Ford C-Max Energi Gets 95 MPGe Rating, Over 20 Miles Electric Range

5 years ago by Jay Cole 20

2013 Ford C-Max Energi Hybrid

Ford today announced that its upcoming C-Max Energi hybrid will have a 95 MPGe rating, and travel over 20 miles on just electricity, when it goes on sale at the beginning of 2013.

Ford C-Max Interior

Proud of their accomplishment, Ford takes the time to compare the C-Max to its biggest competitor:

Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid is projected to deliver 550 miles of total range, including more than 20 miles in electric-only mode – nearly double the electric-only range of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid”

But why stop there when there is another extended range vehicle out there that you can one-up while your at it?  Namely, the Chevy Volt :

“Ford’s first-ever plug-in hybrid – the all-new C-MAX Energi utility – is the only vehicle of its kind that customers can drive from Sacramento to San Diego on a tank of gas and make the average commute on electricity alone”

The C-Max Energi has a total estimated range of about 550 miles, much greater than that of the Volt.  The EREV Chevy with its recent 2013 model upgrade, now has a range of 380 miles (38 on electricity) and a 98 MPGe rating.

UPDATE: It is worth noting that unlike the Prius plug-in, John Wood, a rep for Ford and told InsideEVs today that the C-Max Energi does NOT have a limited top speed of 62 mph in electric mode…so you all electric trips can include the highway.  The actual electric only top speed will be announced at a later date.

“We are proud C-MAX Energi is the first plug-in hybrid that can deliver a 550-mile overall range and more than 20 miles of electric range as it gives customers great flexibility to commute to work, then take off for a road trip while passing many gas stations along the way,” says John Davis. chief nameplate engineer for Ford’s compact cars and utility vehicles  
“C-MAX Energi is a great symbol for the leading fuel economy we’re delivering across our lineup to give customers the power of choice to save money at the pump.”
Already available for order is C-MAX Hybrid (and delivering in September)  – expected to be America’s most affordable hybrid utility vehicle with a base price of $25,995, including destination and delivery – with a cost that is $1,300 lower than Toyota Prius v.

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C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi figure prominently in Ford’s rollout of five electrified vehicles this year. Ford’s other electrified vehicles include:

  • Focus Electric: Production began late 2011; America’s most fuel-efficient compact with 110 MPGe city; charge time of four hours with the available 240-volt charging station – nearly half the time as Nissan Leaf
  • C-MAX Hybrid: Coming this fall; projected 47 mpg city, 3 mpg better than Toyota Prius v
  • All-new Fusion Hybrid: Coming this fall; projected 47 mpg expected to beat Toyota Camry Hybrid by 5 mpg highway
  • Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid: Will begin production by the end of this year; aiming to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world with more than 100 MPGe

C-MAX Energi has projected total system horsepower of 188 that stems from the combination of a gasoline engine and a battery-driven electric motor. When powered by gasoline, the C-MAX Energi uses the all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine – powerful and fuel efficient and among the most advanced non-turbocharged four-cylinder powertrains Ford has ever offered

No pricing has yet been announced on the C-Max Energi, but pricing estimates range from $30,000 to $33,000 before any applicable credits and rebates.

UPDATED: July 23, 2012

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20 responses to "Ford C-Max Energi Gets 95 MPGe Rating, Over 20 Miles Electric Range"

  1. backstroke says:

    Any info on the capacty of the Panasonic battery, 8-9kWh?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Nothing official as of yet, but I think that is a good guess.

      You have 4.4kWh in the plug-in Prius for 11-12ish miles, and 16.5kWh in the Volt, good for 38 miles.

      So although the ‘EPA’ range is not out yet, Ford is careful to use words like ‘almost’ and ‘double’ that of the Prius, which would lead me to believe 8 kWh is the best guess, which would give it a federal credit of $4,168.

  2. NRGTom says:

    This car looks to be a winner as it should get about half of the goverment 7500 credit bringing it into the high 20s for 95mpg and 20 miles plugged in

    The Volt is better of course but will people understand the difference & be willing to pay for it? many will not

    1. Brian says:

      The Volt is better in many ways, but not all. The Volt is too small for my family, but the C-MAX Energi will be big enough. It would be even better if it seated 7, but I guess I’ll have to wait a few more years.

