Ford C-MAX Energi plug in hybrid breaks the $30K barrier
Ford has done something almost unthinkable until recently. It has now set the price of its plug in electric hybrid (PIH), which is capable of travelling fully 20 miles on electric power only, at $29,995.00. That price does include the federal tax credit and your locality may give you more of your neighbor’s money to buy this vehicle. The fact that what amounts to an electric car is now available at under $30K is so amazing it makes one wonder, why are the American taxpayers funding toy cars for millionaires and billionaires?
C-MAX Energi Lifestyle
The Ford C-MAX Energi is Ford’s newest hybrid-only family car. About the size of the largest Prius, the Prius V, it can carry 5 passengers and it looks like a Mazda 5 or a small 1980s minivan. Its mini-minivan shape is ideal for shopping trips to Bed Bath and Beyond, or Best Buy. Unlike the Chevy Volt, which is only a 4 passenger compact car, this vehicle is very practical as a family car. Unlike the Nissan Leaf, which only has the ability to run on electricity, the Ford C-MAX Energi can also use its gasoline engine (which is of course a super-clean hybrid engine) to run up to 500 miles. That means you can use the C-MAX Energi as a fully electric vehicle if you have a normal commute to work, and then on weekends you can take it on vacations or to visit relatives and forget about the hassles of trying to figure out where and when your plug in your electric car. A Ford C-MAX Energi owner could drive 20 miles to work, plug their car in with an extension cord, work all day, then drive home on electricity. Or if their commute was only ten miles, they could do the trip both ways on electric power and then plug in at home and use the nighttime energy grid power which is plentiful, cheap, and does not stress the day-time grid.
C-MAX Energi Facts and Figures
The Ford C-MAX Energi has a hybrid drivetrain that has battery capability able to carry the vehicle fully 20 miles. The car can be plugged in and charged up using your home electrical supply, so if the owner chooses to, they don’t need to burn gasoline to travel those 20 miles. Since the car is a hybrid, when it has used up its on-board electrical charge, the gasoline engine comes alive and the vehicle can travel a total of 550 miles with its gas tank full. Of course it can then be refueled and driven on. The EPA rates the C-MAX Energi at 95 miles to the gallon equivalent, about double the fuel economy of a standard Prius. The C-MAX Energi is also expected to be rated as an AT-PZEV vehicle which means its emissions are so low that it will qualify for the State of California’s coveted high-occupancy vehicle lanes sticker. This is a prize the California Air Resources Board reserves for only the cleanest cars on the road.