Ford Begins Testing Clean Energy Systems in Ford Dealerships

Ford has spent some time over the past few years shifting its focus. While big, rugged trucks are still very much the backbone of the automaker, finding ways to reduce their cars’ and trucks’ impact on the environment has become a major priority. Now, Ford is taking green energy to their dealerships.

Ford has announced that a pilot program will install clean energy systems in Ford dealerships – four dealerships, to be exact. The systems will use solar and wind energy to power the entire dealership, including buildings, electric-car charging stations, and lot lighting.

The systems will be supplied by Wind Energy Corporation, and use a large “wind sail” to harvest energy, along with a 7-kilowatt solar array. The wind sales will feature the Ford logo and dealer’s name, which will serve as a unique form of advertising.

These “Windy Systems” are each expected to generate 20,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, which is enough to power two homes for a year, or recharge the Focus Electric’s battery 870 times. Each system is expected to offset almost 14 tons of greenhouse-gas emissions each year.

The dealerships receiving the systems are electric-car certified Ford dealers who were selected based on their commitment to alternative energy use, along with their location’s ability to accommodate the system. Installations will begin next year, and will be completed by spring of 2015.

Here at Cambridge Classic Ford, we hope that these systems prove to be an ideal form of alternative energy for Ford dealerships, and that the automaker will soon expand this program to additional dealerships nationwide! If you are ready to make a difference, stop by today to learn more about our selection of electric and hybrid vehicles.

2014 Ford C-Max Energi Could be Ford’s Most Technologically Advanced Vehicle

From the outside, the 2014 Ford C-Max Energi may at first appear to be just another oversized hybrid-electric vehicle, but it’s what you can’t see that makes the C-Max Energi truly impressive. What the C-Max Energi may lack in high-end elegance, it more than makes up for in fuel conservation and packing space – and could very well be the most advanced vehicle Ford has ever put into showrooms.

According to indystar.com, Ford offers two versions of the C-Max – a normal hybrid that achieves an impressive 42 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, and the plug-in version, which travels 19 miles on pure electric energy and achieves a total range of 550 miles.

The technologically advanced car features a lithium-ion battery pack which can be charged in just seven hours from a regular outlet, and just 2.5 hours with the optional 240-volt charger. Up front, a 2.0-liter gasoline-powered engine drives the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission. The system uses regenerative braking, electric heating, and a sophisticated control module to conserve (and use) extra energy.

The exterior was designed for maximum efficiency and features aerodynamic curves and smooth surfaces for enhanced airflow. Inside, leather seats, and audio and navigation controls feature an appealing and practical design, while the SmartGuage helps drivers learn what kind of driving will get the most out of their regenerative braking technology.

The 60/40 rear seats fully compensate for any space lost by the battery pack in the cargo area. Additional technologies include a semi-automatic parallel parking system and a hands-free trunk that opens by waving your foot over a sensor under the bumper.

The 2014 Ford C-Max Energi really is the whole package. From interior convenience and connectivity features to a state-of-the-are powertrain that will save you serious dough at the pump, the C-Max offers it all.

Stop by Cambridge Classic Ford to put a C-Max Energi to the ultimate test.

Ford Green Zone System Aims to Make Efficient Driving More Intelligent

No one can argue that plug in hybrids like the Ford Fusion are incredibly efficient cars. But, what if we told you that these cars aren’t operating at their full potential when it comes to fuel conservation? Plug-in hybrids run on an electric charge until they run out, then operate on its gas engine once the battery is depleted. In reality, it would be ideal if cars could run on electric mode in certain situations (like at lower speeds), and a car that can intelligently switch between modes based on driving conditions would save even more gas.

Vehicle batteries are more efficient when operating at slower speeds, in addition, commuters may choose to save their battery power for certain areas in their commute. In London, for example, motorists driving on battery power are exempted from the costly inner city commuter fee.

In an effort to make this kind of intelligent driving a reality, Ford has introduced its Ford Green Zone system. In its preliminary form, the driver would visit a website (or use the navigation screen), and designate on a map where the vehicle should automatically go into electric mode, if it’s able.

The system would also automatically factor in traffic conditions, the grade of the roadway, and driver behavior to determine when it’s most efficient to use battery power versus gas power.

