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Ford expects 95 MPGe combined fuel economy, 20-mile all electric range from C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid

Ford expects the new Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid (PHEV) (earlier post) to achieve more than 20 miles of electric-only range and a 550-mile overall range on a single tank of fuel. Fuel economy is the equivalent of 95 miles per gallon (MPGe) (2.5L/100km equivalent) combined city/highway.

The C-MAX Hybrid (conventional version) is projected to have fuel economy of 47 mpg on the city cycle.

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 US, the designs of C-MAX Energi and C-MAX Hybrid are based on the gasoline- and diesel-powered European version.

Like C-MAX Hybrid, C-MAX Energi has projected total system horsepower of 188 (140 kW) 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 new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine.

C-MAX Energi 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.



Will Ford compete with Toyota with HEVs and PHEVs and with GM-Volt with PHEVs? The C-Max could appeal to many buyers.



Apparently the C-Max Hybrid (non-plug-in version) get better mileage than the Prius v, has more power and costs less. Plus it is made in the US.

I could not get much information on the plug-in version. It is not the equivalent of the Volt as it needs to run the gas engine at higher power levels or speeds (above ~47 mph) while the Volt is all electric as long as the battery lasts. Which is better would depend on your needs and driving. My commute is about 20 miles with most of it at 65 mph so I would not be able to run the C-Max Energi as a pure EV for much of my commute while the Volt would run as a pure EV for all of it but I might need to plug in at work to get all the way home on battery alone.

Roger Pham

The C-Max Energi can cruise at faster than 47 mph in all-electric mode. I suspect that it can do 65 mph. Plug in twice a day allows for a more practical PHEV than plug in only once a day. The battery can be made smaller to preserve internal space, good handling, and load-carrying capacity, and lower price premium.

With increasing proliferation of PHEV's and BEV's, it is about time that the government mandates a certain number of PEV parking spots with charging socket for each business, akin to handicap parking spot requirement.


I think 20 miles range is about perfect. Using precious battery power for highway travel when your carrying an engine thats most efficient at a cruise seems strange to me, it makes sense to have a smaller battery and have it slowly charge at highway speeds so you can have the power on demand and leave the highway able to run on full electric for the next 20 miles of the journey.


Really good news.


Ford obviously elected to compare its 2013 C-Max against the largest 2012 Toyota Prius V. Not even the same model year. Had it compared the C-Max against the 2012 Prius III it would have been another story? Ford could not be the second best for their PR campaign. We do not yet know what the 2013 Prius C, III, IV, V and VI will consume. Will they do 3%, 5% or 8% better than the 2012 models?

We have to be very careful with comparisons used by builder to promote their own products.



Yes, if you are going to make a comparison, you want to look better than what you are comparing yourself to but I believe the reasoning is that the C-Max is more similar in size to Prius v. They also claim that the C-Max Plug-in is able to run at higher speeds in full electric mode than the Prius Plug-in but I had trouble finding a real documented max electric speed for either vehicle other than the following comment from Ford:

"It builds on the powersplit architecture Ford uses in its current hybrids, allowing it to operate in fuel-saving electric mode beyond 47 mph (76 km/h)."

47.1 mph is beyond 47 mph but so is 147 mph so I am not even sure what this means.

What better meets your needs depends on your needs. Your Camry or whatever you drive gets better mileage than my Silverado but will it haul 4' x 10' steel plate
or drive off-road. I also had a Suzuki DRZ-400 (dual-sport or on/off road motorcycle) that got better mileage than a Prius and would go places that even the 4x4 pickup would not go but was it better? Depends.


The C-Max is about a foot shorter than an Prius V, but it has more headroom. Probably should be compared to a standard Prius Liftback not the V. Its supposed to run at up to 62mph on electrics, before the engine comes on.


In looking at more data, Toyota compares the Prius v to the Ford Escape Hybrid, a sort-of small SUV. Not sure what this proves either other than if you are going to make a comparison, make yourself look better than the competition.

HarveyD is a smart PR game to compare your product against another product with lesser performances, even if it is not the same size etc.

PR people expect readers to be stupid.

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