After the Warranty What Will the C-Max Battery Cost to Replace?

2013 Ford C-Max Energi

2013 Ford C-Max Energi – The high-voltage battery is in the rear beneath the cargo area.

If you’re considering buying a C-Max, you might be concerned about the cost of replacing the lithium ion battery when it fails.  A recent article in Autobloggreen said it wasn’t “all that expensive.”  The C-Max warranty is 8 years and 100,000 miles for the hybrid components, which includes the lithium ion battery.  In California, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington the hybrid components (which includes the battery) are covered for a longer 10 years and 150,000 miles warranty (if your state passes the California emissions warranty, your warranty should be extended too).  Although the warranty isn’t for 10-years and 150,000 miles in most states, Ford does state that the battery will last more than 10-years and 150,000 miles.  Ford’s Chief Electrified Powertrain Engineer Mazen Hammoud stated in a recent Twitter question and answer that, “The battery is designed to last for the life of the vehicle.”

According to GreenCarReports.com, hybrid battery packs are designed to last the life of the vehicle (about 15 years).  What if your battery doesn’t last?  The C-Max lithium ion battery for the 2013 Hybrid is listed on the official Ford parts web site.  The price is $3,510.38, part number 10B759.  This is a 1.4 kWh battery.  The battery for the C-Max Energi is the same part number and costs $8,546.87.  It is a 7.6 kWh battery.  Two factors may drop the cost to you.  First, you will need to drive the C-Max for more than 100,000 miles or 8 years, whichever is less before you bear the cost of replacement.  Once this warranty time period has passed, the cost of batteries should have dropped.  Second, Toyota gives Prius owners a “core credit” when they replace their batteries.  Toyota is currently charging $3,649 for a first- or second-generation battery, but the core credit is $1350 bringing the cost to $2,299.  Perhaps Ford will also give owners a core credit.  There is also a substantial labor cost for replacing the battery.  Last July, GreenCarReports described the experience of a Prius owner.  The total replacement cost with service was $4,400.  The owner walked out in shock at the price.  Later, the owner asked the service department for a better quote.  This time the total was $2,931.

According to Autobloggreen, “Consumer Reports has been impressed with the reliability of hybrid batteries and performance of the cars overall.”  Hopefully, C-Max owners are impressed with the reliability in 2020, eight years from now too.

This blog was published on 4 Dec 2012, updated on 13 Dec 2012 and revised and republished on September 28, 2013.

 

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Why Buying a C-Max Energi Now Makes Sense

Ford C-Max Energi

Ford C-Max Energi

Hey, I wish I would have waited a month to buy the C-Max Energi.  Ford is now offering $3000 in bonus customer cash, 0% for 60 months and a $1000 competitive lease conquest in some areas for the C-Max Energi.  (Go to the linked web page, choose C-Max Energi, click on Finance Programs.  I suggest you also verify with a dealer what incentives are available in your area.)  The IRS is also now stating that the tax credit is 4007 rather than $3751.  Many states offer tax credits or rebates, in some states like California, Colorado, and Georgia they can be substantial.  In California you’ll get a $1500 payment.  In addition, take into consideration that inventory is high and dealers will discount substantially.  To me, it appears to be a very good time to buy if you can take the Federal tax credit.

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National Plug In Day and Ford Plug-in Vehicles

Ford C-Max Energi owners may not be aware that September 28 and 29, 2013 (Saturday and Sunday) is “National Plug In Day.”  There are local events scheduled throughout the world.  There’s more information available and a page to find local events near you at the National Plug In Day website.

C-Max Energi Alpine Loop

2013 Ford C-Max Energi

Ford continues to collect information on EV use using the MyFord Mobile application and website for the Ford Focus Electric, C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi.  Ford said 203,000 electric miles are driven every day by Energi (Plug-in Hybrid C-Max and Fusion) owners.  After six months, nearly 30 percent of all trips are gas-free compared with about 20 percent at the beginning of Energi ownership.  Ford doesn’t collect information on individual drivers according to the press release, but aggregates group data so that it can continue to deliver the best possible ownership experience.  Ford also announced the “PowerUp Tour” to inform consumers about the Energi.  The PowerUp website has a form to enter a sweepstakes to win a Ford C-Max Energi.

 

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