeds than the current generation.
On startup, Ford’s future plug-in hybrid will operate in charge-depletion mode. When the battery has been depleted or certain conditions are met, it switches to charge-sustaining hybrid mode for continued optimal fuel efficiency. After the battery is depleted, the vehicle will drive like a regular hybrid electric vehicle.