Interested in the C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid? Ford would like you to do some math.

THe PHEV starts at $33,745, and the Feds will subtract a tax credit worth up to $3,750. Then, if you live in California, where the Energi now qualifies for the green carpool lane sticker, the state will offer you another $1,500 rebate. That brings the total lowest price down to $28,495 in the Golden State, if you qualify for all the incentives, minus whatever you think the HOV lane access is worth.

Now that the C-Max Energi has been approved for the Green Clean Air Vehicle Sticker, Ford says it will be likely to get the same benefit in other states with similar carpool laws, like Maryland, New York and Virginia. The catch, in California at least, is that there are only 40,000 of these special green stickers available for all qualifying cars from any automaker, and they will be given out first come, first served.
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Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid Qualifies for California Carpool Lane Access and Incentives Up to $5,250
  • California's Environmental Protection Agency's Air Resources Board (CARB) approved the all-new Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid for Green Clean Air Vehicle Sticker carpool lane access
  • C-MAX Energi owners also may be able to receive up to $5,250 in tax credits between the state's $1,500 rebate and the eligible $3,750 federal tax incentive
  • C-MAX Energi addresses trends of more Americans "super commuting" longer distances and facing increased congestion; idling in stop-and-go traffic is estimated to waste 1.9 billion gallons of gasoline annually
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 23, 2012 – Californians looking to avoid near $5-per-gallon gas will soon be able to buy the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, potentially save $5,250 off the purchase price and enjoy high-occupancy vehicle lane (HOV) access.

The C-MAX Energi was just approved for the Green Clean Air Vehicle Sticker as part of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP).

California C-MAX Energi customers can now apply to receive a $1,500 state tax rebate when purchasing or leasing the vehicle for 36 months or longer. In addition to the state rebate, C-MAX Energi will qualify for the existing $3,750 federal tax credit – making America's most affordable plug-in hybrid even more affordable for Californians at $28,495 after the federal tax credit and state tax rebate.

The approval also paves the way for the C-MAX Energi to be approved in other states with carpool lane plug-in vehicle incentives, such as Maryland, New York and Virginia.

"We're pleased with California customers' early interest in the C-MAX hybrids, our first dedicated hybrid-only nameplate in North America, in the No. 1 hybrid market in the U.S.," said Michael O'Brien, Ford electrified vehicle marketing manager. "The C-MAX Energi is the most affordable, most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid with the longest overall range for any utility or compact vehicle on the market today – this extra carpool lane incentive and rebate will help Californians go further with Ford in every sense of the phrase."

The C-MAX Energi achieves up to 21 miles in all-electric range – more than triple Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid's six-mile all-electric range. This means that at least one leg of the average work commute – reportedly 20 miles each way – could be completed each day on electric battery charge only, allowing customers to save gas as they face traffic congestion in their commute. A study by the United States Department of the Treasury estimates congestion consumed an extra 1.9 billion gallons of fuel in 2011, approximately 5 percent of all gasoline used.

CVRP is funded by the California Environmental Protection Agency's Air Resources Board (CARB) and administered statewide by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (http://energycenter.org/index.php/incentive-programs/clean-vehicle-rebate-project).

According to CARB, Green Clean Air Vehicle Stickers are available to the first 40,000 applicants who purchase or lease cars meeting California's Enhanced Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (AT PZEV) requirement.

Access to HOV lanes, plus the C-MAX Energi's combination of fuel-efficient highway driving and electric-powered city driving is more important than ever with the growing trend of commuters spending more time on the roads. A recent study from New York University's Rudin School of Transportation shows today's commuters are on the road longer than ever before, and the number of people who commute more than 90 miles to work has doubled over the past 10 years. The all-new Ford C-MAX Energi is America's most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid with an EPA-certified 108 miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating, 92 MPGe highway rating and 100 MPGe combined rating.

Power of Choice
C-MAX Energi figures prominently in Ford's rollout of electrified vehicles. Ford's other electrified vehicles include:
  • Focus Electric: Production began late 2011; America's most fuel-efficient compact with 110 MPGe city and 105 MPGe combined – 6 MPGe better than the Nissan Leaf
  • C-MAX Hybrid delivers EPA certified 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway ratings – 7 mpg better than the Toyota Prius v on the highway – for a 47 mpg combined rating
  • All-new Fusion Hybrid is America's most fuel-efficient midsize sedan after being certified by the EPA to deliver 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, 47 mpg combined. This beats the Toyota Camry Hybrid by 8 mpg highway, 4 mpg city
  • Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid: Will begin production by the end of this year; aiming to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world with more than 100 MPGe
Built at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., the all-new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid begins arriving late this fall at EV Certified Ford dealers in 42 markets, followed by nationwide rollout in all 50 states in early 2013.

