Ford C-Max Reviews

C-Max Hybrid Reviews (C-Max Energi reviews are listed after the Hybrid reviews).

Ford C-Max Energi

2013 Ford C-Max Energi

I’ve listed the MPGomatic.com review for the C-Max Hybrid first because Daniel Gray spent considerable time driving and testing it (2 weeks and 900 miles) before creating this thoughtful review.  The Video review includes the text but adds much more detail.

MPGomatic.com, 2013 Ford C-MAX SEL Hybrid Review

MPGomatic.com, 2013 Ford C-Max SEL Hybrid Video Review

The TruthAboutCars.com review is also more thorough than most. There are extensive comments that are enlightening.

TruthAboutCars.com, 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Drive Video Review with Text

The rest of the reviews are in alphabetical order by source.

About.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid review; And now for something completely different

AOL Autos, Review: The Ford C-Max Guide to the Galaxy; The new hybrid from Ford is much more fun to drive than Prius

Autoblog.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid [w/video]; No One Ever Said Dethroning A Prius Would Be Easy

Autoblog.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid; No Prius Killer, May 2, 2013

Autobytel.com, 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Video Road Test & Review, by T.J.Keon, Dec 31, 2012.

Autobytel.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Road Test and Review, by Benjamin Hunting, Jan 25, 2013

Autobytel.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Car Video Review and Test Drive, by Ron Doron, Feb 4, 2013

The Auto Channel, 2013 Ford C-Max Review, by John Heilig

The Auto Channel, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL Review, by Carey Russ, Apr 4, 2013

Autoguide.com, 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Review – Video; Ford targets Prius v with fuel-friendly family car

Autoguide.com, 2013 Ford C-Max vs 2013 Toyota Prius V Comparison – Text & Video, Jun 20, 2013

AutoMedia.com, 2013 Ford C-Max; Ford’s excellent answer to the Toyota Prius

Automotive.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL Road Test; The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL goes tire-to-tire with the Toyota Prius V, but does it come out on top?, May 16, 2013

AutomotiveReview, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Review – Video, Oct 26, 2012

Autonet.ca, Road-Trippin’ with Ford’s C-Max, Jun 27, 2014

Autosavant.com, Driving Review – 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid – In Depth Test Drive – Video, Apr 17, 2013

Autos.ca, Comparison Test: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid vs 2013 Volkswagen Golf Wagon TDI

Autotrader.com, 2015 Toyota Prius v vs. 2015 Ford C-MAX: Which is Better?, Dec 9, 2014

Autoweek, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL Review Notes, May 1, 2013

Autoweek, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL review; Wondering how to get 47 mpg, Jul 19, 2013

Bakersfield Life, On the Road: Ford C-Max Hybrid

Blip.tv, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Video Review

CanadianMomEh, Ford C-Max Hybrid 2013 Review, Feb 13, 2013

Canada Free Press, Ford C-Max a surprisingly interesting drive, Feb 22, 2013

Carfanatics, 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid: Quick drive

Car and Driver, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid; Ford builds a Prius its own way, making it actually good to drive.

Car and Driver, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid; Making the Prius even more forgettable.

Carpages, 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Review and Road Test, May 6, 2013

Cars.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Video

Cars.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Expert Reviews

Chicago Tribune, Car review: Looks aside, Ford C-Max hybrid has leg up on Prius v

The Chronicle Herald – Wheels, The 2013 Ford C-MAX: Is this the hybrid that breaks the glass ceiling?

The Chronicle Herald – Wheels, Driven: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Feb 7, 2013

CleanMPG.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Review, Feb 6, 2013

CleanMPG.com, Not a review but a useful set of comparison photos and descriptions: 1)Toyota Prius Liftback, Prius V and C-Max Seating Position Photos; 2) Prius Liftback, V and C-Max Cargo with Luggage; 3) Wayne Gerdes comments on the Prius Liftback, V and C-Max.

