Ford Targets Toyota Prius With C-Max Energi Crossover
By Jake Lingeman
Ford says the C-Max Energi will travel 550 miles on one tank of gas. That's the distance between Sacramento and San Diego, Calif., or about the distance from Detroit to Baltimore. The wagon will have an all-electric range of 20 miles, which Ford says doubles that of the Prius plug-in.
Ford notes that it has sold 144,000 C-Max gasoline and diesel variants in Europe since 2010. In the United States, the cars will get only hybrid powertrains for now.
The C-Max Energi will use Ford's 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, making 188 hp and generating a top speed that's higher than that of the Prius, though Ford wouldn't say what that number is. The car uses lithium-ion batteries for power as opposed to the nickel-metal-hydride batteries in some of the first-generation hybrids. Ford says they promote faster charging times.
Like most hybrids and plug-ins, the infotainment systems will promote and coach for better driving. A smartphone application will monitor charging, receive alerts and find charging stations.
The Ford C-Max Energi goes on sale this fall at one of Ford's certified dealers and will have a base sticker price of $25,995 including destination.
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