We’ve looked at the benefits of driving Electric Vehicles, as well as the similarities and differences between plug-in hybrids, hybrids, and all-electrics. Ford plug-in models perform differently, so let’s examine the benefits of the C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid.
For most car buyers considering the switch to a plug-in hybrid, their wallet makes the final decision. And that wallet needs to know one thing: Will buying a plug-in hybrid save a few loonies by plugging in compared to pulling up to the pump?
In a C-MAX Energi, the electrons flow while the gasoline trickles, for unrivalled performance and efficiency
Plug-in hybrids have a battery that you can charge accompanied by a gas engine. Drivers can make shorter trips at cruising speeds without burning a drop of gas in all-electric mode, but still hit the open road for longer trips in conventional gas-powered mode.
Like their all-electric vehicle counterparts, hybrids regenerate their charge during braking and can be plugged in at their destination to recharge onboard batteries as well.
For the 2016 C-MAX Energi, charging the 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery off-peak, at a rate of ¢ 8.3/kWh, would cost $0.63, and would get you an approximate range of 30 km.
So if, for example, you worked less than 15 km away from home, you could commute gas-free every work day for the month, and it would only cost you about $12.60 in electricity for the whole month. Not too shabby.
The end of “range anxiety”
Here’s another way to look at the Energi’s benefits over old-fashioned gas-powered cars. The efficient two-litre Atkinson-cycle engine averages 6.1 litres per 100KM* when using gas both in the city and on the highway. When using only the electric motor, the car consumes the equivalent of 2.7Le/100KM.*
Going one step deeper into the benefits of owning a vehicle that has both a gas engine and electric motor under the hood, the C-MAX Energi boasts skills as a range anxiety slayer. With a total combined gas and EV range of over 850 km*, gone are the days of sweating about finding a plug or pump on trips across town or across the country.
When you look at the numbers for the C-MAX Energi, it’s no surprise that a growing number of customers are taking a long, hard look at Ford’s electric vehicle line. When it comes to savings and performance, these Fords are hard to beat!
And now with incentives in some provinces^, you can get into a plug-in hybrid Ford for equal or less than its all-gas counterpart. So go ahead, find your nearest dealer today.
* Estimated Fuel consumption ratings for 2016 C-MAX Energi 2.0L I4 CVT: 5.8L/100km city, 6.5L/100km hwy, and 6.1L/100km combined on gas only, and 2.7Le/100km combined on electric and gas combined, based on Government of Canada approved test methods. Le/100km is the Government of Canada equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation. Actual fuel consumption will vary.
^ Incentive is provided by the provincial governments of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec and is subject to cancellation or change without notice. Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited is not responsible for any changes to or cancellation of the incentive and makes no representations about eligibility. Please consult your provincial government or Ford dealer for more information. Rebate amount varies by eligible vehicle and payment option. Certain conditions apply.