The 2013 Ford C-max Energi is now available at Ford EV-certified dealers in half the states across the country.
Ford’s October surprise is that the company sold 144 of the C-max Energi plug-in hybrid vehicle. The C-max Energi hasn’t been driven by any members of the automotive media, and Ford staff have been vague about sale dates, saying it would go on sale at the end of the year.
Ford’s October sales of 144 C-Max Energi hatchbacks, plus another 118 Ford Focus Electric battery-electric cars, contributed to the highest monthly sales for plug-in electric cars since modern plug-ins went on sale in December 2010.
As Ford’s first production plug-in hybrid, the C-MAX Energi provides customers with an all-new electrified vehicle offering that delivers a class-leading 108 MPGe city EPA rating, “real car” horsepower of 195 (versus Prius plug-in’s 134 horsepower) and a leading EV-only speed of 85 mph, 20 mph above the Prius plug-in.
According to a Pike Research report, Ford’s electrified vehicle offerings will help the company join Toyota as leaders in electric vehicle sales by 2020. The report projects plug-in hybrid sales will reach nearly 48,000 units in 2012, and sell faster than the early days of conventional hybrids by later this decade.
The all-new C-MAX Energi joins Ford’s all-new electrified vehicle offerings, including the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, America’s most fuel-efficient sedan, which is on sale now. The new Fusion will also give customers the power to choose across three powertrain options – gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid.