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Published on October 17th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Ford C-Max Energi Gets 21-Mile EV Range

The Ford C-Max Energi has been hyped by the Blue Oval as both cheaper and more efficient than the competition. Ford now has another metric it can use in its ad war, as the EPA has given the Ford C-Max Energi a 21-mile all-electric range, and a total driving range of around 620 miles.

With a regular fuel economy rating of 47 mpg in both the city and on the highway, and a combined 100 MPGe rating, the Ford C-Max Energi has the best fuel economy of any hybrid save the Toyota Prius and Prius C. While the 21 mile all-electric range of the C-Max Energi is less than the 35 miles of the Chevy Volt, it is almost twice the 11 miles of the Toyota Prius Plug-in.

The official EPA rating also gives the C-Max Energi a total estimated driving range of 620 miles, which is about 70 miles more than the family-friendly Toyota Prius V. By just about every metric, the Ford C-Max Energi is the more efficient vehicle. But will it resonate with customers?

The Toyota Prius is THE car in the hybrid car segment to beat, and Ford is clearly gunning for it. While the C-Max certainly has a lot of positive numbers, the Prius name is undoubtedly a boon for Toyota, and the regular Prius still has the best fuel economy numbers on the market. Ford is certainly making the hybrid race interesting, that much is for sure.

Source: Ford


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Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn't wrenching or writing, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



  • Mike B

    I’m a very likely buyer of the C-Max Energi, and the 21 mile electric range is more than enough for my daily driving. But I should point out the 47/47mpg number is the official EPA number for the Hybrid, not the Energi. My guess is that the Energi will be more like 46/46mpg due to the extra weight of the larger battery (which is still excellent). Or did I miss something,and the Energi got EPA rated at 47/47 in charge sustaining mode?

  • Jason Carpp

    I’m not the least bit impressed with this car. It’s ugly, for one. And while I’m not anti-hybrid car, I believe that there should be more options on the table for people to consider than just gasoline electric hybrid. How about a diesel-electric hybrid, or a plug-in electric hybrid? Not everyone wants, or needs a gasoline-electric hybrid powered car, yet that’s what they’re being offered to them. Never mind what the CAFE and what govt. wants. Car makers should start listening to what customers want for once.

    • Mark R

      Read about the vehicle… It IS a PLUG-In Hybrid (P-HEV).. Yes a diesel electric would be nice, regular gas is far cheaper. I am 6’4″, I can move the drivers seat to a comfortable driving location, then move to the seat behind the driver and ride comfortably as a passenger, with plenty of head room! Prius & Volt — Not a chance. The C-Max Hybrid, is quieter than my Honda Civic Hybrid (road noise), has much better pickup, and I get to sit higher for a better traffic view. This is without a doubt the most functional P-HEV on the road. BMW says they will have a similar vehicle next year. It looks nice, but I bet you will pay more for the name, more for the fuel (they only make vehicles that run on premium) and the mileage won’t be as good.

      • Mike B

        Diesel is great on the open road, but oddly, it’s not that well suited for use in a hybrid. I’ve got a diesel VW Jetta, and it gets poor mileage until the engine has warmed up. Once hot, the engine rocks. However, in a hybrid, especially a plug-in, you try to keep the engine off much of the time, so it never gets to warm up. You could probably get something like an extended range EV to work, but that’s a different tactic than a hybrid.

        • Jason

          I think that’s the same with any Internal Combustion Engine. Nevertheless, I’d buy a diesel any day if it were available. I’ve never owned a diesel car, but I have driven a few, and I enjoyed driving them. Diesel may not please everyone, and with the cost of diesel being more than that of gasoline, probably more so, but so what? If you can afford to buy a car, truck, van, an SUV, etc., then you can afford to use it. So why not use it?

    • VWLG1F

      @Jason Carpp

      Listening to what what the customer what can be problematic. Especially when customers don’t really know what they want or even understand the technology, as your post clearly shows. Looks are objective, and I wouldn’t pick the C-Max over a Jag, Aston or even a Tesla, but for a utility vehicle (wagon), it’s better than most and sure looks better than the Prius and Volt.

      • Jason

        I agree. And particularly when you have govt. agencies telling people what’s required. Guys like the EPA, the CAFE, bullshit like that.

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