The Ford C-max Energi is expected to achieve more than 20 miles of pure electric driving – which is nearly double that of the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid. That means the C-max Energi can make the average American commute without any gasoline, and with a maximum electric-only speed projected to be faster than the Prius Plug-in, you can make your commute in decent time too. The C-max Energi has also received an EPA rating of 95 MPGe.
John Davis (chief nameplate engineer for Ford’s compact cars and SUVs) said it’s all designed to improve the driving experience. “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 Davis.
The C-max Energi is part of Ford’s dedicated line of hybrid vehicles in North America. The C-max Energi operates just like a normal hybrid, except that owners must plug in the vehicle to charge the battery pack for electric only driving.
The Ford C-max Hybrid is currently available for order with a base price of $25,995 that puts it cheaper than the Toyota Prius V. The Ford C-max Hybrid is expected to be available sometime this fall.
The C-max Hybrid, and C-max Energi will be produced alongside the Ford Focus Electric at the Wayne, Michigan assembly plant.