CA & MD 2016 Ford C-Max Energi Owners Get Free Charging

California and Maryland buyers between October 1, 2015 and October 1, 2016 of the Ford C-Max Energi  will receive free access for three years to the SemaConnect and NRG EVgo charging networks.  For information on enrolling, go to the EV 1-2-3 Charge website.  In the area of Southern California I’m currently in (Irvine), there are very few chargers on these networks.  For most customers, this is probably of minimal benefit.  I suggest you check out the map for charger locations to see how beneficial it would be for you.

The Ford C-Max and Alternative Electrified Vehicles

As I’ve researched the Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi, I’ve kept track of news and reviews of alternative electrified vehicles.  I’ve listed below some of the more interesting reviews and articles to me on electrified vehicles including power split hybrids like the Prius, extended range electrics like the Volt, and full electric vehicles like the Tesla and Leaf.  This list is not intended to be comprehensive though.  I’ll keep updating this page along with the separate page of reviews for the C-Max.

Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron

Autoblog, Audi A3 E-Tron is a look at battery-operated things to come, March 5, 2013

Edmunds, 2014 Audi A3 E-tron Plug-in Hybrid Debuts, February 21, 2013

BMW i3

Autoblog.com, 2014 BMW i3 First Drive, October 24, 2013

CleanMPG.com, BMWs i3 – The Designs Deep Dive

Electric Vehicle News, BMW i3 to be range extended by 2 cal motorcycle engine

GreenCarReports.com, BMW i3 Electric Car: Motorcycle Engine Range-Extender For 250 Mile Range

Chevrolet Volt

Auto123.com, 2013 Chevrolet Volt Review

Chevroletvoltage.com, New “Chevrolet Volt Driver Challenge” Owner App Lets Drivers Find out How Efficient they REALLY Are

CNET, GM extends EV drivability with apps

Forbes, 2013 Chevrolet Volt – Not Quite Electrifying

GMAuthority.com, GM Working On Software Update To Improve iPhone 5 Bluetooth Connectivity

The Street, Think GM’s Volt Is Failing? Think Again

The Street, Chevrolet Volt 2.0: What to Expect

Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Car Connection, 2013 Ford Fusion: The Car Connection’s Best Car To Buy 2013 Video and Text

CNET, 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Ford puts its best tech forward in this mid-size sedan, February 27, 2013

Detroit Free Press, 2013 Ford Fusion named Green Car of the Year

KBB.com, Ford Fusion Named 2013 Best Redesigned Vehicle By Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com

AutoGuide.com, 2013 Ford Fusion Review – Because sexy sells Video and Text

Car and Driver, 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, You Belong to the City: Detroit makes a hybrid with real-car refinement and style.

CNNMoney.com, Ford Fusion: Green Car of the Year Video

CultureMap Dallas, Smart Energy Car of the Year: Ford Fusion Hybrid is the most fun and best-looking hybrid on the road

The Detroit News, Ford Fusion Hybrid rolls with Aston Martin grille, 47 mpg

Edmunds Inside Line, 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE Full Test Video

Jay Leno’s Garage, Ford ’12 Focus Electric and ’13 Fusion Hybrid Video

The New York Times, 2013 Ford Fusion, A Winning Ticket of Style and Handling

The New York Times, 2013 Ford Fusion, A Hybrid Done Right, but Not Without Glitches

PureGreenCars, 2013 Ford Fusion Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

Yahoo Finance, Ford has prettiest, affordable hybrid car, 2013 Fusion Hybrid rated at 47 miles per gallon

Honda Accord

AutoBlog, 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, The Accord Gets Friendly With A Volt-esque Powertrain

AutoMedia.com, 2014 Honda Accord PHEV, Honda Unveils New Hybrid Powertrains

Lincoln MKZ

Edmunds, 2013 Lincoln MKZ Sedan; This Car Won’t Save Lincoln

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Automobile 2.0: The Highly Efficient/Eco-Friendly Plug-in Outlander PHEV

Autoblog, 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander unveiled with new look, standard seating for seven, November 29, 2012

AutoblogGreen, Mitsubishi sets Outlander PHEV debut for January 24 in Japan, December 27, 2012

Inside-Outlander, This is a website devoted to the Outlander.  There is a lot of useful information for those interested in this PHEV SUV.  Sales in Japan have started now.  Orders in the Netherlands are substantial because of a substantial government tax advantage for it in 2013.

