Ford supporting Irish Guide Dogs with hybrid S-Max

Henry Ford & Son Ltd. is providing a new S-Max FHEV (Full Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind to help with the charity’s work across the country.

With its national training centre in Cork, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is dedicated to assisting people who are vision impaired and families of children with autism.

John Manning, Henry Ford & Son Ltd. (standing), with the S-Max FHEV and the Irish Guide Dogs team, including ‘Puppies in Training’ Elton (Black Labrador) and Vogue (Golden Labrador); and human team members Eoin Slattery, technical training manager and Allyce Keogh, guide dog trainer.

Handing over the keys of the new S-Max FHEV to the charity, market lead for Ford in Ireland, John Manning, said: “The Irish Guide Dogs team do wonderful work that impacts hugely on the lives of their clients right across Ireland. We are delighted to be able to support that great work with the long-term loan of the new S-Max FHEV.

“The new S-Max FHEV is the ideal vehicle for the Irish Guide Dogs team with seven-seat flexibility and, thanks to the easy-to-use fold flat seat capability, there is ample space to safely and securely transport dogs, large, medium or puppy-size!

“S-Max is the original sports activity vehicle and the new FHEV version brings even more appeal for a new generation of customers with pure-electric driving capability”.

Tim O’Mahony, chief executive of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind added: “We are indebted to John Manning and the Henry Ford & Son Ltd. team for providing us with the use of this beautiful Ford S-Max FHEV. Driving a vehicle with pure-electric capability really chimes with the values of our team members and our organisation.”

The Ford S-Max is now available with a new fully hybrid electric vehicle powertrain. This 2.5-litre petrol engine hybrid system delivers 190PS and 200Nm of torque -impressive figures for a hybrid.

The engine is also fuel-efficient, with CO2 emissions reduced to 146 g/km.

There’s no need for plug-in charging, and the battery is nested under the boot floor, so you don’t lose any luggage space.

Towing capacity is 1,750kg.