27 Aug '12, 4pm

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid [w/video]

The C-Max sounds good. One point on the batts (autoblog you should have flagged this). The NiMH in the Prius V will probably last the life of the vehicle with little to no capacity loss (a feature of NiMH batts if managed properly, which Toyota does on the Prius and Honda has not in their Civic hybrids). The Ford C-Max is using Li batts (smaller than NiMH) and over a long time (80,000 miles?) they will loose some capacity, how this would affect the C-Max is an open question and whether Ford has planned this loss in for the size of the bat would be interesting to know. In my own opinion, its unfortunate Ford didn't go with NiMH for the C-Max hybrid since, if managed properly, can be much more durable that Li's at this point (long term I'm sure they'll limit this downside to Li's, but at this point its there). For C-Max Energi Ford has no choice but to go Li, but for the hyb...

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