According to Forbes, most cars stay in dealer inventory for two months. The Ford C-Max has a dealer inventory time of 17 days. That short time places the C-Max in the list of the top ten hardest cars to find according to Forbes. Of the ten, only the Kia Soul sold more than the C-Max in November 2012. Half of the vehicles on the list have very limited production. Forbes combined the C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi for their article. The C-Max Energi is far more difficult to find.
I did a little research with the Edmunds.com site to determine how difficult the C-Max Energi is to find. There were nineteen markets that were the first to receive plug-in electric cars from Ford, including the plug-in version of the C-Max, the C-Max Energi. A search within 500 miles of each of those nineteen markets with the Edmunds.com inventory search shows that the C-Max Energi is very hard to find. I couldn’t find one. A less exhaust search weeks ago did find very limited inventory. It appears as though thousands of C-Max Hybrids are available at dealers using the same Edmunds.com search. It’s possible that Ford is filling C-Max Energi orders for GE rather than providing inventory to dealers. Asking Santa to bring you a C-Max Energi is probably more successful than going to your local Ford dealer.