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  (Source: strumors.automobilemag.com)
The Toyota Prius plug-in has a 540-mile range while the Chevrolet Volt has a 380-mile range

After receivng an EPA rating of 100 miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe) city/highway combined, Ford's C-MAX Energi has now been named the king of range with 620 miles per tank/charge.

According to Ford, the C-MAX Energi crushes the competition with an EPA rated 108 MPGe city and an EPA rated 620-mile overall driving range. The Energi is also capable of traveling 21 miles in all-electric mode and has 195 horsepower with a fully charged battery.

The Toyota Prius plug-in, on the other hand, has a 540-mile range while the Chevrolet Volt has a 380-mile range.


Not only will the C-MAX Energi be America's most fuel efficient vehicle with the longest range, but it will also be the most affordable. It has a starting price of $29,995, but is eligible for the federal tax credit. The EPA label also noted that customers could save almost $7,000 in gas over the course of five years with the C-MAX Energi.

“C-MAX Energi is America’s most efficient utility vehicle, a great symbol of how Ford gives customers the power to choose leading fuel-efficiency across our lineup with gas prices spiraling upwards of $5 a gallon in some parts of the country,” said John Davis, C-MAX chief engineer. “The C-MAX Energi’s leading range also means customers can spend more time on the road and more money on their priorities instead of at the gas pump.”

Ford also mentioned that the C-MAX Energi's range was designed to address congestion problems. A longer electric range means no wasted fuel while sitting in traffic.

The C-MAX Energi, due out this Fall, will also offer many of Ford's features like SYNC with MyFord Touch, MyFord Mobile, ECO Cruise and SmartGauge with EcoGuide.


Source: Ford



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Range is just a marketing point
By Mint on 10/19/2012 11:16:24 PM , Rating: 3
as it only takes 5 minutes to add hundreds of miles that takes 5+ hours to drive. Any manufacturer can give any gas/PHEV car more range if they wanted to, but it's just a really low priority for car buyers.

Tiffany, you should probably note that the $29,995 price is after the tax credit (which is only $3750 for this car, as it doesn't have as much battery capacity/range as a Volt), not before. It's somewhat bizarre seeing some carmakers not take advantage of the full credit, as it's likely that the marginal cost of a longer range is less than the tax credit, but it has some minor advantages in space, weight, and marketing.

What's interesting is that the Energi model (the plugin) is, after tax credit, only $2k more than the similarly equipped C-Max hybrid SEL (which is in turn $3k more than the base hybrid). That'll pay for itself after 3 years, and even less if you can charge at work. I also expect that at some point, the Energi will cost less than the SEL to lease, as it will have higher residual value: Not only will the next buyer pay less for gas, but the ICE will have less miles on it since half the driving (or more) is done on electricity.




RE: Range is just a marketing point
By Ringold on 10/20/2012 9:30:39 PM , Rating: 1
Respectfully disagree on range. The more the merrier IMO, as I occasionally do undertake an extended road trip, and some times getting off on an exit and hunting down a gas station can take a good bit more then 5 minutes.

Then there's some places (West Texas..) where a Volt would require semi-careful route planning, what with the occasional "Last gas station for 1xx miles" signs. C-MAX Energi, no worries. I can appreciate that.

That said, it wouldnt sway me too much for an EV. The Volt's top range would indeed be a cross-country pain, but in the city no, as that'd mostly all be EV. But all else being equal, the more the merrier.

Agree with all your other comments on the car, though. I do think it at least looks better than the Prius.


RE: Range is just a marketing point
By Nutzo on 10/22/2012 11:49:57 AM , Rating: 2
The problem with the Volt, is that once you switch to gas, the milage is not very good. It's milage on gas is more like a ICE car as opposed to a hybrid.

The C-Max Hybrid is rated at 47MPG, and the C-Max Energi gets similar milage when it swiches to gas.


RE: Range is just a marketing point
By Mint on 10/22/2012 4:15:24 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think that's a big problem. Most people will do 80%+ of their driving on electricity. Another 20% saving on the remaining mileage really doesn't add up to a whole lot.

If you drive at least 35 miles 300 days per year, you get 10,500 miles on electricity for about $452. Do another 2,000 miles on gas (~$216 @ $4/gal) for vacation and other excess miles during the year, and you're up to the national average mileage of 12,500.

A 30 MPG combined car would have annual fuel costs of $1666, the current Volt is $668, and a better Volt (say, 43MPG on gas) would be $638.

I don't think 7.5 gal/yr ($2.50 per month) is a dealbreaker...


RE: Range is just a marketing point
By Mint on 10/22/2012 4:24:30 PM , Rating: 2
I believe you, but I still don't think too many people care about it. The variance in interior volume between competing cars is a lot more than a few gallons, yet none of the makers with extra space bother reallocating it towards a larger tank.

It really is a low priority, either by consumers themselves or by the way manufacturers mistakenly perceive consumer desires (which IMO is unlikely).


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