Ford has announced a new deal with GE where GE will buy 2,000 Ford C-max Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. GE has said it will move half of its global fleet to alternative power. This deal moves the overall number at GE to 5,000 alt fuel vehicles, and GE plans a total of 25,000. That means GE still plans on doing some big deals in the near future.
Ford can now claim it ‘largest ever plug-in electrified vehicle fleet sale.’ Ford will give GE vehicles to use at its vehicle innovation center and will promote two of GE’s alt-fuel products – the Wattstation and CNG in a Box.
Ford C-MAX Energi is America’s most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid with a 108 MPGe city EPA rating and a 620-mile single-tank range that will benefit GE’s sales and service professionals – many who drive more mileage daily than average commuters.
“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.”
Vice president of ecomagination at GE Mark Vachon says, “At GE, we are focused on providing our customers and our fleet with more economically and environmentally efficient vehicles. The Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid is a great addition to our expanding fleet of alternative fuel 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. The C-MAX Energi joins the C-MAX Hybrid as part of Ford’s first hybrid-only dedicated line of vehicles. C-MAX Hybrid, available in dealerships this fall, is America’s most fuel-efficient hybrid utility vehicle with EPA ratings of 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined.