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’s 2014 Lineup Riding High on Hybrid Technology

The Ford Motor Company has always been endlessly resourceful and creative, finding ways to put together excellent lineups that are relevant to their time. So it’s no surprise that now, in the age of the hybrid vehicle, Ford’s lineup is littered with great green vehicles, including three earth-shattering hybrids designed to combine efficiency and style for the sophisticated modern driver. Ok, it occurs to me that “earth-shattering” might not be the best descriptor for a hybrid vehicle, but trust me: the C-MAX Hybrid, Fusion Hybrid, and Fusion Energi will shatter your expectations of what an electric vehicle can do.

Let’s start with the C-MAX Hybrid, a car that destroys the notion that the bigger the car, the less efficient it must be. In fact, the C-MAX Hybrid has been named 2014’s Most Efficient Large Car by the U.S. Department of Energy, and that’s no surprise to us here at Cambridge Classic Ford. The car’s 2.0L Atkinson-cycle engine, complete with electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT), combined with a lithium-ion battery and a Regenerative Braking System, all add up to amazing fuel efficiency—which you can track using EcoGuide on the car’s LCD screen.With EPA-estimates of 45 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, as well as room to seat a total of five passengers, the C-MAX Hybrid is the perfect car for families looking for a fuel efficient alternative.

Then there are the two Fusions, the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi. The former allows drivers to feel sporty, revving up to 85 mph without even turning on the gas. Overall, the Fusion Hybrid grabs 188 horsepower, tempting you to forget you’re driving a hybrid at all. The Fusion Energi, however, takes owners into the realm of plug-in hybrids. It can chug out 21 miles on electric power only before switching into hybrid mode. Plus, Ford will throw in a 120V convenience charge cord with your Fusion Energi; the cord will fully charge your vehicle in just 7 hours.

We’re all living in the age of the electric vehicle—and if you want to live well, you’ll be needing a new Ford. Check out one of Ford’s excellent hybrid offerings today!

Record Timing for Record Hybrid Sales

We have exciting news to share about our favorite automaker, the Ford Motor Company. It was recently announced that Ford is on track to break their annual hybrid sales record despite only being five months into the year. The standing record was set in 2010 with a total of 35,496 hybrids sold.

One of the major reasons for this year’s jump in sales is the expansion of Ford’s hybrid-electric and plug-in vehicles lines. Through the end of April, the C-Max Hybrid had reached 11,708 models sold and the redone Fusion Hybrid reached nearly 14,000 units sold.

Not only is Ford beating its own record, it is taking a bite out of the competition as well. Toyota has seen a 21 percent decrease in sales of its Prius models. This is huge accomplishment for Ford and just goes to show how a popular American brand truly holds the heart of the people.

Cambridge Classic Ford is very excited about the continued growth of the Ford hybrid line. We are proud to offer the durable, energy efficient models that continue to impress people around the globe. Come by the dealership today to check out the latest in the line of hybrids and become a part of the record breaking process.

The New Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid Top the Competition in Fuel Efficiency and Range

The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in hybrid will soon be arriving at dealerships, but the new car is already making headlines by beating out the competition in terms of fuel economy and range.  The C-Max Energi has earned an EPA rating of 100 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) and will have an EPA-rated range of 21 miles on electric energy alone.

MPGe is the rating given to plug-in vehicles to accurately compare the combined electric and gas-powered efficiency to that of traditional gasoline models.  This rating, which takes the 21 mile electric range into account, bests the Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid, which receives 95 MPGe, and the Chevrolet Volt, whose fuel efficiency is rated at 94 MPGe.  On top of the EPA rating the C-Max Energi has received, Ford predicts that during city driving, the model will return 108 MPGe.

With the 21-mile all-electric range, the C-Max Energi has an overall range of 650 miles. This also beats out the competition, with the Toyota Prius PHEV receiving a range rating of 540 miles and the Chevy Volt totaling 380 miles.

The Ford C-Max Energi will go on sale in 18 markets this fall and will be released nationwide early in 2013.

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.