Friday, 21 September 2012 10:00
Hybrids are old hat by now, and range anxiety proves that consumers aren’t quite ready to switch to pure electrics just yet. That leaves a new middle ground for hybrid plug-ins, like the 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi. A marriage between the best of both technologies, these vehicles plug in to charge, but when the electricity runs out, fall back on hybrid engines to keep the car running. The C-MAX Energi has three driving modes: EV Now (electric only), EV Auto (electric/gasoline blend), or EV Later (gasoline only). It achieves a combined fuel rating of 95 MPG-e (its sister, the C-MAX Hybrid, achieves 47 MPG). Check out the 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi at the Show this year, and see how it stacks up against its strong plug-in hybrid competition, like the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-In.