Ford has revealed that the C-MAX Energi, the hybrid Plug-in version of its popular MPV, should be able to travel up to a maximum of 32 km (20 miles) on EV mode only, boasting also a maximum range of about 885 km (550 miles) when hybrid and petrol engines work together. The Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-in should have an average fuel consumption of 2.48 liters per 100 km (62 miles), which is more than 40 kilometers (25 miles) on a liter of petrol. The petrol engine is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder which, in combination with the electric motor, would produce a maximum output of 188 horsepower.
When it was unveiled at the CES in Vegas last year, the model was actually credited with far worse figures in terms of range, and that bit actually had quite a few eyebrows raising. Ford engineers surely took notice of that and begun working to further improve the efficiency of the car, adjusting the power delivery in order to earn dozens of miles in terms of total range, and they’ve done a good job indeed: the 32 km of autonomy on electric power only are very attractive, surely enough to complete short trips at a very low cost and without emitting any CO2.
The Ford C-MAX Energi is expected to hit the showrooms this fall, roughly the same time when its -supposedly - most fierce rival on this segment of the market, the new Toyota Prius Plug-in, will also make its debut. Still no word on price and performance figures, but we will be waiting for more news from the Blue Oval on the matter.