Ford Motor Co. says its first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will have more miles per charge than that of competitor Toyota. Although not yet tested by the EPA, Ford estimates that its upcoming C-Max Energi plug-in has a driving range of about 20 miles, nearly double that of the 11 mile range the Prius plug-in is getting on battery only. (For comparison sake, the Chevrolet Volt is getting about 35 miles on battery only.) The C-Max Energi is expected to generate 188 horsepower with its two liter, four-cylinder engine and battery-powered motor. It could travel up to 550 miles with its battery and gasoline engine working in tandem.
Ford thinks the C-Max Energi plug-in will have 95 miles per gallon equivalent, which is what the Prius plug-in is getting. Its expected to arrive at EV-certified dealers in 19 markets by late fall, soon after the C-Max Hybrid.