CleanMPG, Ford’s 47 mpg City/Highway/Combined Hybrid Ratings Ring Hollow, Wayne Gerdes, February 25, 2013 This comparison of the C-Max and Prius V is not a review but is loaded with information.

ClubLexus.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

CNET.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid:Ford’s Prius-beater boasts better handling, power, Nov 19, 2012

Consumer Reports, We get a charge out of driving the new Ford C-Max Hybrid, C-Max Energi

Daily News, Ford C-Max hybrid review: A Toyota Prius killer fit for taller drivers, May 16, 2013

Detroit Free Press, Mark Phelan: Ford C-Max hybrid excels in affordability, fuel economy

Driving.ca, Preview: 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Running for hybrid crown

eBay Motors, 2013 Ford Escape vs 2013 Ford C-Max, Jan 29, 2013.

Edmunds Insideline.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Full Test

Edmunds.com, Ford C-Max Hybrid Video Review

ElectricForum, Review Ford C-Max hybrid car

EVWorld, Ford C-Max Hybrid: What Flubs? What Flaws?, Jun 28, 2013

Examiner.com, Ford C-MAX a surprisingly interesting drive, Feb 22, 2013

GearInstitute.com, Ford C-Max Hybrid

GreenCarReports, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: First Drive

GreenCarReports, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: Quick Gas-Mileage Test

GreenCarReports, Toyota Prius Vs. Ford C-Max Hybrid: Pros and Cons, Jul 29, 2013

GreenEnergyNews, Ford’s C-Max: Spot On

Hartford Courant.com, Ford C-Max, Apr 17, 2013

HybridCars.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Review – Video, May 15, 2013

HybridCars.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Review, Jul 4, 2013

Jalopnik, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: The Jalopnik Review

Jalopnik, 2013 Ford C-Max: The Not Jalopnik Review, Jun 3, 2013

JaredHeinrichs, 2013 Ford C-Max Review, Feb 10, 2013

Jus-A-CMax, 2013 Ford C-Max Review, Apr 20, 2013

Kelowna Capital News, Simple looking Ford C-MAX Hybrid loaded with technology

Kualalumpar, Ford C-Max Review – Video, Mar 2, 2013

Los Altos Town Crier, Ford takes over Electric Avenue (C-Max Hybrid and Focus Electric Reviews)

Los Angeles Times Cars, Car review: Looks aside, Ford C-Max hybrid has leg up on Prius v

LotPro, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Review – Video, Apr 3, 2013

Luigi Benetton Communications, Learning Ford C-Max in-car technology, Oct 15, 2013.

MIke’s Vehicle Spotlight, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE – Video, Dec 3, 2012

Mother Nature Network, Driving Ford’s snazzy new C-Max Hybrid; A bit of a chameleon, this new $25,995 car offers good looks, stellar utility, and 47 mpg in the city or on the highway. If you try it, you’ll like it.

Motor Trend, First Test: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL, Target: Prius V

Motor Trend, Ford C-Max Hybrid and Toyota Prius V Driven on Head 2 Head

Motor Trend, Comparison: 2012 Toyota Prius V vs. 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, From Apr 2013 Issue Motor Trend

MotorWeek, Road Test: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

MSN Autos, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: First drive review; The C-Max sets a new standard in all-around hybrid performance.

MSN Autos, 2013 FORD C-MAX HYBRID: FLASH DRIVE REVIEW

New York Daily News, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid accelerates with ease and drives like a much more expensive ride, Feb 7, 2013

The New York Times, Any Engine You Like, but Only if It’s a Hybrid

The News-Herald, Ford C-Max gives a push to making hybrids ‘normal’, January 29, 2015

The Oregonian, Eco Rides: Ford responds to demand for electrified cars with 2013 C-MAX Hybrid, May 11, 2013

Philly.com, Driver’s Seat: Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL: A smooth ride, but rough fuel numbers

Portland Tribune, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: Great first try, May 17, 2013

SaveMoneyinWinnipeg.com, My cold, cold week with the Ford C-Max Hybrid, Feb 6, 2013

