The new Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid is officially rated at 100 MPGe combined by the EPA making it the most fuel efficient plug-in model in America.
Aimed directly at the Toyota Prius Plug-In, which loses out by a minor 5 MPGe margin, the C-Max Energi is one of Ford’s solutions to rising gas prices – along with the Focus Electric – and is the brand’s first plug-in hybrid. Ford says customers can save nearly $7,000 in fuel over five years compared to an average new car. Of course, that means Prius Plug-In buyers would enjoy roughly the same savings.
“With $5-per-gallon gasoline, C-Max Energi customers essentially will pay $1.25 per gallon for the same distance traveled compared with average vehicles estimated to achieve 23 mpg,”John Davis, chief engineer for the C-Max Energi said.
While the overall Prius family is a household name in hybrid technology, Ford’s C-Max Energi is proving to be a popular take. It outsold all other hybrids bearing the blue oval badge in September – it’s first month of sales.
Toyota’s name carries a certain credence with buyers, but a lower price might be enough to make some new car buyers swoon.
If market reaction to the Chevrolet Volt over pure EVs is any indication of future buying patterns, plug-in hybrids could easily prove to be the next big step in fuel-efficient transportation.
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