Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrid Expected to Deliver 550-Mile Range
and Nearly Double Electric-Only Range of Prius
Ford's first-ever plug-in hybrid - the all-new C-MAX Energi utility -
is the only vehicle of its kind that customers can drive from
Sacramento to San Diego on a tank of gas and make the average commute
on electricity alone
Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid is projected to deliver 550 miles of
total range, including more than 20 miles in electric-only mode -
nearly double the electric-only range of the Toyota Prius plug-in
C-MAX Energi - available this fall - is Ford's first production
plug-in hybrid and part of Ford's first hybrid-only dedicated line of
C-MAX Energi will launch 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
DEARBORN, Mich., July 20, 2012 - The new Ford C-MAX Energi is expected
to achieve more than 20 miles of electric-only range - nearly double
the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid - and a 550-mile overall range to
become the first hybrid vehicle ever that can be driven from
Sacramento to San Diego on a single tank of gas and make the average
American commute without gasoline.
With a maximum electric-only speed projected to top that of Prius
plug-in, C-MAX Energi drivers might be able to reach wherever they're
going a little faster, too.
Topping it off, C-MAX Energi delivers fuel economy that is the
equivalent of 95 miles per gallon (MPGe) combined city/highway.
John Davis, chief nameplate engineer for Ford's compact cars and
utility vehicles, said it's all designed to improve the driving
experience: from making the 550-mile trek down Highway 99 from
Sacramento to San Diego to the daily 20-mile one-way trip to work -
the distance some reports suggest the average American commutes.
"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. "C-MAX Energi is a great symbol for the
leading fuel economy we're delivering across our lineup to give
customers the power of choice to save money at the pump."
C-MAX Energi is part of Ford's first dedicated line of hybrid vehicles
in North America and will soon be available for order at Ford's
certified electric-vehicle dealerships. C-MAX Energi operates just
like a traditional hybrid with two key differences - owners must plug
in the vehicle using its charge port and C-MAX Energi has a larger
Power of choice
Already available for order is C-MAX Hybrid - expected to be America's
most affordable hybrid utility vehicle with a base price of $25,995,
including destination and delivery - with a cost that is $1,300 lower
than Toyota Prius v.
C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi figure prominently in Ford's rollout of
five electrified vehicles this year. Ford's other electrified vehicles
Focus Electric: Production began late 2011; America's most
fuel-efficient compact with 110 MPGe city; charge time of four hours
with the available 240-volt charging station - nearly half the time as
C-MAX Hybrid: Coming this fall; projected 47 mpg city, 3 mpg better
than Toyota Prius v
All-new Fusion Hybrid: Coming this fall; projected 47 mpg expected to
beat Toyota Camry Hybrid by 5 mpg highway
Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid: Will begin production by the end of this
year; aiming to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world
with more than 100 MPGe
"Ford's electrified vehicles offer a great combination of
efficiency, performance, technology and affordability that we believe
will help spur adoption of these advanced vehicles," says Kevin
Layden, director, Ford Electrification Programs and Engineering.
"C-MAX Energi not only offers leading efficiency, it has 50 more
horsepower than the Prius plug-in hybrid along with class-exclusive
technologies such as our hands-free liftgate and active park assist
for easier parallel parking."
While the C-MAX Energi nameplate is new to the U.S. market, the
technology and design has proven itself already in other ways and in
More than 144,000 units of the five-passenger C-MAX gasoline and
diesel versions have been sold in Europe since late 2010. Though Ford
is concentrating on hybrid versions of C-MAX in the U.S., the designs
of C-MAX Energi and C-MAX Hybrid are based on the gasoline- and
diesel-powered European version.
C-MAX Energi also benefits from 20 years of research and innovation
behind the software and hardware technology it offers, incorporating
many of the nearly 500 patents Ford holds in the area of hybrid
technology. The car's powersplit technology - which allows for more
efficient operation of the vehicle - consists of more than 200 patents
Like C-MAX Hybrid, C-MAX Energi has projected total system horsepower
of 188 that stems from the combination of a gasoline engine and a
battery-driven electric motor. When powered by gasoline, the C-MAX
Energi uses the all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine
- powerful and fuel efficient and among the most advanced
non-turbocharged four-cylinder powertrains Ford has ever offered.
Because owners plug in to charge the advanced lithium-ion battery in
C-MAX Energi, the vehicle is able to achieve increased electric mode
and total range. Lithium-ion batteries are lighter, more efficient and
more powerful than nickel-metal hydride batteries used in
first-generation hybrids. They also promote faster charging times.
C-MAX Energi sets itself apart from other hybrids in other ways, too.
For example, it offers the latest generation of SmartGauge® with
EcoGuide. Designed to help drivers get the most from C-MAX,
information such as instantaneous fuel economy can be displayed on one
of two 4.2-inch LCD screens, helping drivers more closely monitor how
their driving behavior affects the vehicle's efficiency.
In the right cluster, redesigned imagery of green leaves shows overall
driving efficiency. The left cluster shows Brake Coach, a feature that
helps drivers optimize their use of the regenerative braking system so
that driving range can be enhanced through proper braking techniques.
Available for C-MAX Energi is the MyFord® Mobile smartphone
application that allows users to monitor charging, receive alerts,
find charge stations, plan trips and do more from their smartphones or
computers for an effortless transition to an electrified vehicle
C-MAX Energi will be produced at Ford's Wayne, Mich.-based Michigan
Assembly Plant alongside the new C-MAX Hybrid, Focus, Focus Electric
and Focus ST. More information about MAP can be found online here.
Customers interested in C-MAX Hybrid should visit here. A video
featuring C-MAX can be viewed online by clicking here.