Schmutzie.com, The Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL, A Road Trip, and The Palinode Sporting Duck Lips, September 17, 2013

Seeingtheforest.com, Ford C-Max Is Awesome, Sep 6, 2014

Shebuyscars.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Review: A Fun, Agile, Smart Little Car, Feb 11, 2013

Strategic IT, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Review, Apr 6, 2013

Techhive.com, Ford C-Max Hybrid talks, plays movies, and nags you while you’re parking – Review with Video, Mar 13, 2013

TechnologyTell.com, Life.  With C-Max.  Fuel Economy and All.  Will We See Maximization for C-Max?, Aug 11, 2013

TFLCar.com, 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid & Plug-in Energi 0-60 MPH Tech Demo

TFLCar.com, Review: The all-new 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid does a lot with a little, Apr 16, 2013

TheTimes-Tribune.com, C-Max wagon shockingly good, Jun 8, 2013

TorqueNews, Circumnavigating Colorado in Ford’s fun and efficient C-Max hybrid, Febr 20, 2013

Treehugger, Test-drive: Ford C-MAX Hybrid vs. Toyota Prius V, Mar 11, 2013

TriplePundit, C-Max Test Drive: Interactive, Fun, Affordable, Fuel Efficient, Jan 31, 2013

USNews, Ford C-Max Hybrid Review

USA Love List, American Auto Reviews: A Hybrid Car Made in The USA – The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Apr 17, 2013 – Text and Video

USA Today, Test Drive: Ford C-Max is eco-licious fun, Dec 14, 2012

Vancouversun, Ford offers up a pleasure-to-drive hybrid; An alternative to the Prius, the Focus-based C-MAX is bigger, less expensive, and handles better, Apr 5, 2013

VroomGirls.com, 2013 Ford C-Max

The Wall Street Journal, Ford’s Fine C-Max Falls Way Short on MPG

WardsAuto.com, Ford C-Max Rises Above Controversy

Web2Carz.com, 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Review; A hybrid that’s actually fun to drive.

Web2Carz.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Extended Review; Proving hybrid wagons can be fun to drive, Apr 4, 2013

The Weekly Driver, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: New competitor for dominant Toyota Prius, Apr 16, 2013

The Weekly Driver, Ford C-Max hybrid, 2013: Can it challenge Toyota Prius clan?, Jun 3, 2013

The Weekly Driver, 2013 Ford C-Max: Prius challenger shines (video review), Jun 17, 2013

Wildsau.ca, Review: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

The Winding Road, Driven: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

Ford C-Max Energi Reviews

Albuquerque Journal, JOLT OF VOLTS: Ford’s C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid makes the exotic normal, Sep 6, 2014

AuroraSentinel, Power to the people, in a 2014 Ford C-Max Energi, November 6, 2014

Auto Channel, FORD TARGETS TOYOTA PRIUS HYBRID

WITH THE LONGEST CAR NAME EVER – 2013 Ford C-Max Energi SEL Plug-in Hybrid

Auto Channel, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Review, July 11, 2013, Carey Russ

Automobilemag.com, First Drive: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi

Automotive.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Quick Drive; Does the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi out-Prius the Prius?

Autos.ca, Comparison Test: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi vs 2013 Toyota Prius PHEV, August 15, 2013

Autos.ca, Day-by-Day Review: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, October 6, 2013

AutoVenus.com, 2014 Ford C-Max Energi Review, October 3, 1014

Autoweek, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Drive Review; Ford shoots for plug-in success between Prius and Volt

Canadian Manufacturing, Energi to spare; Ford’s C-Max Hybrid gives users a lot of run for their money, September 13, 2013

Car and Driver, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid; Searching for the PHEV sweet spot.

