DEARBORN, MI – Ford Motor Co. reported estimated fuel economy and range figures for the plug-in hybrid of its new C-MAX, the C-MAX Energi. The automaker said it expects its C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid will get 95 MPGe combined city/highway fuel economy, 550 miles of overall range, and 20 miles of electric-only range.
Ford said the C-MAX Energi starts at a base MSRP of $33,745, but that after a federal tax credit pf $3,750, the vehicle's base price will be $29,995. The automaker said the costs of its new hybrid system is 30% less than its previous system. In addition, Ford stated it developed the hybrid battery system, hybrid transmission system, and software for the vehicle in-house.
The C-MAX Energi comes equipped with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine. Overall, Ford projects 188 hp for the total system’s horsepower. The vehicle uses lithium-ion batteries as part of the hybrid system rather than the nickel-metal hydride batteries in the automaker’s first generation of hybrids.
The vehicle also offers Ford’s SmartGauge with EcoGuide, which shows current fuel economy on one of two 4.2-inch LCD screens. Green leaves show the vehicle’s overall driving efficiency on the right cluster. The left cluster shows the Brake Coach display, a feature that helps a drives optimize use of the regenerative braking system.
Ford is also offering the MyFord Mobile smartphone application, designed to work with the C-MAX Energi, that allows users to monitor vehicle charging, receive alerts, find charging stations, and make trip-related plans.
The automaker is building the C-MAX Energi at its Michigan Assembly Plant, on the same line as its C-MAX Hybrid, Focus, Focus Electric, and Focus ST.
You can view a video of the C-MAX Hybrid (which uses the same vehicle platform as the Energi), below.
Updated 7/24/2012, 8:35 a.m. with additional information from Ford.