Nissan Hi-Cross Concept SUV

HybridCars.com, Hybrid Hi-Cross Concept Hints At Future Nissan SUV

Nissan Leaf SL

2012 Nissan Leaf SL

Nissan Leaf

AutoGuide.com, 2013 Nissan Leaf Getting Longer Range, Lower Price Tag

CNET, 2012 Nissan Leaf SL review:Nissan builds an electric car for the rest of us

GreenCarReports, 2011 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Update: 25,000 Miles, No Woes

GreenCarReports, 2013 Nissan Leaf Electric Car Revealed In Japanese Trim

GreenCarReports, Nissan Leaf Electric Car: Ultimate Guide, What You Need To Know

The First Nissan Leaf Delivered in Utah, March 28, 2012 to a Very Satisfied Owner in Ivins.  His web site has quite a bit of information on the Leaf and his experience with it near St. George Utah.

Nissan Resonance Concept

Autoblog.com, Nissan Resonance Concept gives glimpse of next Murano – This isn’t an electrified vehicle but it looks interesting.

Subaru

Subaru’s First Hybrid Will Be Unveiled In March

Tesla Model X

Auto123.com, 2014 Tesla Model X Preview, The most perfect self-propelled vehicle ever?

GreenCarReports.com, Tesla Model X Electric Crossover New Interior: Detroit Auto Show Live Pictures

Toyota Camry Hybrid

The Globe and Mail, 2012 TOYOTA CAMRY HYBRID, Hybrid Camry a better buy than the standard model

Toyota Prius C

GreenCarReports.com, 2013 Toyota Prius C – REVIEW

TheSunDaily, Small package, big benefits

Toyota Prius V and Plug-in

CMaxChat.com, Some Recent Reviews of the Prius Plug-in/Prius V

GreenCarReports.com, 2013 Toyota Prius V – REVIEW

Indo-Canadian Voiceonline, 2013 Toyota Prius v: The bigger, roomier hybrid

Via Motors

Via modifies trucks, SUVs and vans made by GM into electric vehicles with an extended range gas generator.

VW Golf Plug-in Hybrid

Autobloggreen, Volkswagen Golf plug-in hybrid now due in 2014, February 28, 2013

VW CrossBlue Plug-in Diesel-electric Hybrid Concept

Digital Trends, Volkswagen shows off CrossBlue plug-in diesel-electric hybrid concept

GreenCarReports, Volkswagen’s Two Diesel Plug-In Hybrid Concepts

VW Jetta Hybrid

Autoblog, 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, More Fun Than A Prius, Less Sensible Than A TDI, February 12, 2013

AutoGuide.com, 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Review, Going green without the drawbacks Video and Text

The Detroit News, 2013 compact Jetta Hybrid is a no-compromises eco-friendly car

GreenCarReports, 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid: First Drive

GreenCarReports, VW: Plug-In Hybrids ‘A Long-Term Trend’, Steps Up For 2013

Technology Tell, VW Touts 7 Cars Over 40 MPG

VW XL1 (High MPG, Not too practical)

GreenCarReports, 261 MPG Volkswagen XL1 Production Confirmed, Debuts Geneva, Feb 21, 2013

Autoblog, 2014 Volkswagen XL1 with Video, March 11, 2013

 

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There’s a New Tax Credit for Installing an EV Charger

Ford Level 2 J1772 Charger

Ford Level 2 J1772 Charger

C-Max Energi owners and prospective buyers could be interested in a little noticed part of the “Fiscal Cliff” legislation passed yesterday.  There is a tax credit for installing a charger in your home.  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 but limited to $1000.  The tax credit had expired on December 31st, 2011.  It is now available for chargers purchased through December 31st, 2013.  If you bought a charger last year, the tax credit is available for the 2012 tax year too.  The tax credit will most likely accelerate the growth of public chargers of which about 85 percent are free.  To find public chargers, use this blog: “Finding Charger Locations for the C-Max Energi.”

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”.

 

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