Ford’s C-Max Solar Energi Soaked Up The Sun At CES 2014

Ford’s C-Max Solar Energi Soaked Up The Sun At CES 2014

Technology titans from around the world use CES to give people a taste of their new products in development. The 2014 Las Vegas showroom was filled with wearable technology and alternative fuel concepts. The crowd was overcome with excitement by Ford’s announcement of industry changing innovation.

The C-Max Solar Energi concept is the first ever plug-in hybrid electric car that actually uses green electricity.

C-Max Solar Energi

The Solar Energi Solution

Hybrid electric vehicles were a step in the right direction, but far from the final solution. As of January, 2014, the vehicles we call “green” and “eco-friendly” still contribute to the much larger problem.

Problem –  A tremendous reliance on petroleum based gasoline and diesel. The current “plug-in” alternatives recharge using electricity, which is made from the same fossil fuels.

Solution – A vehicle that uses either solar or hydro power to power a vehicles engine.

Three Minds are Sharper Than On

2014 Ford C-Max Solar Energi ConceptThe C-Max Solar Energi Concept is a collaborative project between Ford, Georgia Tech, and SunPower Corp.

Ford is an industry leader in automotive technology and was looking to develop the next breakthrough in alternative fuel. San Jose, California based SunPower Corp. co-developed the solar panel roof with Ford. The amount of time required to charge the battery was not practical for consumer use, so Ford found another solution.

Ford reached out to Georgia Tech’s Design and Manufacturing lab for ways to enhance the amount of sunlight the panels will absorb. The lab helped Ford develop a solar concentrator that acts like a solar magnifying glass for the panels on the roof.

Ford Debuts Solar Panel C-Max Energi ConceptFord’s C-Max Solar Energi will use a day’s worth of sunlight to replace the need for an electrical outlet. The roof will be equipped with 16 feet of high-efficiency solar panels that use a magnifying glass like lens to magnify the power of the sun. The lens will enhance the power of the sun by a factor of 8. Each day, the concentrator will draw enough power to equal an 8 kW four-hour battery charge.

A full charge will allow the vehicle to travel 21 electric-only miles. Ford found that the 21 electric-only miles could, “power up to 75 percent of all trips made by an average driver in a solar hybrid vehicle.” Ford will be testing the practicality of the C-Max Solar concept and refining solar powered technology for future vehicles.

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Debut 2015 Mustang to Be Auctioned to Benefit Charity

It was just last month that Mustang fans tuned into “Good Morning America” to see the first all-new 2015 Ford Mustang make its debut. When this symbol of American muscle rolled out of the back of a semi-trailer, it marked a new generation for one of the most favorite Ford vehicles of all time. If you do not believe that, just check out its Facebook page. While the production 2015 models will not be hitting Ford dealership showrooms around the country for a while yet, one lucky individual will be given the opportunity to own this special first Mustang on January 18. On that day, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company of Scottsdale, Arizona will be driving this historic Mustang across the auction block with the proceeds to benefit research for a serious childhood illness. 

Celebrating 50 years of the Mustang 

2015 Ford Mustang Teaser

While the first Mustang was technically a 1964 and a half, the 1965 model is recognized as the true first Mustang. While the new 2015 Ford Mustang represents a new generation of the Mustang, it also represents a milestone that many car models never even come close to achieving, which is 50 years of continuous production. More than nine million Mustangs have been sold over the past 50 years, and Ford wants to maintain this popularity by offering a new generation and new look for 2015. In those 50 years there have been famous Mustangs on television, in books and in movies, a dark time when the Mustang nearly disappeared due to a gas crisis and recently, classic Mustangs selling for over a million dollars. Ford hopes the next 50 years will be just as exciting and innovative as the last 50, and they will be celebrating their 100th anniversary just as jubilantly. For the lucky winner of the first 50th anniversary Mustang, they will be the owner of a piece of instant history.

The highest bidder of the 2015 Mustang is not the only one to benefit

2015 Ford Mustang

Since 1983, Ford has been a global partner with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. Jeffrey Brewer, president and CEO of JDRF appreciates all that Ford does and says, “JDRF is very grateful for the generous and steadfast support from Ford and its employees over the years.” With the Ford Mustang being one of the most popular vehicles at Barrett-Jackson events, Ford thought it only appropriate to auction the inaugural 2015 Mustang off where it would raise the most money for the JDRF. Ford and Barrett-Jackson have raised more than $3 million dollars since they got together to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes. It will also give collectors who missed the chance to buy the first Mustang in 1964 the opportunity to own a new Mustang that marks the beginning of a new journey with the goal to reach 100 years in production. The winning bid on Lot No. 3010 will do more than just sell a Mustang and make it an instant classic, it will make a difference in the lives of children with diabetes all over the world.

More about this special Mustang 

All-New Mustang at World's Fair site

The Mustang that will be auctioned off will be customized to the new owner’s specifications. They will be able to choose a manual or standard transmission as well as any exterior and interior color combinations and stripe packages available on the new Ford Mustang GT version. It will be powered by a 420 horsepower V-8 engine and be equipped with Ford’s new front and rear suspension systems as well as the latest in information, control and connectivity systems. It will also feature special 50th anniversary badging that proclaims, “Mustang – Since 1964.” It will be signed by all team members involved in its creation as a thank you for the donation to the JDRF. This beautiful car will represent many milestones and help create a brighter future for children suffering from diabetes.

Sames Ford looks forward to welcoming the 2015 Mustang, but in the meantime, we have a great selection of other new 2013 and 2014 Ford models to choose from, including the great looking Mustang!

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UPDATE: The first 2015 Mustang was sold on January 18, 2014 for $300,000 with all proceeds going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation! Congratulations to the lucky new owner and kudos to Ford for their generous donation!