GE is to purchase 2000 new Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids as part of a collaboration between the 2 companies and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Ford will make GE’s alternative fuel infrastructure products – like its WattStation electric vehicle charging units and ‘CNG in a Box’ natural gas fueling station – available to its commercial customers as well as providing GE’s Vehicle Innovation Center with alternative fuel vehicles.
Georgia Tech will gather information and analyse the performance of GE’s fleet and driver’s habits, whilst working with both partners.
The Ford C-Max can do around 21 miles in all- electric mode before it’s engine kicks in to achieve over 100 mpg. It retails at just under $30,000 after federal tax credits.
GE has a commitment to convert half of it’s global fleet to alternative vehicles, and it’s now a fifth of it’s way towards it’s target of 25,000.
So far it has saved the company around $2 million in fuel costs, whilst reducing it’s CO2 emissions by approximately 12 million pounds.
“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,” says GE’s vice president of ecomagination, Mark Vachon.