Ford C-Max Energi SEL

Ford C-Max Energi: The Best Of Two Worlds?

 

The C-Max is good both for urban and highway driving

The C-Max is good both for urban and highway driving

The internal combustion engine is one of the most successful and longest lasting technological applications. The improvements in efficiency, performance and reliability continue for decades and apparently still for a while. However, at one point, we will say “Good Bye” to fossil fuels and fully embrace to electro-mobility. This means a long transition. And nothing better than a hybrid car symbolizes this transition.

Based on the universally successful Focus, Ford’s C-Max combines the reliability and anxiety-free range of a gasoline engine with the futuristic hybrid technology.
Charge your car fully by planning in advance, and depending on your route planning, you may not visit a gas station for weeks even months. Or to cope with any uncertainty and route volatility, drive your car just as a traditional gasoline vehicle. you can drive in electric only mode up to 65 kilometers, thanks also to regenerative braking. The seamless transition between gasoline and electric power makes driving more enjoyable. Forgive the extra space in the trunk occupied by the battery.

 

The ability to monitor the power flow makes you a more engaging driver. This was at least my impression.

The ability to monitor the power flow makes you a more engaging driver. This was at least my impression.The new Sync 3 is better and more user-friendly

Ford's configurable dashboard is customized for hydrid vehicles and used accross several Ford and Lincoln models

Ford’s configurable dashboard is customized for hydrid vehicles and used accross several Ford and Lincoln models

 

With a standard 120V power cord,, you can charge the C-Max overnight. A quick recharge in 2,5 hours requires a 240V-home charging station.

With a standard 120V power cord,, you can charge the C-Max overnight. A quick recharge in 2,5 hours requires a 240V-home charging station.(Archive picture)

 

The combination of a traditional gasoline engine and an electric motor is a good transformation before battery-electric vehicles

The combination of a traditional gasoline engine and an electric motor is a good transformation before battery-electric vehicles

During our one-week test drive, I had and average of 4.1 liters, with more city than highway driving.

During our one-week test drive, I had and average of 4.1 liters, with more city than highway driving.

To me, as a temporary driver of this vehicle is the ability to use HOV lanes also as solo

To me, as a temporary driver of this vehicle is the ability to use HOV lanes also as solo

Conclusion

Ford Focus C-Max a solid and comfortable vehicle, fun to drive. You have to decide if the premium for hybrid over gasoline engine makes sense. And it depends on your annual mileage and also driving style. Realistically, very fews people choose an hybrid or a full-EV, just to save to world, but because it makes economic sense for those people.
Do your homework, do the math and decide.

The Specifications

Type of vehicle: Compact size high-roof Hatchback
Engine: 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder Atkinson Cycle hybrid engine, 141 hp of power, 129 lb-ft of torque. Permament magnet AC synchronuous EV motor with 7.6 kWh Li-ion battery
Transmission: Electronic, continuously variable transmission
Price (base/as tested): CAD 31,999 / 38.329
Destination charge: CAD 1,600
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km): city; 9.7 highway;7.6 as-tested; 10.6
Optional features: Equipment Group 303A: 3,695.00

(Premium Audio & Navigation Pkg, Hands-Free Technology Package, Power Liftgate, Rearview Camera, Keyless Entry/Start/Tailgate, Parking Technology Package, Active Park Assist)

2.0L ATK IVCT Engine, CVT Transmission & P225/50R17 Tires and are standard

Charge-Cord-Bag (Dealed-installed: 85.00; Stainless Steel Scuff Plate: 150.00; Exterior Protection Package: 300.00; Charge-Door Graphic: 75.00)

 

Total Other Options: 4.730.00

Destination & Delivery: 1,600

Total Price as Tested: 38,329.00

Article: Varol McKars

Pictures: Varol McKars, Basak McKars

Test vehicle was provided by Ford Canada (via BHG Media Fleet)

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