More information about Ford's electrified vehicles – including press releases, fact sheets and product sheets, photos and video – can be found here.

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 168,000 employees and about 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com


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      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is a winner. Of course the normal hybrid version will be the bigger seller but a fair number of people will see the beauty of the PHEV Energi version.
      Yellowstone Jack
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll be watching for these.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, the fact that Ford is introducing a car that's better than Toyota's Prius plugin gives me a warm fuzzy. I am glad an American company is finally beating a Japanese company at something other than making the largest and least aerodynamic vehicle possible ;) Hats off Ford, keep up the good work
        usbseawolf2000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I bought a PiP after seeing Energi cargo floor and the 43 MPG gas mileage (battery depletion). The $3,500 incentive from Toyota also helped with my decision.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @usbseawolf2000
          Congrats. Keep us posted.
          usbseawolf2000
          • 2 Years Ago
          @usbseawolf2000
          Have about 145 miles on gas only, averaging 56 MPG. The ride is smoother, more quiet (my horn sounded so far and engine is quieter too), drives better, feels more solid and the engine shut downs are impossible to detect (except from hearing). Just had an electrician verified the outlet in my garage last night. I took one trip in all electric so far. It has plenty of EV power in the morning slow traffic. Exceptionally happy with it.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @usbseawolf2000
          Congratulations on your new ride. Is it arriving soon, and can we hope that either here or on GCC you will tell us how it performs?
      BYALTF
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was in the regular C-Max this weekend. It is very roomy in the passenger compartment. It also feels very high tech, with lots of gadgets and functions.I think some will find that intimidating. There is a lot more HP over the standard Prius for just a 3 mpg penalty. Compared to the Prius V it is a no-brainer unless cargo space is the single most important criteria.
        usbseawolf2000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BYALTF
        What was the real world MPG?
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @usbseawolf2000
          The EPA City numbers are generally pretty good indicators. The EPA highway number is a bit of a fantasy though since people drive 60+ on the freeway whereas the EPA 'highway' number has an average speed of like 45mph.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @usbseawolf2000
          Spec: Not the latest test cycle, which includes high speed: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/fe_test_schedules.shtml So there are 4 start/stops in 8 miles, with max acceleration of 8.46miles/second, which if the car is capable of it would get you to 60 mph in 7 seconds, and a top speed of 80mph
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lets hope Ford wipe out the God pig damm ugly Toyota Prius in North America, they won't do it in Japan because the Japanese only buy Japanese hybrids anything else not Japanese is considered rubbish, why don't daft stupid retard Californians think like the Japanese and support their own companies like Ford?
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        " why don't daft stupid retard Californians think like the Japanese and support their own companies" 1) Because we are not narrow minded nationalistic jerks. 2) This car is not even available yet. 3) We've been buying far more Volts than Plug-In Prius cars. The US carmakers screw themselves in the California and global car markets because they haven't done a good job at making efficient vehicles. When they do, they do sell.
        skierpage
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        The daft rubbish is your inability to write properly formed sentences. And your hateful slur is the cherry on top. Get a clue, "please do not put down someone's disability that they have absolutely no control over." Ford produced the discontinued Escape Hybrid in small numbers, they failed to take advantage when they could have owned "small fuel efficient SUV market". If they make a lot of their excellent new hybrid and Energi models, they'll do OK. The Prius is among the most reliable mid-size car in all surveys, it's going to take years for Ford to equal that reputation
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Are you tellin' me you think this car looks much better? Gotta say, i am a fanboy of the Japanese look. I don't think the Prius looks so bad. This car is rather generic and utilitarian looking. The Prius looks like it's a bit more futuristic.
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        @ Rick, " why don't daft stupid retard Californians" ! Ah, now all is clear ! you must be Mitsubishi France's, Jean-Claude Debard new speech writer !
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Very eloquent speech, Rick!
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