Buyers of the 2013 C-Max Energi are eligible for a $3,750 federal tax credit and, in California, a $1,500 rebate.
Those of us who don’t live in California may fail to grasp the cosmic significance of access to the state’s high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. However, for those who ply the freeways of the Golden State, a small key-shaped sticker is as avidly sought after as a certain gold-plated statuette.
That coveted emblem, the Green Clean Air Vehicle Sticker (GCAVS), allows enlightened vehicle owners to use the HOV lanes, even if there’s only one person in the car. Ford announced this week that its 2013 C-Max Energi has earned the right to bear such a badge, along with the exalted title of Enhanced Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (AT PZEV).
The C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid is certified by the EPA at 100 MPGe and has a 21-mile all-electric range. It’s scheduled to be released in the US in November with a MSRP of $33,745. Buyers are eligible for a $3,750 federal tax credit and, in California, a $1,500 rebate.