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#41 OFFLINE   stevedebi

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Posted 08 August 2016 - 07:51 AM

I would be very surprised if Ford did not continue the PHEV in as many form factors (including the C-MAX, more practical than the Fusion), since essentially every other manufacturer is creating or expanding its PHEV power train offerings, generally as an option in its standard models (e.g. Chrysler's new Pacifica minivan, Hyundai's Elantra, and many others). I would expect, though, that Ford spends more time on battery shape and location in future models, making the PHEV option less of a tradeoff in terms of storage space than in the current C-MAX. For that matter, I would more expect Ford (and others) to drop their non-PHEV hybrids, since the gov't incentives for non-PHEV hybrids are largely gone, PHEVs act as hybrids once the high-capacity battery is depleted, and the manufacturers don't get nearly the boost for their fleet mileage averages from hybrids as they do from PHEVs. {Jonathan}

You make some good points, but I still think that the Fusion and Model E will likely be the banner carrier, and the C-Max will be discontinued.

 

I don't think that PHEV will take over hybrids. The hybrids bring up the CAFE, and current battery technology takes up too much room in the vehicle. If batteries continue to improve in size vs capacity, then perhaps they will move towards PHEV. But it is a lot more complicated to plug in a car than to just drive it.


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#42 OFFLINE   stolenmoment

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Posted 08 August 2016 - 09:12 AM

I'm a dreamer, but a BEV with two or four hub motors from http://www.proteanelectric.com/ would have lots more room inside.










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