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Ford plans new hybrid series to compete with Toyota Prius, report says

Ford plans new hybrid series to compete with Toyota Prius, report says

Ford Motor Co. plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018 to compete against the best-selling Toyota Prius, two sources with knowledge of the company's plans told Reuters on Wednesday.

The compact car will be Ford's first "dedicated" hybrid -- that is a vehicle designed to be marketed exclusively as a hybrid, rather than a variation of an existing gasoline model, such as the automaker's Fusion hybrid, the sources said.

The as-yet-unnamed vehicle will be built just outside Detroit.

The sources said Ford eventually could offer several different body styles of the new hybrid, as Toyota does with the Prius. There would be different versions of the car's gasoline-electric drivetrain, including a more expensive plug-in model that can be recharged from an electrical outlet.

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...The as-yet-unnamed vehicle will be built just outside Detroit...
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...Ford plans to build the new hybrid at its Wayne assembly plant in southeastern Michigan, at an annual rate of about 120,000, the sources said.

Some of the hybrid technology, including electric motors, controllers and batteries, will be adapted from Ford's current hybrid models, although the dedicated 2019 model is expected to provide better fuel economy and range than today's hybrids.

The 2019 model, which carries the internal code C240, will be built on Ford's new C2 global compact architecture, which also will underpin the next-generation Focus and Escape, the sources said...
I was just thinking last night, that I'd want a hatch between the size of the Fiesta & Focus with:
-- a batteryless E-wd - if I still didn't have a garage for charging
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-- a PlugIn with a larger than current battery - if I do



elsewhere they're saying this will replace the C-Max....
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Re: Ford plans new hybrid series to compete with Toyota Prius, report says

Hyundai Prius-Fighter Hybrid could preview next attack on Toyota's champion



Hyundai Prius-Fighter Hybrid spy shot

Hyundai is no stranger to the hybrid game, selling a gas-electric version of the Sonata in the US since 2011. The 2015-model-year version gets 38 miles per gallon combined, which is certainly admirable but not quite in the same league as the hybrid champion Toyota Prius (50 mpg combined). New spy shots reveal that Hyundai might be finally ready to targeting the non-plug-in fuel economy leader. Why else would some mysterious Hyundai prototypes be cruising through the desert hills with a few Priuses in tow?


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It looks like Ford is not the only manufacturer targeting the Prius.
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Re: Ford plans new hybrid series to compete with Toyota Prius, report says

This could be a C-Max successor to be built at Wayne.
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This could be a C-Max successor to be built at Wayne.
This would have to be an all new range of Hybrid Only global vehicles, as the C-MAX will need to also offer an ICE/diesel version in other parts of the world.
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Re: Ford plans new hybrid series to compete with Toyota Prius, report says

What this article does not say may be telling.

Since the global market like the hatch better than a sedan, this should be a hybrid and Energi hatch model riding on the next gen longer, lighter Focus platform. Weight savings is expected to come from an aluminum body and more high strength steel in the new platform/frame.

Energi model should offer a more energy dense 50+ mile battery pack. Remember, this is 4 years into the future.
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This would have to be an all new range of Hybrid Only global vehicles, as the C-MAX will need to also offer an ICE/diesel version in other parts of the world.
Well, I mean this could be a successor for the C-Max in the US market where it's sold exclusively as a Hybrid.
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can't remember if I asked already...
anyone know if there's a (like manufacturing) relationship between the Energis's 7.6kWh battery and the FocusElectric's 23kWh?
kinda suspicious to me that 3 times 7.6 (= 22.8) is so close that it could be a rounding thing
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can't remember if I asked already...
anyone know if there's a (like manufacturing) relationship between the Energis's 7.6kWh battery and the FocusElectric's 23kWh?
kinda suspicious to me that 3 times 7.6 (= 22.8) is so close that it could be a rounding thing
No relationship. The 23kWh pack has cells from LG Chem, and the 7.6kWh pack has Panasonic cells(like Tesla). Packs are also built in different locations.
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