Car and Driver, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid Video

Car and Driver, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid; Timidly Going Where a Few Have Gone Before: Even as a science experiment, the C-Max plug-in hybrid is a qualified success, February 2013;  After reading this review, it will be clear that the writer wasn’t objective from his tone.  For a GM Volt owner’s perspective on this Car and Driver review, this forum topic is an interesting read.  For a C-Max Energi owner’s perspective on this Car and Driver review, this forum topic is an interesting read.  There are also many comments at backfires.caranddriver.

The Car Connection, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi: Driven, Jun 13, 2013

The Car Guide, Road Test – 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, Nov 19, 2013

Car Pro, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Car Pro Review

Carfanatics, 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi; An Unlearning Experience 

Carpages.ca, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Review, Aug 9, 2013

Cars.com, Volt Versus All: How Does Chevy’s Plug-in Hold Up Against the Plug-In Competition?, Jul 2, 2014

Carsaholic.com, A Brief Review On Ford C-Max Energi 2013, Mar 13, 2013

Carsinbrief.com, In Briefest Terms: Ford C-Max Hybrid energi, Jun 10, 2013

Chicago Tribune, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi: Car Stories, Nov 7, 2013 Not a review but similar.

The Christian Science Monitor, How to read plug-in hybrid specifications, Feb 3, 2013: Not a review but a good article for those choosing between a Volt, Prius Plug-in and C-Max Energi

CNET, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi: The most practical plug-in

CNET, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi review: The e-vehicle lifestyle, without the range anxiety – Text and Video Review, Feb 21, 2013

CNNMoney, Ford C-Max: Strange looking, fun to drive

ConsumerReports.org, Move over Toyota Prius, Ford C-Max Energi is a more engaging plug-in hybrid; The C-Max Energi shows that going green can be enjoyable, Mar 20, 2014

DigitalTrends.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Review, Aug 19, 2013

DriveChicago.com, 2014 Ford C-Max Energi Review, Aug 13, 2014

Earth2017tv, Ford C-Max Energi Test Drive 2013, Jan 25, 2013

Engadget, Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid test drive (video)

Examiner, Driven: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid trumps Prius v

Examiner, Ford C-Max Energi saves many gas station trips, Mar 2, 2013

Examiner, 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi may be a best choice for a plug-in hybrid vehicle, Jul 18, 2013

Forbes, The C-MAX Energi: Ford’s High-Tech Prius Killer

Forbes, 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi Test Drive And Review: Big Tech, Small Package, Jul 16, 2013

Gas2.org, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Review, Jul 8, 2013

Gaywheels.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Flaunts Her Electrons, Aug 9, 2013

The Globe and Mail, CITY DRIVE: 2013 FORD C-MAX ENERGI; Electric car makes Toronto traffic (almost) bearable, Aug 14, 2013

GM-Volt.com, Review: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, Jul 12, 2013

GreenCarReports.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid: First Drive

GreenCarReports.com, Why We Drive A Ford C-Max Energi And A Ford Focus Electric, May 31, 2013

GreenDivas, Road Trip – Ford C-Max Review 1: First Date, Feb 5, 2013, 2: Getting to Know You, Feb 6, 2013

Hartford Courant, A plug for the Ford C-MAX Energi, Jul 8, 2015

Heritage.com, C-Max plug-in hybrid is the answer for high fuel prices, Sep 4, 2013

HybridCars.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Review, Jul 4, 2013

IndyStar, 2014 Ford C-Max Energi is plenty plugged in, Sep 3, 2014

John Flores, Six Minutes in a Ford C-MAX Energi, Jun 3, 2013

Leftlanenews.com, Review: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, Apr 8, 2013

InsideEVs.com, Chevrolet Volt versus Ford C-Max Energi Extended Drive, by Lyle Dennis, the person that promoted the Volt by starting the GM-Volt.com forum.

