2013 Ford C-Max Energi Hybrid

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

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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