The fuel economy war between carmakers Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. is heating up, especially after the US carmaker disclosed the certification issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency on its 2013 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. Ford revealed this week that the C-Max Energi has been certified by the EPA to able to cruise up to 620 miles on a single charge and a tank of gasoline.
This means that C-Max Energi outranges its closest rivals, the 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid (540 miles) and the 2013 Chevrolet Volt (380 miles). However, it should be noted that C-Max Energi has a larger fuel tank than the Prius plug-in hybrid and Volt.
To note C-Max Energi’s advantage over its rivals, Ford said its vehicle could travel up to 21 miles in all-electric, and has an EPA-certified equivalent of 100 mpg in combined city and highway driving. In comparison, the Prius plug-in and the Volt have mpg ratings of 95 mpg-e combined and 98 mpg-e combined respectively.
In September 2012, Ford gained advantage over its rivals when its 2013 Fusion hybrid was certified by the EPA to provide 47 mpg city/47 highway/47 combined in hybrid mode – beating the Toyota Camry hybrid by 8 mpg on the highway and 4 mpg in city driving.
Ford is hoping to further emphasize its fuel economy advantage later this year with the Fusion Energi plug-in, which it expects to deliver 100 mpg-e. The C-Max Energi has a starting price of $33,745, including destination. But it should drop to $29,995 when federal income tax credits take effect.