C-MAX Energi PHEV To Cruise In HOV Lanes

Californians will potentially save $5,250 from the purchase price of the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and enjoy solo-driver, high-occupancy vehicle lane (HOV) access.

This is the case given that the C-MAX Energi has just been approved for the Green Clean Air Vehicle Sticker as part of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP).

California C-MAX Energi customers can now apply to receive a $1,500 state tax rebate when purchasing or leasing the vehicle for 36 months or longer. In addition to the state rebate, C-MAX Energi will qualify for the existing $3,750 federal tax credit – making this plug-in hybrid even more affordable for Californians at $28,495 after the federal tax credit and state tax rebate.

The approval also paves the way for the C-MAX Energi to be approved in other states with carpool lane plug-in vehicle incentives, such as Maryland, New York and Virginia.

“We’re pleased with California customers’ early interest in the C-MAX hybrids, our first dedicated hybrid-only nameplate in North America, in the No. 1 hybrid market in the U.S.,” said Michael O’Brien, Ford electrified vehicle marketing manager. “The C-MAX Energi is the most affordable, most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid with the longest overall range for any utility or compact vehicle on the market today – this extra carpool lane incentive and rebate will help Californians go further with Ford in every sense of the phrase.”

The C-MAX Energi achieves up to 21 miles in all-electric range. This means that at least one leg of the average work commute – reportedly 20 miles each way – could be completed each day on electric battery charge only, allowing customers to save gas as they face traffic congestion in their commute.

CVRP is funded by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board (CARB) and administered statewide by the California Center for Sustainable Energy.

According to CARB, Green Clean Air Vehicle Stickers are available to the first 40,000 applicants who purchase or lease cars meeting California’s Enhanced Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (AT PZEV) requirement.

According to Ford, access to HOV lanes, plus the C-MAX Energi’s combination of fuel-efficient highway driving and electric-powered city driving is more important than ever with the growing trend of commuters spending more time on the roads. A recent study from New York University’s Rudin School of Transportation shows today’s commuters are on the road longer than ever before, and the number of people who commute more than 90 miles to work has doubled over the past 10 years.

The all-new Ford C-MAX Energi is America’s most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid with an EPA-certified 108 miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating, 92 MPGe highway rating and 100 MPGe combined rating.


  • Van

    While the number of folks who commute more than 90 miles round trip has doubled, it is safe to say the average distance driven one way is less than 20 miles. And it gets worse, since when averaging, one long trip will counter many short trips, the average distance for an individual trip is less than 10 miles.

    All this to say, the C-max with an “up to 21 mile EV range” will provide gas free miles for the majority of our individual trips. And if we can recharge at the destination of the commute, i.e. at work, then at least 2/3 of our total miles over time will be EV miles.

    Am waiting to see a C-max Energi around Thanksgiving.

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    This is a legtimate HOV access. C-Max Energi can at least travel at hwy speed in those HOV lanes while still staying in EV mode unlike the other “fake” plugins that can’t.

    This should really help C-Max sales since many people buy those plugins in CA just for the HOV lane access…

  • usbseawolf2000

    Of the three plugin hybrids that qualifies, C-Max Energi has the biggest passenger volume. Prius PHV has the biggest cargo volume. Volt has the longest EV range.

    Prius PHV – 95 MPGe for 11 miles and 50 MPG after depletion
    C-Max Energi – 100 MPGe for 20 miles then 43 MPG
    Volt – 98 MPGe for 38 miles then 37 MPG

  • Chuck in NJ……

    Do not count on the REAL DRIVE numbers…the Hybrid ALREADY has 3 tests published that from the information Ford shared a supposedly 47 MPG…is more like 34 to 37….the usual Ford way of scamming the EPA numbers…..they ARE always LESS…take it from a used to be die hard Explorer owner….they will NEVER compare to the Toyota truths about the EPA numbers the Prius gets the true 51 Mpg…..that you can count on….Ford tends to exagerate there numbers……

  • Van

    @Chuck in NJ, I fear you are correct. The EPA hurt our credibility when it said the initial Honda Insight got 60 MPG. CU blew the whistle on the scam and the EPA had to correct the overly optimistic numbers. Today, they are back at it, selling deception with their MPGe formula, rather than presenting truth.

    And you are spot on with your concern that the C-Max does not actually come close to 47 combined. I did an internet search and found more than a half dozen reports of getting between 33 and 39 MPG. On the other hand, I did find one report of averaging 44 MPG for one tank of gas.

    Until the Energi comes out, in about three weeks, so we can see the EPA sticker, we do not know how to explain the EPA claim of 620 miles of range which seems very optimistic.

  • Eric

    And again… http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=37270

    The C-MAX Energi was just approved for the Green Clean Air Vehicle Sticker as part of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP).

    California C-MAX Energi customers can now apply to receive a $1,500 state tax rebate when purchasing or leasing the vehicle for 36 months or longer. In addition to the state rebate, C-MAX Energi will qualify for the existing $3,750 federal tax credit – making America’s most affordable plug-in hybrid even more affordable for Californians at $28,495 after the federal tax credit and state tax rebate.

    The approval also paves the way for the C-MAX Energi to be approved in other states with carpool lane plug-in vehicle incentives, such as Maryland, New York and Virginia.

    “We’re pleased with California customers’ early interest in the C-MAX hybrids, our first dedicated hybrid-only nameplate in North America, in the No. 1 hybrid market in the U.S.,” said Michael O’Brien, Ford electrified vehicle marketing manager. “The C-MAX Energi is the most affordable, most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid with the longest overall range for any utility or compact vehicle on the market today – this extra carpool lane incentive and rebate will help Californians go further with Ford in every sense of the phrase.”

    The C-MAX Energi achieves up to 21 miles in all-electric range – more than triple Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid’s six-mile all-electric range. This means that at least one leg of the average work commute – reportedly 20 miles each way – could be completed each day on electric battery charge only, allowing customers to save gas as they face traffic congestion in their commute. A study by the United States Department of the Treasury estimates congestion consumed an extra 1.9 billion gallons of fuel in 2011, approximately 5 percent of all gasoline used.

    CVRP is funded by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board (CARB) and administered statewide by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (http://energycenter.org/index.php/incentive-programs/clean-vehicle-rebate-project).

    According to CARB, Green Clean Air Vehicle Stickers are available to the first 40,000 applicants who purchase or lease cars meeting California’s Enhanced Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (AT PZEV) requirement.

    Access to HOV lanes, plus the C-MAX Energi’s combination of fuel-efficient highway driving and electric-powered city driving is more important than ever with the growing trend of commuters spending more time on the roads. A recent study from New York University’s Rudin School of Transportation shows today’s commuters are on the road longer than ever before, and the number of people who commute more than 90 miles to work has doubled over the past 10 years. The all-new Ford C-MAX Energi is America’s most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid with an EPA-certified 108 miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating, 92 MPGe highway rating and 100 MPGe combined rating.