After already trumping the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid in terms of better fuel efficiency, a longer electric-only driving range, more cabin space and a lower MSRP, the Ford C-MAX Energi has now stuck another fork into its “rival.” Ford Dealer In NC told us the Blue Oval recently confirmed that its plug-in hybrid utility vehicle also will have a higher top speed than the Toyota when both are in an all-electric driving mode. The C-MAX Energi will be capable of reaching 85 mph driven solely by its electric motor, while the Prius Plug-in peters out at 65 mph. According to Sacramento Used Cars, the Ford will have no problem keeping up with highway traffic under electric power.
But Cincinnati Ford said that’s just one way that owners can make the most out of the C-MAX Energi’s electric powertrain; thanks to an exclusive one-touch, three-mode EV system, drivers can:
- Set the C-MAX Energi to “EV: Auto” mode, in which the car’s powertrain computer manages the electric and gasoline power for optimum efficiency.
- Choose “EV: Now” mode and use the C-MAX Energi like a true electric vehicle, with the gasoline engine remaining off for more than 20 miles of all-electric, zero-emissions driving (on a full charge).
- Opt for the “EV: Later” mode to save the C-MAX Energi’s electric charge for specific driving scenarios, such as traveling in urban areas.
“We understand customers place a high value on the zero-emission electrified driving experience,” said Ford’s vice president of Powertrain Engineering, Joe Bakaj. “This inspired our engineering team to equip the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid with a button that enables drivers to choose an electric-only driving mode.
“C-MAX Energi uses technology in new ways to provide customers smart choices in maximizing their energy usage based on where and how they drive their vehicles.”