Ford announced today that when its C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid hits the U.S. market, it should be able to drive 20 miles on nothing but electricity.
An overall range of 550 miles is expected, making this the first hybrid vehicle that can drive from Sacramento to San Diego on a single tank according to Ford. The C-MAX Energi is supposed to get a 95 MPGe combined rating according to Ford. It starts at $25,995, undercutting its largest competitor, the Prius V, by $1,300.
The power comes from a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine combined with a battery-driven electric motor, which net the car 188 hp. That measures in at 50 more horsepower than the Prius plug-in hybrid. More than 144,000 gas and diesel powered units of the C-MAX have already been sold in Europe, where the car has been on sale since 2010.
“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,” said Kevin Layden, the director of Ford electrification programs and engineering.
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