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Ford C-Max Energi

2013 C-Max Energy, courtesy of Ford
2013 C-Max Energy, courtesy of Ford
2013 C-Max Energy, courtesy of Ford
2013 C-Max Energy, courtesy of Ford
2013 C-Max Energy, courtesy of Ford

Description

The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid version of the Ford C-Max. The C-Max Energi can drive in all electric mode up to 75 mph and has a total range of over 600 miles(gasoline and electric combined). Unlike the Chevrolet Volt, the car will have an intermediary blended phase where both battery and gasoline energy sources are used. The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi is now available in North America.

Specs

Vehicle Type: 
Cars & Trucks
Drivetrain: 
PHEV
Range: 
21 mi
Target: 
Now Available
Top Speed: 
90 mph
Connector Type: 
J1772
Price (USD): 
$32,950

Comments

Jim S's picture

Basic comments after 15 months

We like our C-Max Energi alot. We bought the Energi because with rebates and incentives it was cheaper than buying the plain hybrid with the same options. The dislikes pertain to the blind spots caused by the sloping windshield and the super thick pillars. Have almost hit a few cars and pedestrians as they can be totally blocked by those darn pillars! Our old VW Golf TDI had much better visibility and turning circle too! That is complaint #2 for the C-Max We have gone thousands of miles on a tank of gas because we lived in Fort Lauderdale and did lots of short trips, and used a 240 volt charger to charge a couple of times a day. The electricity used was barely noticeable on our bill, and seemed to be offset by switching to LED bulbs and a tankless electric water heater. Now we live in California, and today will be the last day I plug the car in at home until gas prices rise to over $2.60 as the electricity here is ridiculously expensive. A full charge in FL was 74 cents. Here it is $2.03. So gas is much cheaper to run in the car here. Nearly 9 cents per mile on electric and less than 6 cents per mile on gasoline, based on a conservative 36 MPG, which we can easily 42 MPG at this time of year. So, I guess I will just be lugging around that extra battery for a while! I am still willing to charge it for free at the public locations here, so that is a benefit.
Dan B's picture

CMax Enegri EV Range

We bought our 2014 CMax Energi from McCafferty Ford in Langhorne, PA in mid-November. Since then, I have put over 6,000 miles on the car. Our decision to buy the CMax was mostly due to the fact that we put on so many miles (our last new car was a 2004 Subaru Forester which totaled 396,000 miles before the engine decided to leave this mortal coil) Calculating mileage the reliable way (trip odometer mileage divided by gallons to fill) gives a respectable 39-41 miles. We use the 120volt plug, and I never show a range greater than 13 miles despite the fact that I am very conscientious about how I drive. This is most likely due to the number of highway miles I cover. I bought a 240 volt charger and am having that installed. Overall I am very happy with the car and will reserve judgment about the claimed combined mileage until I have been using the 240 volt charger consistently. My main complaint about the car is not with the car but with the complete lack of knowledge possessed by my (and other) local Ford dealers when you call with questions. It seems an easy enough task to familiarize oneself with the product you are selling - especially when it is a new type of product in need of some thoughtful explanation of the various benefits it may offer. I will report back when I have been using the 240 volt charger. The 2 1/2 hour charge time will make it much easier to recharge as I work in my office between client meetings, etc.
Ed's picture

Range, knowledge of sales personnel

Saw your comment re range. Noted your posted 6 January. The reason for unexpectedly short range isn't you - it's the temperature. You loose a lot in the cold. Ford sales persons don't mention this - maybe because they don't understand the issues related to range. Ford itself doesn't provide guidance on the temperature effect on range (but you could look up Nissan Leaf info, and its temp-range curve should be relevant). I have the fully electric Focus, so the issue is more serious for me - but I have yet to be able to figure my range, except approximately. Your 240v charger should give you a full charge in an hour, so that's good.
Anonymous's picture

