Ford C-MAX Energi tops Prius as most fuel-efficient plug-in
The all-new 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi is going to save consumers money at the pump by getting an EPA certified 108 MPGe in the city. The fuel-stingy C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid will get a best-in-class combined rating of 100 MPGe which is 5 MPGe better than the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid. Ford touts the new C-MAX Energi as America’s most affordable plug-in-hybrid. With a starting price of $29,995, it beats the Prius ($32,000) as the most affordable plug-in hybrid. The price of the new C-MAX Energi is figured after federal tax credits.
The EPA says on their label the new C-MAX Energi will save consumers $7,000 in fuel costs over five years compared to the average new vehicle. Ford says at $5-per gallon fuel costs, (in California) if a consumer trades in a 23 mpg vehicle for a new C-MAX Energi, it would save the owner $1.25 per gallon for traveling the same distances.
Ford’s first plug-in hybrid
The 2013 C-MAX Energi is the first production plug-in hybrid from Ford. The MAV (multi-activity vehicle) is a five passenger car that falls under a new category of production vehicles for the EPA. That group includes the Ford Focus Electric at 110 MPGe in the city and the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, due out in early 2013, that is projected to get 100+ MPGe. Ford is committed to producing fuel-efficient cars and their new lineup reflects that.
There are definitely advantages to owning a plug-in hybrid like the C-MAX Energi. The powersplit hybrid system allows the gas engine and brakes to work with the electric motor to maximize efficiency by recharging the battery while driving. Another big advantage over a pure electric vehicle is the plug-in capability. The C-MAX Energi can be plugged in overnight using a standard 120V outlet, or will recharge in under three hours using a 240V charging station outlet.
The new MAV from Ford uses a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery to power the C-MAX Energi when the 2.0-liter gas engine is shut off for electric-only driving. The combined electric and gas engine horsepower is 188 and should deliver enough power to motivate the five passenger multi-activity vehicle. The plug-in-hybrid system is coupled to the latest electronically controlled eCVT transmission technology that also contributes to its fuel-efficiency.