Ford's C-MAX Energi Receives 620-Mile EPA-Rated Driving Range
October 19, 2012 7:26 PM
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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
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.
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.
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RE: BUT WAIT -
10/22/2012 3:54:10 PM
Note the EPA quote talks about the
. That's the plugin, which can do 6,000+ miles/yr at 100 MPGe (or about $240/yr). 30MPG would cost you $800-1000/yr for just those electric miles, i.e. $2800-3800 over 5 years.
Add another 10k miles/yr at 45MPG, and you save an additional $2200-2700 per year. On top of that, 30MPG average is very high for a compact MPV, which is basically a small minivan. The Mazda5 gets 24MPG, the Dodge Journey and Kia Rondo get 22MPG, etc.
That bumps the electric driving savings to $4200+ and the gas driving savings to $4500+ over 80,000 total miles compared to competitors, assuming $4/gal (which seems like a low average to us in CA).
$7000 over 5 years is a pretty reasonable estimate.
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