Ford C-MAX Energi Delivers Industry's Top Electric-Only Speed Among
Plug-In Hybrids at the Touch of a Button
All-new Ford C-MAX Energi delivers the top electric-only speed of
any plug-in hybrid 85 mph more than 20 mph higher than Toyota
Prius plug-in; unique EV mode button allows customers to deliver
electric power on-demand
C-MAX Energi Ford's first plug-in hybrid also tops Prius
plug-in in overall range (550 miles versus 540 miles), more than
triple the electric-only range (20-plus miles versus six miles)
C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid begins arriving this fall at EV
Certified Ford dealers in 19 markets, followed by nationwide rollout
in all 50 states in early 2013
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., Aug. 7, 2012 At the touch of a button, Ford
C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid drivers can enjoy the industry's top
electric-only speed among all plug-in hybrid vehicles 85 mph.
Topping the Toyota Prius plug-in's top EV-only speed by more than 20
mph, the all-new, five-passenger Ford C-MAX Energi can easily keep
pace with the flow of traffic, even when the EV mode button is engaged
and the gasoline engine is off.
"We understand customers place a high value on the zero-emission
electrified driving experience," said Ford Vice President of
Powertrain Engineering Joe Bakaj. "This inspired our engineering
team to equip the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid with a button that
enables drivers to choose an electric-only driving mode."
With a fully charged battery, C-MAX Energi is rated at 195 horsepower,
versus 188 horsepower for Toyota Prius.
C-MAX Energi's EV mode range is 20-plus miles more than triple
Toyota's plug-in and well within the one-way commute range of many
American motorists. C-MAX Energi Ford's first plug-in hybrid also
tops Prius plug-in in overall range (550 miles versus 540 miles).
Three EV modes
The EV mode button conveniently mounted in the center stack allows
a driver to switch vehicle operation between three modes.
Drivers can opt for electric-only driving without gasoline engine
power, normal hybrid mode where the powertrain melds electric and
gasoline engine power as appropriate, or a battery-saving mode that
reserves the pack power for later use. For an image of the EV mode
button, click here.
When plug-in power is available, drivers can change modes with each
press of the EV mode button. The mode currently selected is displayed
in the driver's left instrument cluster screen.
"In EV: Auto mode, the vehicle automatically takes advantage of
plug-in charge," said Kevin Layden, Ford director of
Electrification Programs and Engineering. "When the charge is
depleted, C-MAX Energi operates as a full hybrid."
The powertrain computer automatically selects the appropriate blend of
battery usage and engine usage based on demand and the state of
In EV: Now mode, the vehicle operates in EV mode using plug-in power.
The gasoline engine will not operate unless an override setting is
selected or certain conditions are present such as the accelerator
pedal being fully depressed and the driver enabling the gas engine.
EV: Now also activates a special Manage EV screen to monitor
To achieve the EV range estimate shown on the corresponding gauge,
drivers are given coaching cues to maximize EV mode. Additionally, use
of climate power and energy gauges will further help drivers manage
vehicle energy use.
The EV: Later setting saves plug-in power for later use, like
transitioning from highway to lower-speed residential neighborhood
use. C-MAX Energi operates in normal hybrid mode, using both gas
engine and electric motor. Plug-in power is reserved until the driver
switches to the EV: Now or EV: Auto setting.
"C-MAX Energi uses technology in new ways to provide customers
smart choices in maximizing their energy usage based on where and how
they drive their vehicles," Bakaj said.
Built at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., the all-new
C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid begins arriving this fall at EV Certified
Ford dealers in 19 markets, followed by nationwide rollout in all 50
states in early 2013.
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Ford C-MAX Hybrid Earns 47 City, 47 Highway, 47 Combined - an EPA
Rating Hat Trick; Beats Toyota Prius v by up to 7 MPG
DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/
All-new 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid delivers EPA-certified 47 mpg city,
47 mpg highway ratings 7 mpg better than Toyota Prius v on the
highway for a 47 mpg combined rating
Ford's first hybrid to achieve equal city and highway ratings, the
versatile C-MAX Hybrid also is expected to offer 15 class-exclusive
features such as the available hands-free liftgate
C-MAX Hybrid launches this fall as part of Ford's power of choice
strategy to deliver leading fuel economy across its lineup while
tripling electrified vehicle production capacity by 2013
Ford Motor Company once again raises the hybrid fuel-economy bar with
the all-new Ford C-MAX Hybrid, which is now officially EPA-certified
at 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined beating Toyota
Prius v by up to 7 mpg.
The certification is significant because it makes C-MAX Hybrid the
first hybrid vehicle to offer 47 mpg across the board. Also, hybrids
traditionally have been more economical in city driving than on the
highway, unlike conventional vehicles.
C-MAX Hybrid, however, returns the same fuel economy whether driving
cross-country or across the city stemming mostly from a growing list
of Ford innovations that have helped the vehicle to deliver an
impressive list of metrics, such as a top speed of up to 62 mph in EV
"The all-new C-MAX Hybrid is a great symbol of how Ford has
transformed into a fuel-economy and technology leader with 47 mpg
across the board and a highway rating 7 mpg better than Toyota Prius
v," said Ford Vice President of Powertrain Engineering Joe Bakaj.
"We've done this with innovation represented by nearly 500
hybrid patents while driving costs down 30 percent so we can bring
these fuel-saving vehicles to more customers."
Among the Ford innovations helping C-MAX Hybrid drivers enjoy maximum
fuel economy are the patented SmartGaugeฎ with EcoGuide that coaches
for top fuel efficiency by providing growing green leaves in the gauge
cluster as a reward for economical driving; and ECO Cruise, a feature
that helps optimize powertrain elements for convenient yet economical
City equals highway
Hybrid vehicle drivers traditionally saw superior fuel-economy figures
in city driving, so loyalists maximized their fuel economy through
regenerative braking in stop-and-go traffic. But now, higher-speed
innovations have caught up on efficiency.
"City, highway and everywhere in between, C-MAX Hybrid is
EPA-certified at 47 mpg," Bakaj said. "It's a
C-MAX Hybrid is expected to be America's most affordable hybrid
utility vehicle with a base price of $25,995, including destination
and delivery, which is $1,300 lower than Toyota Prius v. C-MAX Hybrid
is currently available for order at select dealerships.
More information about C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi can be found
here. Press releases, videos, photos and other material related to
Ford's electrified vehicles can be found here.