According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Ford began October with 122 days of inventory supply for the C-Max. Inventory rose from 108 days on September 1st. Automakers try to inventory about 60 days of supply per vehicle. The C-Max Hybrid had the lowest monthly sales in September of any full-sales month since it was introduced to the U.S. market in 2012.
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.
C-Max Energi owners should be interested in a little noticed part of the “Fiscal Cliff” legislation passed at the beginning of 2013. There is a tax credit for installing a charger in your home. The tax credit had expired on December 31st, 2011. It is now available for chargers purchased through December 31st, 2013. There is also a tax credit for businesses installing chargers. This tax credit is applicable for chargers for the C-Max Energi but also other plug-in vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Prius Plug-in Hybrid. The residential tax credit is 30 percent of the cost of the charger and installation but limited to $1000. If you bought a charger last year, the tax credit is available for the 2012 tax year too.
I bought a Bosch Power Max EL-51253 30-Amp Level-2 7.2-kWh J1772 Charger for $593 plus $50 shipping from evCHARGEsolutions. I had the electrician install a 240V 40 Amp line from a new breaker in the panel to an electric range outlet in the garage. The electrician then used a standard electric range cord for the charger installation. By not hardwiring the charger, it will make it easy to move it to another location. I paid $746 for the installation. After the tax credit, the total cost to me will be $972.30.
Many questions about charging the C-Max Energi are answered in the blog, “Common Electricity Questions for the C-Max Energi.” To get help in buying a charger, use the blog, “Charging the Ford C-Max Energi.”
The charger tax credit is in Internal Revenue Code Section 30C. This credit expired on December 31st, 2011 formerly. It is extended through December 31st, 2013 in the Fiscal Cliff Bill on page 63, lines 14 through 21. The tax credit is summarized at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center as the “Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit”.
This blog was revised on October 9th, 2013.