Ford C-Max Energi Just Got $1,500 Cheaper In California, Qualifies For HOV Sticker

2 years ago by Inside EVs Staff 5

Ford C-Max Energi, Now From $28,495* In California

Ford has announced that the upcoming C-Max Energi, a 21 mile extended range plug-in hybrid vehicle has been approved by both California’s Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board (CARB) and the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP), thus making the EV eligible for the Green Clean Air Vehicle Sticker carpool lane access (HOV), as well as the state’s $1,500 rebate program.

Ford C-Max Energi, 108 MPGe City, 92 MPGe Highway

This $1,500 rebate can be coupled with the federal credit of $3,750 (based on the C-Max Energi’s 7.6 kWh lithium battery), giving a total discount of $5,250 off the $33,745 MSRP, for a net price of $28,495. 

States, including such as Maryland, New York and Virginia, are now expected to follow suit with their similar high-occupancy vehicle/plug-in lane programs.

We’re pleased with California customers’ early interest in the C-MAX hybrids, our first dedicated hybrid-only nameplate in North America, in the No. 1 hybrid market in the U.S.,” said Michael O’Brien, Ford electrified vehicle marketing manager. “The C-MAX Energi is the most affordable, most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid with the longest overall range for any utility or compact vehicle on the market today – this extra carpool lane incentive and rebate will help Californians go further with Ford in every sense of the phrase.”

According to CARB, Green Clean Air Vehicle Stickers are available to the first 40,000 applicants who purchase or lease cars meeting California’s Enhanced Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (AT PZEV) requirement.  By doing a little desktop math, we expected that program to be topped out by mid summer of 2013.

Ford says the “C-MAX Energi is America’s most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid” with an EPA-certified 108 miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating, 92 MPGe highway rating and 100 MPGe combined rating.  (details on rating here).  The C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid begins arriving late this fall at EV Certified Ford dealers in 42 markets, followed by nationwide roll out in all 50 states in early 2013.

InsideEVs is expecting their own copy of the C-Max Energi in the next few days, and will bring you a test drive/review shortly.

Ford C-Max Interior

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5 responses to "Ford C-Max Energi Just Got $1,500 Cheaper In California, Qualifies For HOV Sticker"

  1. GeorgeS says:

    What mods have they made to the “Prius like” 2 motor planetary gearset to get it to go to a higher speed in EV mode.??????????????????

    1. vdiv says:

      More powerful motors and a higher gear ratio?

  2. kdawg says:

    I notice the C-max has old-school parking brake.

    So what’s the bare minimum to get HOV approved? Just a plug receptacle? I think the car should have to be in pure EV mode to drive in the HOV lane.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/zevprog/factsheets/clean_vehicle_incentives.pdf

      What models will qualify?

      In general, vehicles with the potential of meeting the Enhanced AT PZEV requirement include plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and hydrogen internal combustion engine (hydrogen ICE) vehicles. In order to be certified as an Enhanced AT PZEV, PHEVs and hydrogen ICE vehicles must:

      Meet California’s most stringent tailpipe emission standard
      Have zero evaporative emissions
      Have a 15 yr/150K mile warranty on the emissions system and;
      Have a 10 yr/150K warranty on the zero emission energy storage system.

      1. kdawg says:

        I guess my suggestion would be it has to be a zero-emission vehicle while driving in the HOV lane.