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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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Charge !!!
By SuckRaven on 10/22/2012 2:06:45 AM , Rating: 2
It will be interesting to see businesses, and probably to a lesser degree residences begin to police their outdoors electrical outlets to curb "pirate" charge-bys.

The other day, I saw someone with a Volt behind a Taco Bell hooked up to one of the outside outlets, and looking pensive, like someone was going to bust their chops for stealing electricity.

Interestingly enough, in many EU countries, a ban on things like charging your cell phones at work as implemented years ago.

I would imagine as we begin to catch up to the "every bit of energy counts" mentality, this kind of policing will become more and more commonplace.

RE: Charge !!!
By Dr of crap on 10/22/2012 12:07:24 PM , Rating: 2

<rolls eyes>

RE: Charge !!!
By titanmiller on 10/22/2012 6:13:52 PM , Rating: 2
A ban on charging cell phones???? What is the reason behind that nonsense?

On the subject of charging at stores and stuff, I think that it could be a competitive advantage for stores to put metered outlets at parking spots. Maybe their deal of the day is 5 cents per kilowatt hour while a competing store charges 8 cents. It would help attract customers....maybe even a free charge to get people in their store.

I seriously think that this business model will be key in the future. It will give stores a reason to install chargers and it will help keep range anxiety at bay. Additionally, it will help prevent deep cycling of batteries since they can stay mostly topped off.

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