Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ford C-Max Energi Hybrid passes 100 mpg

Forget longtime crosstown rivals GM and ChryslerFord has Toyota in its sights in its battle for fuel-efficiency supremacy. The Dearborn-based automaker recently boasted that its new 2013 C-Max Hybrid beats the almighty Toyota Prius in mpg. Now Ford is claiming a new fuel-efficiency title with its C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid -- and, of course, comparing it to the Prius Plug-in.

New 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE (Gray Hatchback) Near Grand Rapids

Ford revealed that the Energi has been rated by the EPA at 100 mpg equivalent (mpg) combined, making it "America's most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid," according to the automaker. This compares to the Prius Plug-in’s 95 combined mpg and the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid’s 98 combined mpg.

But even though it achieves a few more mpg than its rivals, the C-Max Energi will face a small potential plug-in market and will also have to play catch-up when it goes on sale later this year.

The cutting-edge vehicles aren't exactly flying off dealer lots, since plug-in technology is still relatively new and consumers are confused about everything from charging to "range anxiety." Toyota sold 1,652 Prius Plug-Ins last month (compared to a total of 18,932 for all Prius models). Chevy sold 2,851 Volts in September, while the non-plug-in version of the C-Max Hybrid sold 969 units during the same period.

And although the Ford C-Max Energi has better mpg numbers than the Prius and Volt plug-ins, will mainstream consumers even notice -- or care? 

[Source: Autoblog]