Ford C-Max Energi Qualifies for Carpool Lane Access in NYC
DEC 12 2012 BY ERIC LOVEDAY
Some Californians buy vehicles solely based on whether or not they qualify for the state’s rather infamous and highly coveted HOV-access stickers, but that’s not the case in the Big Apple. Or is it?
Ford recently issued a press release stating that New Yorkers who buy the 2013 C-Max Energi will be eligible for a brag-worthy sticker, too. As it turns out, the Ford C-Max Energi qualifies for New York City’s Clean Pass sticker. Eligibility only requires that a vehicle achieves CARB’s super ultra-low emission vehicle (SULEV) status and returns an EPA-rated minimum of 45 miles per gallon on the highway.
By wearing this sticker, the C-Max Energi, along with its occupants even if limited to only a driver, will have unlimited access to the carpool lane along a 40-mile stretch of the Long Island Expressway, a major artery into New York City.
As we all accurately assumed, the roads in and around New York City are congested. In fact, some multi-million dollar studies prove that New Yorkers spend way too much time crawling along in traffic. That’s why having unrestricted access to even a 40-mile stretch of HOV lanes is a perk that countless NYC residents will likely be lining up for.
Regardless of the recent right to wear the Clean Pass sticker, the C-Max Energi is still a vehicle worthy of consideration. Here’s a rundown of its vital stats: 100 MPGe combined, 108 MPGe city and 92 MPGe highway, 620 miles of total range, 21 miles of electric-only range and an after-federal-incentive price tag of only $29,995.