California’s gas prices are slowly trending downward after exceeding $5 a gallon in some cities, but residents who commute long distances and want unrestricted access to HOV (carpool) lanes have another option. This week Ford Motor’s C-MAX Energi scored approval for the Golden State’s Green Clean Air Vehicle Sticker under the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program. For EV fans disappointed in the on-again, off-again, on-and-off-again trials of the Chevy Volt, Ford’s C-MAX Energi could spark renewed enthusiasm for plug-in hybrid cars.
Ford touts the C-MAX Energi, the company’s first plug-in hybrid automobile, as another groundbreaking vehicle sans the conventional internal combustion engine for both its range and miles-per-gallon equivalent rating: 108 miles per gallon (MPG) in the city and 92 on the highway.
The C-MAX Energi also achieves up to 21 miles in all-electric range. Ford points out that for the average worker’s commuting distance, the all-electric range the C-MAX Energi offers is enough for drivers to drive one direction between work and home without hitting the gas pedal. In fact, Ford positions the C-MAX Energi as an option to drive long distances without worrying about a recharge: the company claims its generous MGP allows drivers to travel between cities such as Denver and Kansas City . . . or New York and Detroit.
Detroit’s resurgence the past year has been an exciting one to watch, and it is refreshing to see the automakers experiment with new automobile technologies that could transform the way we commute. So much of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles’ future rests upon consumer acceptance and an infrastructure that can support alternative-powered cars. With the C-MAX Energi’s upcoming release, we should start seeing a trend where plug-in vehicles and their cousins converge upon conventional automobiles and trucks in both performance and cost.
Leon Kaye, based in Fresno, California, is a sustainability consultant and the editor of GreenGoPost.com. He also contributes to Guardian Sustainable Business, Inhabitat and Earth911. You can follow Leon and ask him questions on Twitter.
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Leon Kaye has written for TriplePundit since 2010, and became its Executive Editor in 2018. He's based in Fresno, CA, from where he happily explores California’s stellar Central Coast and the national parks in the Sierra Nevadas. He's worked and lived in South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay, and has traveled to over 70 countries. He's an alum of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Southern California.