2013 Ford C-MAX Energi

Ford C-MAX Energi plug in hybrid breaks the $30K barrier

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A new C-MAX Energi now costs about the same as the Tesla Models S battery upgrade which leads to the question, why are US taxpayer dollars being used to fund cars for millionaires.

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.


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American taxpayers are funding electric cars because (take your pick): A. They have no idea how their money is wasted by their representatives B. They are "on the take" receiving some benefit of that money, such as working for a car company or leveraging the subsidized price on products that they couldn't otherwise afford C. They are members of the religious cult of environmentalism D. They like waste, fraud and abuse, as demonstrated by centuries of tolerating it E. They have bought the argument that electric cars are "the future" and don't want to be seen as fuddy-duddies F. They think electricity grows on trees G. They want more mercury and lead in their drinking water; it improves the taste and prevents them from having to endure government health care by shortening their lives I could go on, but the options are endless. My particular choice is B. We've reached a point where more than half of Americans are milking the system for something, so they don't care if some people get their piece thru electric cars, free health care, cheap college tuition, whatever, so long as "they get theirs."
The NUMMI plant that Tesla now owns was abandoned first when GM went bankrupt, then second by Toyota who couldn't afford to keep it open when GM bailed out. Because Tesla reopened the plant for car manufacturing, the company has been able to start rehiring the workers GM and Toyota laid off. The standard battery on the Model S is good for 160 miles, which is quite impressive compared to the other electric cars. But Tesla, being Tesla, goes for the no compromise electric car, and developed one with a 300 mile range.