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.
Amazingly, Ford’s electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles – like the Ford C-MAX Energi -- are simply a harmonious fusion of different technologies as covered by around 500 patents. These patents exclude hundreds of pending trademark applications.
Ford’s C-MAX vehicles are the products of 20 years of Ford research and innovation, and they have been confirmed to be appealing in terms of design technology, as backed by over 100,000 units delivered in Europe since it was introduced in 2010. Now, Ford’s C-MAX hybrids are bound to be the carmaker’s first dedicated hybrid vehicle line, as well as North America’s first multi-activity vehicle.
Amy Machesney, marketing manager for the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi, quipped that these vehicles are designed to cater to the needs of customers seeking to optimize their hybrid car experience. Machesney noted that the target customers for the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi are those who have concern for the environment. These customers might have owned a hybrid vehicle before and are now primed for better choices that are more stylish and more versatile, while boasting of a better performance.
Ford expects the C-MAX Hybrid to lead its class in terms of fuel economy, thereby outperforming the Toyota Prius v in both city and highway miles per gallon (equivalent).