The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in hybrid will soon be arriving at dealerships, but the new car is already making headlines by beating out the competition in terms of fuel economy and range. The C-Max Energi has earned an EPA rating of 100 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) and will have an EPA-rated range of 21 miles on electric energy alone.
MPGe is the rating given to plug-in vehicles to accurately compare the combined electric and gas-powered efficiency to that of traditional gasoline models. This rating, which takes the 21 mile electric range into account, bests the Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid, which receives 95 MPGe, and the Chevrolet Volt, whose fuel efficiency is rated at 94 MPGe. On top of the EPA rating the C-Max Energi has received, Ford predicts that during city driving, the model will return 108 MPGe.
With the 21-mile all-electric range, the C-Max Energi has an overall range of 650 miles. This also beats out the competition, with the Toyota Prius PHEV receiving a range rating of 540 miles and the Chevy Volt totaling 380 miles.
The Ford C-Max Energi will go on sale in 18 markets this fall and will be released nationwide early in 2013.