Test drive results of the 2015 Ford’s C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric car was way better than expected. It totally raised the bar and made even more confident in the product.
The C-MAX Energi is expected to delivered a fuel economy better than the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid with an overall 600 plus driving range.
Ford’s acclaimed powersplit technology gave me electric mode at higher speeds of 55 or 60.
C-MAX is the right car for the Northeast roads as it handles like an SUV with better performance and fuel economy than Toyota. <
Ford C-MAX Hybrid Plus Energi PHEV Deliver Leading Fuel Economy Plus Range
Ford’s near-term ev plan wanted to get an all electric range of once in 2014 at 42 miles but did an average 30-35 mile range in 2015.
< The C-MAX line hits impressive fuel efficiency and range figures without sacrificing driving performance. “With C-MAX, you get road-holding capability, sportiness and performance in addition to leading fuel economy, great versatility, great features and great technology in a package designed to exceed customer expectations,” said John Davis, C-MAX chief nameplate engineer.
When powered by gasoline, the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi use the all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine – a powerful and fuel-efficient engine and among the most advanced non-turbocharged four-cylinder powertrains Ford has ever offered.
The electric motors of the C-MAX Energi hybrids are powered by advanced lithium-ion (li-ion) battery systems meant to perform real world EV performance versus limited on hills or high speeds to make them Ford tough. LOL.
In the C-MAX Hybrid, the li-ion battery pack is recharged when the gasoline engine is in operation.
Further, the regenerative braking system recaptures more than 95 percent of the braking energy that would otherwise be lost, and is able to use that power to help charge the battery.