Hybrid car drivers like to do everything possible to ensure their cars spend as much time as possible in all-electric mode.
Ford said yesterday that its 2013 C Max Energi can travel on electricity alone at speeds up to 85 mph. We’re sure plug-in hybrid fans around the world are rejoicing
Most efficient at low-speed, the all-electric mode of cars like the 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid allows drivers to make short trips without burning a single drop of gasoline.
In the 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid however, any driving above 51 mph will cause the car’s gasoline engine to kick in, spoiling your zero-emission jaunt.
Capable of up to 85 mph in all-electric mode, well beyond most speed limits, the $33,745 Ford C-Max Energi shouldn’t be afflicted with the same problem.
Ford is keen to point out too, that the C-Max Energi has three distinct modes that allow the driver to control how and when all-electric mode is engaged.
2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid
2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybridEnlarge Photo
We’re glad to see Ford is giving control of when and how the C-Max Energi uses its battery pack to the driver.
However, it’s worth noting that while it is capable of traveling at up to 85 mph in all-electric mode, extended driving at speeds approaching the upper limit will drastically reduce the C-Max Energi’s hoped 20-mile all-electric range.
While the EPA has released official ratings for the 2013 C-Max Hybrid, the C-Max Energi has yet to be rated, although Ford is confidently predicting a combined gasoline + electric range of 550 miles and a combined EPA rating of around 95 MPGe.
Available to order now at select Ford dealers -- ostensibly the same dealers that are certified to sell its 2012 Focus Electric -- the C-Max Energi will follow the C-Max Hybrid to market later this year.