The EPA has awarded Ford’s new C-MAX Energi a fuel efficiency rating of 108 MPGe city and 100 MPGe combined.
The EPA has awarded Ford’s new C-MAX Energi a fuel efficiency rating of 108 MPGe city and 100 MPGe combined city and highway.
When it goes on sale in early 2013, the new PHEV will join the C-MAX Hybrid as part of Ford’s first hybrid-only line of cars.
The C-MAX Energi features a 188 hp, 2.0 liter, four cylinder engine, and a 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery, which is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. Electric-only range is 20 miles, and efficiency rating is expected to be 43 mpg in hybrid mode. It offers three driver-selectable powertrain modes, and a host of high-tech features, including coaching functions to help drivers optimize fuel efficiency.
Ford has not been shy about comparing its new PHEV to Toyota’s Prius Plug-in, and happily pointed out that the C-MAX Energi’s fuel efficiency rating beats the PPI’s 95 MPGe. The Ford also edges out the Toyota in electric range, electric top speed and starting price ($29,995, after the federal tax credit).
Various Ford spokesmen have released quotes about the Energi’s fuel efficiency rating, which we can summarize as follows: It gets great gas mileage, and that’s a good thing.