Introducing the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi – the electric vehicle touted as the ideal entry-level option for those crossing the border into the market for the very first time.
Ford launched the 2013 C-Max Energi as a means by which to tap into a market that hasn’t quite made its mind up about the EV subject as a whole, hoping that it’s modest though mighty little package would be enough to sway floating voters for the long run.
And judging by early reviews and teardowns of the thing, the new C-Max Energi may have just hit the nail on the head nicely.
The car itself is of course a new spin on the Ford C-Max Hybrid, which is a vehicle that in dozens of ways adds a new dictionary definition to the word practical. Most tests of the Hybrid C-Max came back with fuel-economy figures of around the 43MPG mark, while event the pickiest of souls praised its room interior and general comfort levels.
In the case of the 2013 C-Max Energi on the other hand, the battery pack has inevitably been expanded quite significantly and therefore cabin and cargo space is down a little…but not really enough to pick fault at. And of course, the big bonus of incorporating a suitably big battery is that it allows the 2013 Energi to run for a good 21 miles or so on pure electric.
According to EPA, the 2013 C-Max Energi is able to serve up 41MPG highway driving and 44MPG city, along with an equivalent 100MPG combined in terms of pure electric driving. That being said however, it is almost impossible to offer fuel-economy figures that mean anything at all in the world of hybrids and EVs, as it depends entirely on how far they are driven, how fast, how often and how frequently they are plugged in.
As far as the downsides go, some have pointed out that the maneuverability of the 2013 C-Max Energi leaves a lot to be desired and the infotainment systems isn’t the most responsive either. Other than that however, anyone that’s able to keep the thing frequently charged and commute only short distances could save a small fortune with its 100MPG equivalent.