Wednesday, August 8, 2012

2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Officially EPA-certified At 47 MPG

The all-new 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid, with the combined energy of an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery and the 2.0L Atkinson-cycle I-4 gas engine, is now officially EPA-certified at 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined, the same fuel economy whether driving cross-country or across the city with a top speed of up to 62 mph in EV mode. The gas engine and the electric motor work together to deliver maximum horsepower with the engine kicking in extra power when needed, such as when passing or merging to provide the main source of power.

SmartGauge® with EcoGuide helps the driver get better fuel efficiency by providing growing green leaves in the gauge cluster as a reward for economical driving and ECO Cruise, assists in optimizing powertrain elements for economical highway travel. The Ford C-MAX Hybrid has a base price of $25,995, including destination and delivery and is currently available for order at select dealerships. Ford brags that the C-Max is rated at 7 mpg better than the Toyota Prius for $1,300 less.

The all-new C-MAX Energi Plug-in is hybrid plus combining a high-voltage lithium-ion battery and electric motor with a gasoline engine. The C-MAX Energi has a button that lets you switch between EV Now, Auto EV and EV Later so you can choose which mode to drive in electric only, gasoline only, or a combination of gas and electric. The plug-in capability allows you to fully charge easily in under three hours using a 240-volt charging station, or overnight using a standard 120-volt outlet.The Energi starts at $33,745 including $795 destination charge.