Ford Motors just announced that their Valencia plant (Spain) will be building the first hybrid and plug-in models for Europe. These two advanced technologies are derived from the C-MAX compact model, and will be introduced to the market in 2013. A fully electric vehicle (HEV) and a plug in (PHEV) are anticipated.
The reason why Ford Motors is producing an HEV and a PHEV variant of the C-MAX five-seater is because the company intends to give their customers a wider range to choose from. The car manufacturer recognized the need for electric vehicles, especially with the emission regulations for the coming years.
The Ford’s Valencia plant was Europe’s single source for all CMAX versions and Grand CMAX which will be launched this year. The Grand CMAX feature the new Ford Ecoboost gasoline and Duratorq TDCi diesel and Ford Ecoboost engines. The car manufacturer is also ahead of the game with its global sourcing tactic. The Valencia plant will also produce the seven-seater variant of the CMAX. This is slated for distribution to North America by 2011.
Ford’s total investment in the Valencia plant for this year (including the HEV and PHEV investments) amounted to $410 million. The investment in the hybrid project alone should amount to $36 million. According to reports, the Spanish government and the regional administration of Valencia will be extending their maximum financial support so that the vehicles can meet the European Union requirements, as Ford is counting on it to boost small car sales.
In line with these developments, Ford also committed to introducing a total of five BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) and Hybrid models to Europe on 2013. The full-battery Transit Connect and the next generation BEV Ford Focus will be out by 2012. The fifth vehicle hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s going to be a hybrid-electric model.