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The Ford C-Max plug-in hybrid will get 100 MPGe, accord... The Ford C-Max plug-in hybrid will get 100 MPGe, according to the EPA. (Ford).
Ford is in the fast lane on the way to fuel efficiency.

The EPA rated the company's C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid at 100 miles per gallon equivalent Thursday, making it the most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid offered to Amercan consumers by the auto industry.

The rating is officially 108 mpge in the city and 92 on the highway, which puts it ahead of its main competition, the hot-selling Toyota Prius plug-in, which gets 95 MPGe combined. The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid also gets 98 MPGe.

Electricity cannot be measured in gallons, so EPA officials use a formula to convert the number into a measurement – the MPGe – that consumers find familiar.

The base model C-Max Energi is on sale for $29,995 after a federal tax credit. Pricing for the plug-in hybrid, which goes on sale nationwide next year, has not yet been announced.

With California in the midst of a gas-price crisis, Ford wasted no time Thursday in capitalizing on the EPA news. In a written release, the company said that a Californian paying $5 per gallon of gasoline right now would, in a car that averaged 23 miles per gallon, would pay $1.25 to travel the same distance.

Over five years in the same scenario, Ford says the average consumer would save $7,000.

"Ford is giving customers the power of choice for leading fuel economy, regardless of what type of vehicle or powertrain technology they choose," said John Davis, chief nameplate engineer of the C-Max Energi.

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      These cars seem great but can you plug in anywhere you need to thats my question? I would'nt want to be somewhere in a remoted place and have no where to plug in.
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      Love my job, since I've been bringing in $82h… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online… Fox84.com
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope it's faster than those stupid prius cars, I can get out and run faster than that stupid car! it's got the guts of a mouse on a wheel!
      • 2 Years Ago
      While we still making ethanol? 30% of our corn crop goes to making this stuff you. Meanwhile there are starving people all over the world. The Arab spring was started partially because of the shortage of grain and the high cost. Ethanol requires more energy to produce than it produces. There are better crops such as Sawgrass for producing ethanol then corn. We are sending money to countries who don't like us to pay for our oil consumption. We need something to bolster our balance of trade with other countries. In the meantime we have a fast amount of fuel beneath our feet which we refuse to utilize. Food may be a better tool for diplomacy than military might. Why is it so hard to admit that drilling for oil and gas are much more beneficial than wasting one of our most precious commodities?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Facto in the cost of electricity and what do the figures reveal????
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      There is one figure with these Hybrids that is never mentioned by ANYONE that should be the first figure listed by everyone. The difference in price between standard car, and the hybrid. How long it takes,even at $5 a gallon to make up that amount. Remember that cost is in advance.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Did you not read the article? the ford website shows them at $25,200 base price, you're point is not valid.
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