Ford Motor Company has announced the company’s rollout plans for the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi last August 7, 2012. According to the statement provided by Ford, the first batch of the C-Max Energi will start arriving at the company’s dealerships in 19 US markets this fall. After this, the vehicle will be launched nationwide in the earlier parts of 2013 and the company’s dealerships in all of the 50 states will start selling the C-Max Energi by then.
The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi will be sold at a starting price of $33, 745 including the destination charge of $795. The current starting price of this vehicle suggests that it is more expensive compared to the 2012 Toyota Prius Two which is sold at a current starting price of $24,760 including the destination charge of $760. Although the C-Max is more expensive than the Prius Two, it is still cheaper compared to the 2012 Chevrolet Volt which is sold at a starting price of $39,995 including the destination charge of $850.
But aside from providing the company’s plan and some of the basic information regarding the C-Max Energi, Ford has also enumerated some of the vehicle’s characteristics that were not previously announced. According to the company’s representative, the C-Max Energi will be propelled by an electric motor and a gasoline engine that are capable of producing a combined output of 195 horsepower and a maximum range of 550 miles.
The representative has also confirmed that the vehicle will also be introduced with an “EV Button” that the driver could use to change the vehicle’s operation from one mode to another. This simply means that the vehicle was built to run in three modes. The first mode is the “electric-only” or the one that does not use the power from the gasoline engine. The second mode is the “normal hybrid” while the third is the “battery-saving” mode which is designed to save the power stored in the vehicle’s battery pack for future use.
Finally, Ford’s announcement has also hinted that the 2013 C-Max Energi was basically produced to battle with the Toyota Prius. The car maker has even bragged that the C-Max has already beaten the Prius V in the fuel economy race. In addition to this, Ford has also take pride in revealing that the C-Max Energi could actually cover about 20 miles using the power from its battery alone and could go as fast as 85 miles per gallon. However, it is quite notable that Ford has never mentioned anything about the 2013 Chevrolet Volt which is also viewed as one of the C-Max Energi’s top competitors.