Ford announced today that its forthcoming 2013 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid beats the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid in one key way: driving range. Ford has revealed that the C-Max Energi will be able to drive on battery power for 20 miles, and will have a total driving range of 550 miles when using both battery and gasoline power.
That figure beats out the plug-in Prius, but by a relatively small margin. According to the EPA, the Prius Plug-In can drive for 11 miles on electrical power alone, and has a total driving range of 540 miles. Still, Ford is eager to play up its driving-range advantage ahead of the C-Max Energi’s launch.
The C-Max Energi is mostly identical to the 2013 C-Max Hybrid, but with a larger battery and a charging port so it can drive purely on electrical power for short journeys. Both models use a 2.0-liter inline-four engine, lithium-ion battery, and electric motor/generator. The drivetrain has a total peak output of 188 hp.
Ford also revealed that the C-Max Energi returns an energy-efficiency equivalency score of 95 MPGe. That matches the 95 MPGe rating of the Prius Plug-In Hybrid, and beats out the Chevrolet Volt’s EPA score of 94 MPGe.
The 2013 C-Max Hybrid, by contrast, is rated for 47/44 mpg (city/highway) and a maximum driving range of 500 miles. Ford is taking orders now for the Hybrid, which starts at $25,995 after destination. The C-Max Energi will launch at a slightly later date, and pricing has yet to be announced.