Ford’s 2013 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid has higher EPA efficiency ratings with 100 mpge combined than the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid with 95 mpge. The mpge metric used by the EPA stands for miles per gallon equivalent to compare the efficiency of traditional gasoline vehicles and plug-in electric models.
On just electric power, the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi can be driven for approximately 20 miles at speeds up to 85 mph. As soon as the 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery runs out, a 141-hp 2.0-liter inline-four engine kicks in so that the C-Max Energi could be driven as a traditional hybrid. The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi’s EPA rating means that it is more energy efficient than majority of plug-in hybrids on the market.
These are the ratings of other models in this segment: Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid (95 mpge combined); Chevrolet Volt (94 mpge); Fisker Karma (54 mpge in EPA testing); and Honda (which claims that its 2014 Accord plug-in hybrid has at least 100 mpge). Furthermore, Ford said that its C-Max Energi will return 108 mpge in city driving and it will offer an overall driving range of 550 miles on a fully charged battery and full tank of gasoline.
2013 Ford C-Max Energi will start selling later in 2012 and has a starting price of $33,745 (including destination costs). However, it qualifies for a $3750 tax credit that could reduce its effective price to $29,995. In addition, Ford launched the 2013 C-Max Hybrid, which has a smaller battery and cannot be plugged in. However, its energy efficiency is a bit lower. It has a rating of 47/47 mpg (city/highway) and is priced at $25,995 (including destination costs).
Considered to be the new flagship of Toyota’s Prius range, the brand recently launched the Prius Plug-in Hybrid. With this latest offering, the Prius is now the first full hybrid vehicle that comes as a stand-alone and complete model lineup. The Prius+ meanwhile, which can seat seven, is aimed at families that want flexibility while needing the space offered by many large vehicles.
This version, according to Toyota, is expected to go on sale in Europe. In addition to being environment-friendly, the new Plug-in Hybrid will also appeal to a wide array of customers mainly due to the additional EV range of 25 km. This extended EV range was a result of the extensive feedback on its trial projects that Toyota gathered for a period of 5 years. Toyota added that this same extended EV range will be implemented on the brand’s new PHEV.
According to the brand, 25 km is the best compromise that it came up with when it came to performance, vehicle weight, packing, EV range, and price. Further, this same range is just enough to meet the everyday commuting needs of around 80% of Europeans.
Through these three new models, the brand hopes that the customer base of the Prius range will increase and with it a corresponding increase in sales. The CO2 emissions of the models are, 89 g/km for the Prius, 89 g/km for the Prius+, and 49 g/km for the Prius Plug-in Hybrid. These figures clearly show that they are truly unmatched.