“We’re looking at ways to make driving more efficient, intelligent and safer,” explains Joel Brush, a global account director with Here, a subsidiary of technology giant Nokia, which is providing the underlying mapping information for the Ford Green Zone system.

This kind of technology would not only benefit plug-in hybrids, but also conventional vehicles. Nokia’s mapping data is so precise that it can know when a car is approaching a hill or entering a turn, which could be used to direct headlights or change gears.

While Ford is still several years away from offering Ford Green Zone in dealerships, the automaker is confident that it will eventually offer the technology in at least some of its cars.

We look forward to Ford Green Zone making its way into our favorite cars, but until then, stop by Cambridge Classic Ford to check out our selection of hybrid cars.

Ford Finds Charging Stations for Drivers with MyFord Mobile

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Drivers of Ford’s all-new plug-in hybrids, have no fear! Ford has teamed up with PlugShare, an aggregator of public vehicle charging stations, to bring you up-to-date information about where you can find charging stations to fill up your battery and be on your way again. No more driving and hoping you can find a station before you run out of charge.

As a newly-available feature of Ford’s smartphone app MyFord Mobile, this useful new station finder will be compatible with the new Ford Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicles. These vehicles can achieve a jaw-dropping EPA-estimated range of 620 miles on one full tank of gas and one full charge. That’s insanely good. And most people don’t even realize that the majority of these charging stations are completely free to the public. Kind of makes you want to switch over and go hybrid today, doesn’t it?

The Ford C-MAX Breaks Records as the Fastest-Selling Hybrid at Launch

The Ford C-MAX has taken the title of “Fastest-Selling Hybrid” by clearing 8,030 vehicle sales in October and November, its first two months on the market. The C-MAX is doing remarkably well with customers, who are purchasing the hybrid three times faster than the Prius and Insight launches combined. The consumer opinions of the vehicle are overwhelmingly positive.

The C-MAX is a fresh competitor in the hybrid market, not only bringing leading fuel economy to the table, but also serving up a winning combination of performance, fun, and new technology that makes everyone happy. Popular opinion of hybrid vehicles has slowly grown over the past few years, but now about 60% of new car buyers are considering hybrids when shopping. They’re definitely worth checking out – head over to the dealer and give one a spin! Check them out online at http://www.ford.com/cars/cmax/.

2013 Ford Fusion Named ‘Green Car of the Year’

 

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The accolades continue to roll in for the 2013 Ford Fusion.  The redesigned Fusion has taken home awards for everything from design to safety, and the most recent award is for the Fusion’s environmental-friendly efficiency.

The Green Car Journal recently named the 2013 Ford Fusion its “Green Car of the Year”.  The 2013 Fusion offers a versatile lineup of powertrains that couple efficiency and performance in a way that the Green Car Journal could not overlook.

“The 2013 Ford Fusion approaches the market with a ‘game-on’ attitude,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal. “There’s no overstating the importance of what Ford has done. Many have long envisioned new car showrooms where a desired model could be purchased with one of many distinctly different and efficient powertrains, selected to satisfy a buyer’s particular needs and desires.”

Ford has loaded the 2013 Fusion with innovative technological features to increase and is happy see their efforts did not go unnoticed.

“We are very honored that the all-new Ford Fusion has been recognized as the Green Car of the Year by the Green Car Journal,” said David Mondragon, Ford general marketing manager. “From EcoBoost to hybrid and plug-in hybrid offerings, the new Fusion is delivering best-in-class fuel economy all wrapped in a dynamic package.”

 

Ford Fusion Hybrid Earns EPA-Estimated Rating of 47/47/47 MPG

The Ford Fusion Hybrid will be back for the 2013 model year and along with its redesign, the green car is also setting impressive standards for fuel efficiency. The hybrid model will return 47 MPG city and highway, giving it a combined fuel economy rating of 47 MPG.

This rating trumps the majority of the Fusion’s competitors as well as the outgoing model thanks to a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter I-4 engine, a 118-horsepower electric motor, and lithium ion battery pack.  Ford’s other hybrid model, the all-new 2013 C-Max, has also received a fuel economy rating of 47/47/47 MPG.

Non-hybrid models of the 2013 Fusion also received impressive fuel economy ratings of up to 22 city/34 highway MPG for the 2.5-lier I-4 engine and up to 25 city/35 highway MPG with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine.  The model will be hitting showrooms this fall.