GE Buys 2,000 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-Ins
After making similar deals with General Motors on the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan with the LEAF, GE announced a collaboration” with Ford, in which the company will purchase 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids for its fleet.
In a press release Ford says when completed this will be the company’s “largest-ever plug-in electrified vehicle fleet sale”. As part of the deal, Ford will also jointly market GE’s alternative fuel infrastructure solutions. (Think WattStation)
For GE, the purchase of 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi vehicles is another step in the company’s initiative to convert half of its global fleet to alternative fuel vehicles as part of its commitment to ecomagination. The addition of the Ford vehicles brings the number of alternative fuel vehicles in GE’s fleet to more than 5,000 in its goal of 25,000 vehicles over an undetermined time frame.
“Ford is launching six new electrified vehicles – a big bet that fuel prices will continue rising and lead to more demand for advanced fuel-efficient vehicles,” saysKen Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “We are pleased to partner with GE, a company that is charting a similar course, to promote advanced technology and energy savings.”
Mark Vachon, vice president of ecomagination at GE, says, “At GE, we are focused on providing our customers and our fleet with more economically and environmentally efficient vehicles. The Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid is a great addition to our expanding fleet of alternative fuel vehicles.”
The two companies will also work with researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology to study GE employee driving and charging habits, with the goal of improving all-electric driving and charging performance. Researchers will use Ford’s MyFord® Mobile app – with real-time battery charge status and value charging that automatically recharges at lower-cost, off-peak electricity rates.
“Understanding driving and charging habits is key to advancing vehicle and charging infrastructure,” says ProfessorBert Brasof the Sustainable Design & Manufacturing laboratory atGeorgia Tech.”Through access to vehicle data, we can accelerate research and development of new technologies to further improve efficiency, driver satisfaction and environmental benefits.”
Study findings will be shared with commercial customers to provide insights and help facilitate deployment of electric vehicles in their own fleets amid a growing electric vehicle infrastructure that now includes more than 10,000 public charging stations across the country.
Ecomagination is GE’s commitment to providing innovative solutions that maximize resources, drive economic performance and help make the world work better.
(photo of GE facility via Midwest Energy News)