2013 Ford C-Max Energi Will Hit 85 MPH In All-Electric Mode

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2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid

2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid

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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 hybrid

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  • EV:Auto passes over control of all-electric mode to the C-Max Energi’s on-board computer, automatically switching between hybrid and all-electric mode as it drives along.
  • EV:Now allows the driver to use electric-only power until the C-Max Energi’s plug-in battery pack is depleted, or when extra power is needed to supplement the electric motors.
  • EV:Later is similar to the charge-holding feature of the 2013 Chevrolet Volt. It allows the driver to defer use of the plug-in battery pack for later, ideal for a commute involving high-speed freeway driving before hitting busy city streets. 

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. 


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Comments (8)
  1. Well done Ford, but the slow release of data is getting annoying :)

  2. This does look as a very practical EV proposition. 85 MPH on battery alone is impressive too but I wonder how long that puny 7.5KWH battery will last if it has to cough up that sort of power on a regular basis

  3. Did Ford provide the 7.5 kWh figure, or is that someone's estimate? Is that the usable part of the battery, or the total capacity? Ford did say two things: (1) It would take 3-4 hours to charge on a 30 amp 240 volt circuit and (2) It's got a 3.3 kWh charger. So... a Volt drinks 2.6 kWh per hour on those conditions (3.3 kWh charger, 30 amp 240 volt)... which would imply that any 7.5 kWh number is the usable portion; not the total capacity. Total capacity would be somewhere around 11 kWh? Thoughts?

  4. @ 85mph, my Volt is a getting about 2-2.5 miles per KWh, depending on the grade of the road. A 7.5KWh battery will provide no better than 15 miles in that range @ 85mph. With Heat on, it will potentially be even lower... But as long as it can do it with all driver inputs (including flooring the car), then it is a respectable EV...

  5. Mo photos, please. And Ford...get that price below $27k and you'll sell a ton of 'em.

  6. What is the performance spec? 0-30mph? 0-60mph? skid pad? braking? Turning radius? noise level?

  7. @Xiaolong: As is its practice of late, Ford is dribbling out information in little teeny-weeny pieces to get maximum exposure. So far, none of that information is available from Ford, and no independent media outlet has been able to drive the vehicle. So at this time, your questions cannot be answered.

  8. I guess Ford really just tease the public with as little info as possible. It seems like we are getting about 1 piece of information per every 2 weeks from Ford on this...

    I guess by early 2013, we should have all the information then..

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