Ford C-Max Energi Rated at 100 MPGe Combined

Ford C-Max Energi Rated at 100 MPGe Combined

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.

Get the Flash Player to see this player.