Kudos

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Anonymous's picture

CMax Energi

Purchased a CMax Energi in 2013. Build quality looked good initially, but a year later, the car squeaks a lot as I drive (loosening up?) Gas mileage in hybrid mode is not as good as advertised -- EPA has estimated it down to 38 mpg. But at least Ford sent me a check to make up the difference. The software is wonky at best - Sometimes shuts itself off. Sometimes the rear camera doesn't turn on. Sometimes when it does turn on, it doesn't show the lines, etc. Battery range is all over the map. In cold weather, the range is very low. In hot weather, turning on the climate control will lower the range by 30%. Sometimes it doesn't turn on, you have to go through the startup process again. And now the driver side window wants to auto-roll itself down whenever it gets to the top. And no, I've not had any accidents. With all that said, the car does save me a lot of gas. Would I buy it again? No, I would not.
Anonymous's picture

To be fair, every car I've

To be fair, every car I've ever owned has listed in its respective car manual that certain bolts and screws needed to be reset to proper torque within the first six months of ownership and then checked again at usually 1 year intervals. I would think that to be the case even more so with smaller cars constructed with much more malleable materials. With that said, I always daydream about owning another "American made" vehicle when thinking about buying a new car, but then quickly come to the realization that the Japanese alternative is always a much wiser choice from a quality standpoint alone.
Anonymous's picture

Most nuts and screws should

Most nuts and screws should never loosen on a vehicle if they are manufactured and installed properly. I'm not a mechanic but I believe the only adjustments on most vehicles would be the lugs on the wheels. Obviously a nut can loosen over time and just about all moving parts wear and need adjustments but iscrews loosening, no. If you're car is only a year old I would make a fuss at dealer about it.
Anonymous's picture

Jury's still out with my

Jury's still out with my Energi. I've realized really quickly that, between the climate where I live (New England), and the fact that half of my daily commute is mostly straight uphill - my office has a great view but it's literally at the highest point in the area - I'm not getting anywhere near the expected range, either EV wise or ICE wise. The best range I ever managed to get was about 30 miles - that was in late Summer when I first purchased it. one good thing about the hilly terrain is the ability to supercharge my battery while regen braking. On the whole though, I usually end up charging to about 18 - 23 miles at most - my car is not enclosed at night so that also varies. Factor in the above, plus needing climate control, I would say I consider it a success to get 10 miles on one charge. The uphill part alone, even when I force it into hybrid drive, takes the equivalent of about 3 - 4 EV miles, but is only just over a mile worth of road. Sadly also is the fact that, not counting my home charger, I can count on one hand the number of J1772 stations in my area - and I live outside a capital city. I don't charge at the office, as all of our parking lots aren't anywhere near an outlet, and I don't foresee investing in or installing an EV charger for one employee of nearly 500 to use. Lets see what the summer (when it decides to arrive in September) brings. But to conclude - I think my choice on an EV Hybrid was great, but the world where this car lives has a lot of catching up to do. Maybe a traditional hybrid, next time...
Steve's picture

How to drive your Energi

Up hills run the car in EV later. Down hill or on flat roads EV now. Run in auto mode, I never do. The run to work is 80 miles round trip. My MPG is sitting at 53 MPG and I don't charge at work either. I have my route to work, and my route to home is different. Change the way you drive and the jury will be on your side!
Anonymous's picture

CMax Energi

I love my Energi!! It's perky and gives a smooth drive. My husband, who has a Mercedes, has taken to driving my car often. He says it has a better pick up and is very comfortable. (6"2"" and a bad back) As far as mileage, I get up to 26 miles on electric spring through fall unless I turn on the air. The winter is more like 18 so there is a big difference. I pay 0.0628 for electricity so it costs about 52 cents if I use all the electricity. It's way better for me since gas has gone up to $4.05 for regular in the Chicago area. What you actually get is not necessarily what it says when you turn it on. The reading is much lower if hubby has been driving but I can get more than it says when I drive (women are much better drivers). It estimates what you will get based on the last driver. I just look at the odometer to calculate what I actually get. It's perfect for me since I only drive more than 25 miles once or twice a week. Hope more people wake up and get off gas.

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