Mashable, Ford C-Max Energi Feels Like the Car of the Future, Mar 31, 2013

Milwaukee-Wisconsin JSOnline, New Ford C-Max is a hybrid for families that want it all, May 17, 2013

Mississauga Life, Review: 2014 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid, Jun 20, 2014

Modern Mama, Ford C-Max Energi Review, September 11, 2013

Mother Nature Network, Driving the Ford C-MAX Energi; The Ford C-MAX Energi might be the perfect around-the-town car for this family, Jul 23, 2013

MotorWeek, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Road Test

MotorWeek (PBS Video), 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, [Energi Video starts at 19:38], Mar 15, 2013

MPGomatic.com YouTube, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid First Drive : MPGomatic

MPGomatic.com, 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi Test Drive to NYC – 60 MPG? – Video, May 8, 2013

Nanaimo Daily News, Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid is great for around town or hitting the open highwayJun 26, 2014

NWautos, Auto review: Base Ford C-Max Energi is well-equipped, May 9, 2013, Ann M. Job, AP

The Oakland Press, Ford’s C-MAX Energi is a plug-in hybrid that doesn’t skimp on power — TECH TIME AUTO REVIEW, Feb 11, 2013

The Orange County Register, Ford’s Prius fighter? C-Max Energi

Popular Mechanics, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Energi

The Street, First Drive: Ford C-Max Energi

The Street,  Endurance Test: Ford C-Max [Energi] Takes On Chevy Volt

TG Daily, Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid buzz powers up

TorqueNews, A brief outing in the brilliant 2013 Ford CMAX Energi, May 28, 2013

TriplePundit, Ford’s C-MAX Energi Matches Fuel Efficiency With Performance

TheTruthAboutCars.com, Review: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid (with Video), Jan 25, 2013; This review contains misleading statements about the cost of the C-Max Energi over the Hybrid ($8,700?) and also the payback period in fuel costs but it’s a review, so I’m listing it.

txGarage, Full Review of the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi – a better plugin-hybrid, Mar 27, 2013

The Virginian-Pilot, Ford C-Max Energi: Fuel efficient and endearingly dorky, Feb 20, 2013

The Wall Street Journal, Ford C-Max Hybrid Energi: The bawdy electric, May 31, 2013

The Washington Times, 100 MPGe with the 2014 Ford C-Max Energi, Sep 21, 2014

UTSandiego.com, Ford C-Max Energi road test, Sep 5, 2013

Vancouver Courier, Energi takes hybrid tech to the max; 2013 C-Max is part of Ford’s new electrified vehicle range, September 12, 2013

Waxahachietx.com, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, Aug 8, 2013

Web2Carz.com, 2014 Ford C-Max Energi Review, Nov 21, 2014

Wildsau.ca, Review: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi SEL, Jul 20, 2013

Winding Road, Driven: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi

Yahoo Autos, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi enters the battle of the plug-ins: Motoramic Drives

 

 

 

Common Electricity Questions for the C-Max Energi

What’s the difference between a charger, charge station and EVSE?  The Ford C-Max Energi uses a J1772 compatible charge station, also called an EVSE, which means “electric vehicle service equipment.”  The electrical components involved in charging the Energi are located in the car and the charge station.  Although the electronics that convert the AC of the house to the DC used by the Energi is located in the vehicle, it is common to refer to the EVSE or charge station as the charger.

What’s the difference between Level 1 and Level 2 chargers?  The Level 2 chargers are faster.  There are two types of chargers for the C-Max Energi, AC Level 1 and 2 both with the same J1772 connector.  A Level 1 charger is supplied with the C-Max Energi.  A Level 2 charger can be purchased and installed in your home.  Level 2 chargers are often available in public locations for free.  A Level 2 charger will charge about three times faster for a C-Max Energi.  According to various posts, the Level 2 chargers are somewhat more efficient, about 80% compared to 72% for the Ford Level 1 charger[The SAE International charging configurations and ratings terminology sheet is here.]

