Below is a detailed look at the components that are used in the Ford C-MAX Energi, one of our plug-in electric vehicles (PHEV).
The inverter system controller manages hybrid powertrain control, including DC-to-AC conversion, driving the electric motors in the transmission for optimal fuel economy while providing the performance drivers want.
Specifically designed for electrified-vehicle application, the compressor draws energy directly from the high-voltage battery pack, which allows the engine to turn off more frequently to save fuel while enabling cabin cooling to continue.
This all-new, high-efficiency, advanced four-cylinder engine has independent variable camshaft timing and delivers fuel efficiency and performance.
The main electric water pump provides engine cooling. Smaller pumps provide inverter system controller cooling and heater core coolant circulation when the engine is off.
The electric heater is an energy-efficient technology that heats coolant; it is specifically designed for use on electrified vehicles.
The electric power steering is tuned to deliver class-leading steering feel. It also is available with the Active Park Assist feature.
The PHEV’s hybrid transmission includes an electric traction motor capable of providing 88 kW of power, coupled with a generator in a powersplit transaxle. It provides an electronically controlled, continuously variable transmission function, which harmoniously manages power from the gasoline engine.
The oil pump provides powersplit transaxle cooling, which is required by increased electric-only driving.
With the regenerative-braking technology, more than 95 percent of the energy normally lost through braking is recovered and stored in the battery via the electric drive.
The electric vacuum pump provides energy-efficient, power-assisted braking.
The engine control module manages engine control systems to maximize fuel economy and minimize emissions.
The advanced lithium-ion battery pack provides total energy of 7.6 kWh with air cooling for thermal management. It also includes a control module that manages temperature and state of charge, and a DC-to-DC converter that provides 12V battery to power vehicle accessories (headlights, etc.).
Packaged in the battery pack, an onboard charger module converts AC utility power to DC battery storage energy.
A standard SAE J1772 plug interface is used for charging. Ford’s charge port “light ring” provides an external indicator of charging status.