At a base price of $29,995, the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi is the most affordably-priced plug-in hybrid in America, according to Ford. In pricing the C-Max Energi below $30,000, Ford is squaring off against the 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid, undercutting it in price – and beating it in performance, Ford says.
The pricing advantage
Of course, that $29,995 C-Max Energi base price is after the federal tax credit. The 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid’s least expensive model is priced from $30,260 (including destination charges and after federal tax credit).
The actual C-Max Energi base price is $33,745 (including $795 destination charges). Applying the $3,750 eligible federal tax credit brings the starting price down to the under-$30,000 level.
Why is the C-Max Energi’s federal tax credit more than the $2,750 for the 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid? As our colleagues at Green Car Reports point out, federal tax credits are directly proportional to the size of the battery pack in each car. Thus, with a bigger battery pack than the Prius plug-in, the C-Max Energi qualifies for the larger tax credit.
Pricing advantage = C-Max Energi.
Longer electric-only driving range
Another advantage for the C-Max Energi is its 20-mile driving range in electric-only mode. This beats the EPA-certified 11-mpg driving range in electric-only mode of the Prius plug-in hybrid.
As for total range, it’s a 10-mile advantage for the C-Max Energi, which achieves 550 miles compared to 540 for the Prius plug-in.
When the C-Max Energi hatchback goes on sale this fall, it is expected to have a combined EPA-rating of 95 mile per gallon equivalent (MPGe) – the same as the Prius plug-in.
The C-Max Energi has a projected 188 horsepower total system output from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and battery-powered electric motor.
Available to order soon
Ford says consumers will be able to order the all-new 2013 C-Max Energi “soon” at Ford Certified EV dealers. In the meantime, build your own “virtual” C-Max Energi at the Ford website configurator.