      1. ClarksonCote says:

        Do you need to seat 7? You’re only a family of 4. Planning to add on to that? 😉

        1. Mark H says:

          5 would be nice, but I have to agree on the 7. Why not 2 ton towing capacity while we are at it? I still own a truck to hall the off road motorcycles. Bottom line, you have to select the vehicle based on your driving habits. I am amazed at the number of EV choices in less than two year. I found the statement on Ford’s lack of belief in EVs humorous in that they are racing to have 4 choices by the years end to make sure you have the right one for your needs. Speaking of wants, I paid extra to have a red Volt instead of a black one because contrary to Mr. Cole’s opinion, red is faster than black…

          1. Jay Cole says:

            Lies

            …any electric vehicle in black is not only faster, and has greater range…but is much ‘cooler’ /fact

  3. Frank says:

    I can see the market for this. It is a little cheaper than the Volt, and that is a big selling point. I think for my needs the Volt is a winner, LOVE MY VOLT. As some others have said – the more EVs and EREVs the better! Domesticly powered transportation is the main goal! Keep up the good work Detroit! NPNS!

  4. ClarksonCote says:

    Okay Statik, inquiring minds want to know… When will GM release details of their MPV5 to counter this latest entry to the plug-in marketplace by Ford?? 😉

  5. Koz says:

    Anyone want to wager the MSRP is more than $33k?

    Looking for the motor specs, I found this: http://media.ford.com/images/10031/2013_CMAX_Specs.pdf. 300lb weight difference between Hybrid and Energi, with likely about 250 of it for the added battery pack. That should be about 7-8kwh. Still can’t find motor specs but based on reports of similarity to the Fusion, expect limited power in “all” electric mode in addition to limited speed.

    This looks like a winner in size. If Ford is close to their goals with the final specs they should take potential customers Prius V, Prius Plug-In, Volt, and Leaf. Mostly from the Prius group but some people that would have had to compromise space for the Volt or h8 on GM and hot climate consumers that were considering the Leaf. Have they announced if the Energi will be available nationwide or only in CA?

  6. Koz says:

    The specs quoted from the Ford release are “expectations” of Ford and not actual ratings but they should know best.

  7. backstroke says:

    At some point prices will have to drop and move towards the comparable ICE powered competition, having more choice should help that process along as the EV market size grows some, but more importantly gets spread out amongst the different cars, forcing at some stage one of the participants to drop prices in order to increase their share. Step forward Nissan!

  8. Stuart22 says:

    Touting better gas range than a Volt is foolishly ironic. Big wow, the Ford has a larger capacity gas tank. Big wow, the Volt has to stop for gas once on a SF-San Diego trip while the Ford does not!

    GM might consider revising their silly old tag line “More Car than Electric” to say “More Electric than Ford and Toyota”.

  9. Jay Cole says:

    Updated the story. I was speaking to a Ford rep and he stated that the C-Max Energi’s top speed will be limited, but it is higher than the plug-in Prius and 62 mph.

    …so that is good news

  10. jack879 says:

    Good but no cigar. I’ll take the Volt any day over this car. Twenty miles,of electric range is not good enough for me.

  11. AZGreg says:

    My only concern for the future of the Ford car is the lack of visual appeal and if not appeal, at least differentiation. These cars are likely very pragmatic and utilitarian. I’m sure inside will be loaded with technology. However, as seen with the Prius, sometimes it is the outside of the car that pushes it over the edge.

    I hope I’m wrong – I would love to trade my 2010 Insight for this new entry.

  12. Stuart22 says:

    I think this will be a great addition to the mix. If its cost and performance numbers as as good as promised, both Toyota and GM will be pushed to stay on top of the game. Let the advances in technology start coming! And for prices to start falling….

    GM may now be compelled to green light the MPV5 to better match up with the Energi and PriusV in terms of utility. As for Toyota, they’ll have to boost their EV range if they want to continue their leadership position in green transportation.

    Things are getting exciting!

  13. Narg says:

    I wouldn’t call the 500+ miles a one-up on the Volt’s 380 miles. Especially since the Volt get’s twice the battery miles! The Ford’s just got a bigger gas tank, which is not impressive.

  14. Marshall says:

    Is the greater range because it has a bigger gas tank than the Volt, or because it weighs less than the Volt due to the smaller battery and thus gets greater hybrid-mode MPG? I seem to remember the Volt gets only 30-something MPG when the battery is exhausted.

  15. Mark H says:

    I believe the Volt mpg spec is 37mpg though I get 41-42mpg in 40 degree weather with 3 occupants + heater and 42-45mpg with 3 occupants in 90 degree with AC. The C-Max is more paired with the plug-in Prius than the Volt.
    15-20 EV range + extended gas > Toyota Prius plug-in, Ford C-Max
    20-40 EV range + extended gas > Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion, Fisker Karma
    75-100 EV only Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus, Chevy Spark
    150-300 EV only Tesla Model S

    And ALL are EXCELLENT! The next 100,000 EV drivers are going to need help understanding the EV and the PHEV. Bloggers have a tendency to state how their type is better. OK the Karma and the Model S are better. The rest simply fit different lifestyles.