Ford C-Max Energi hits 100 MPGe combined efficiency rating

Posted by Thomas Anderson

Ford has confirmed that its new 2013 C-Max Energi has received an official EPA certified fuel efficiency rating of 108 MPGe in the city and 92 MPGe on the highway - for a combined rating of 100 MPGe.

Ford says the fuel efficiency of its plug-in hybrid vehicle will save drivers about $7000 in fuel costs over five years.

"From fuel efficiency to innovative technologies to the performance and price, everything we’ve done for the last 20 years in the area of hybrid vehicle technology has led up to this," explained Ford exec John Davis. 

The C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid capable of delivering 620 miles on a single tank of gas and a fully charged battery. According to Ford, the Energi can travel 80 miles further than the Toyota Prius plug-in. The C-Max Energi is also the most affordable plug-in hybrid in the country with an MSRP of $29,995 - after a federal tax credit.

The C-Max Energi can drive up to 21 miles on electricity only and is also equipped with Ford's new EV+ mode which learns frequent destinations based on streaming GPS information - automatically allowing the vehicle to extend its use of electric mode.

Power output for the vehicle is also superior to the Energi's Toyota rivals, with the C-Max Energi boasting 195 net system horsepower with a fully charged battery, which Ford claims is 60 more horsepower than the Prius plug-in.

The combustion engine of the Ford vehicle is a two-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder unit, while the battery packs  7.6 kWh of power and recharges in 2.5 hours from a 240 V station.