After officially confirming that the plug-in hybrid will return 108 mpge combined, the EPA has now certified the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi with an all-electric driving range of 21 miles and a total driving range of 620 miles. Both of those numbers beat out the Ford C-Max Energi's chief rival, the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid.
The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi has a 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor, as well as a 141-hp 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine. According to the EPA's new range rating, a fully charged C-Max Energi can drive 21 miles at speeds of up to 85 mph. Factoring in the additional range possible on a full tank of gasoline, the C-Max Energi could hypothetical travel 620 miles before stopping to refuel.
That's enough, Ford claims, to drive from Detroit to New York in one go, or from San Francisco to Las Vegas. We're eager to put that to the test with long road trips once we get to drive the new C-Max Energi.
More important for Ford's marketing team, the ratings exceed those of the C-Max Energi's rivals from Toyota and General Motors. The EPA says the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid will travel 11 miles on electrical power alone, and a total of 540 miles on a full tank of gas and fully charged battery. The 2013 Chevrolet Volt can manage 38 miles on electric propulsion and a total of 380 miles on gas and electricity according to the administration.
"We expect many C-Max Energi customers will commute largely on electricity, yet will still have the range, space and flexibility to take a long road trip without stopping every few hours," Ford C-Max chief engineer John Davis said in a statement.
The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi goes on sale later this year from $33,745 (after destination). The car goes on sale in 19 markets this fall: Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Detroit, Michigan; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, California; New York, New York; Orlando, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; Portland, Oregon; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; San Diego, California; San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; Tucson, Arizona; and Washington, D.C. Then in early 2013, Ford will make the C-Max Energi nationwide. Ford also will launch the slightly less efficient C-Max Hybrid this fall. It returns 47/47 mpg (city/highway) and costs $25,995.