I’ve tried faster J1772 Level 1 and Level 2 chargers, but the C-Max Energi doesn’t charge any faster.  Why?  Because charging equipment is inside and outside of the C-Max Energi.  I haven’t been able to find specifications for the on-board charging regulator for the C-Max, but based on charging times of 7 hours at 120V and 2.5 hours at 240V, it appears as though the Energi is limited to 1.4 kW for Level 1 and 3.3 kW for Level 2 chargers.  It won’t speed charging times for a Level 1 or Level 2 charger with faster kW specifications.  Level 1 AC chargers use the standard AC 120V receptacle and can operate at 1.4 kW drawing up to 12 amps of current and 1.9 kW drawing up to 16 amps.  Level 2 AC chargers use standard AC 240 V split phase and can operate at 3.3 kW, 7.2 kW and 19.2 kW drawing up to 80 amps for the 19.2 kW 2009 specification.

How much electricity is required to charge a C-Max Energi? About 8 kWh for a full charge with the Ford 120V Level 1 charge station supplied with the C-Max Energi.  This is based on measured full charges with our Energi using a Kill-A-Watt meter.

How efficient is the Ford 120V Level 1 charge station?  72%.  Tom in San Diego posted in the Fordcmaxenergiforum results of testing the efficiency of the Ford 120 Volt charge station that comes with the Energi.  It is only 72% efficient (see the graph below).

Ford 120V Charge Station Efficiency

Ford 120V Charge Station Efficiency

How much does this electricity cost?  Electricity costs vary widely.  There could be a discounted price for charging at night.  At my home (which is typical), the cost is 12 cents per kWh.  The cost to fully charge the battery would be about one dollar.

Are there public charging locations?  What do they cost?  There are more than 10,000 public charging locations in the U.S.  About 85 percent of the public chargers are free.  There are different ways to find charger locations.  (As of August 2013, free chargers are less common.  In Utah, Walgreens has started charging $2.50 per hour, which would make the electricity more expensive than refueling with gasoline and less convenient.)

How much does it cost to drive with electricity rather than gasoline?  It depends on your cost for electricity at home and how often you use free public chargers.  Using 12 cents per kWh you can drive about 24 miles in the city for one dollar.  Assuming you drive 20 city miles each day on electricity and you pay 12 cents per kWh, your annual cost for electricity will be about $410.  According to the EPA, the C-Max Energi has ratings of 108 MPGe city, 92 MPGe highway, and 100 MPGe combined.  The EPA uses 33.7 kWh per gallon-equivalent to calculate the MPGe.  The corresponding miles per kWh would be 3.20 city, 2.73 highway, and 2.97 miles/kWh combined.  The cost of a kWh is typically 12 cents.  Assuming 72 percent efficiency when charging, for one dollar a C-Max Energi could be driven 19.2 miles city, 16.4 miles highway, and 17.8 miles combined.  [The calculation is ((108/33.7)/.12)*.72 for the city.]  As with gasoline, how you drive will affect your cost.  The EPA states the 2012 Nissan Leaf gets miles per kWh of 3.15 city, 2.73 highway, and 2.94 combined.  My personal experience with a Nissan Leaf is better.  My average is 4.1 miles per kWh after driving more than 8,000 miles in a Nissan Leaf.

Ford C-Max Energi Charge Port

Ford C-Max Energi Charge Port with Nissan Leaf J1772 Charger

What is the range of the C-Max Energi when driving with electric energy only?  When C-Max Energi is put in EV Now mode, it uses only electric energy (EV).  According to the EPA, the electric energy range for the Energi is 21 miles.  According to a Forum post by Tom in San Diego, 21 miles is consistent with his experience (see the graph below).  The distance you drive with electric energy will be dependent on how and where you drive.

Ford C-Max Energi EV Range

Ford C-Max Energi EV Range

Do I need to use the charger that comes with the C-Max Energi to charge it?  No.  Any 120V AC Level 1 or 240V AC Level 2 charger with the J1772 connector will charge the C-Max Energi.  The Tesla and Nissan fast chargers are not compatible with the J1772 standard or the C-Max Energi.

