Posted 12.10.2012 in Cars by Editor
Ford squares off against the Plug-in Prius with its C-Max Energi, a plug-in hybrid that delivers 21 miles of all-electric range, about double that of the Prius. At 100 MPGe, it outreaches the Prius by 5%. In addition to a longer stride, the C-Max Energi delivers 14% greater horsepower from the electric motor and an additional 43 ponies from the 2.0L I-4 HEV, a +44% margin. The drive system will deliver a combined total of 188 bhp, a surprising amount of power for what is ostensibly an economy compact but feels and drives more like a crossover.
Ford's C-Max Energi is no mild hybrid; a button on the dashboard allows drivers to select "EV Now," providing all-electric power up to a speed of 85 mph and a range of 21 miles. Ford is developing a new power cord that will eliminate the need for a dedicated charger and will cost only $500, about $1,000 less than a typical EV garage charger.
Electric Range: 21
Total Range: 620
Combined MPGe: 100
Battery Capacity: 7.6 kWh