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Ford introducing C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid by fall

This fall, Ford is making its first production plug-in hybrid – the C-Max Energi – available to American drivers.

The Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid has a total range of 550 miles, including more than 20 miles in electric-only mode.

To be available in America for $29,995 after a federal tax credit, Ford claims the C-Max Energi will be the country’s most affordable plug-in hybrid.

"The Ford C-MAX Energi is within financial reach for those who want a hybrid, but is also something customers will want to reach for because of its unique look and amazing value," said Michael O'Brien, Ford electrified vehicle marketing manager.

"It offers exceptional fuel economy, better features and a better price tag than a Prius plug-in hybrid, which we think will help make C-MAX Energi one of our most attractive vehicles for import customers."

In a statement, Ford noted that the C-Max Energi’s 550-mile total range is at least triple that of the Toyota Prius’ E.P.A.-tested range.

C-Max Energi will soon be available for ordering at Ford Certified EV Dealers. In the meantime, those interested may go to the build-and-price Web site for C-Max Energi to develop their ideal plug-in hybrid.

The C-Max Energi is one of five electrified vehicles that Ford plans to roll out this year. Ford’s other electric vehicles include the C-Max Hybrid, the Focus Electric, the Fusion Hybrid, and the Fusion Eneryi plug-in hybrid.

These new vehicles are part of the Ford Motor Company’s strategy by which they intend to triple their electrified vehicle production capacity by 2013. – EcoSeed Staff.

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