How long does it take to charge the C-Max Energi?  According to Ford, it takes 7 hours with the 120V AC Level 1 trickle charger that is supplied with the C-Max and 2.5 hours with a 240V AC Level 2 charger.  Based on full charges with our Energi, it takes 6 hours with the 120V AC Level 1 charger.  Based on full charges with our Energi, it takes just over 2 hours with a 240V AC Level 2 charger.  These times assume the battery is fully discharged.  It probably isn’t.

Are there any special requirements for a charger?  The 120V AC outlet that you plug your Level 1 trickle charger into should be on a dedicated 15-20 amp circuit.

Ford Level 2 J1772 Charger

Ford Level 2 J1772 Charger

 

What does it cost to upgrade to a Level 2 charger in my garage?  The cost depends on the charger you select and the cost of installation.  Installation costs vary from a couple hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, depending on your home.  Although any J1772 charge station will charge the current C-Max Energi at its fastest possible rate, it may make sense to install a 30 amp charger to support future vehicles.  The increased cost is not that significant.  It is also important to make sure that the cord is sufficiently long to satisfy current and future vehicles.  There are a few good choices.  ClipperCreek now has the HCS-40.  This 30 amp EVSE with a 25 ft cord sells for $590.    Bosch has the 30 amp PowerMax EVSE with an 18 ft cord priced at $593.  Another good alternative is the Schneider Electric EV Link 30 amp at Home Depot for $599 with an 18 ft cord.  If you decide to install a 240V Level 2 charger, it makes sense to have an electrician install a 240V outlet in the garage on a dedicated line.  That makes it possible to move the charger to another location.  The tax credit for installing a charge station expired on December 31, 2013.

Where is the 120 volt charger stored in the C-Max Energi?

C-Max Energi Charge Port Storage

C-Max Energi Charge Port Storage is Behind Driver’s Seat

There is a compartment in the floor behind the driver’s seat for storing the charger.

When I’m done charging, can I just pull the charger from the 120V outlet?  No. Do not pull the charger’s wall plug from the outlet while the vehicle is charging. This can damage the cord or outlet.  Disconnect the J1772 connector from the C-Max Energi first.

Are there concerns about the high voltage of the C-Max if I’m involved in an accident?  Yes.  A short blog was published on this, “Emergency Response for The Ford C-Max.”  The C-Max High Voltage disconnect is located behind the rear passenger side seat.

C-Max High Voltage Disconnect

C-Max High Voltage Disconnect is Located Behind the Rear Passenger Side Seat

Are there two batteries for the Ford C-Max Energi, for “hybrid” and “plug-in” operation?  No.  However, from the user perspective there appears to be two.  The software for the drivetrain divides the battery into a 1.1 kWh “hybrid” battery and a 6.5 kWh “plug-in” battery according to an article in Automotive Engineering Online.  As far as I can tell, Ford never charges the battery to 100% or discharges it to 0% to prolong battery life.  A full charge of the Energi adds about 5.5 kWh of charge to the battery and requires about 8 kWh from the wall (electric meter).  When the potential energy is high (at the top of a hill, canyon or mountain) and a long descent is encountered, after the “hybrid” battery is fully charged the “plug-in” battery will start charging.  As a test, I drove up American Fork Canyon until the “hybrid” and “plug-in” batteries were completely discharged and the ICE (internal combustion engine) started.  I then turned around and descended to the starting point.  The hybrid battery was fully charged and the “plug-in” battery had a 30% charge after returning to the start.

This blog was first published December 28, 2012.  It was updated January 5th, 16th, 19th, March 2nd, August 27th, September 11th, 2013 and January 20th, 2014.

 

 

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Ford Site Provides Online Information for Your C-Max

Do you ever wonder whether you have outstanding recalls or software upgrades for your Ford C-Max Hybrid or Energi?  There is a little-known tool, FordEtis, the Online Technical Information and Services website.  Although developed for the European market, it works for Ford C-Max vehicles built and serviced in the U.S.  Just click the vehicle tab, add your VIN and it will list quite a bit of information about your vehicle, build date, options, recalls that need to be performed, and software upgrades.  It is quite useful.

 

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