This blog compares Ford C-Max sales with it’s closest competition, Toyota Prius V and Plug-in. Ford compares the C-Max Hybrid and Energi most often with the Toyota Prius V and Prius Plug-in Hybrid.
The Toyota vehicles are the most similar drivetrain, technology, and passenger/cargo-type vehicles available to compare with the C-Max Hybrid and Energi. The data was obtained from Autoblog. The Ford C-Max Hybrid started shipping in late September and the C-Max Energi first shipped in late October 2012.
Since the Ford C-MAX Energi was first introduced in the U.S. in October 2012, Toyota sold more of its Prius Plug-in, the Energi’s closest competition, every month through July 2014. Since August 2014, there’s been a dramatic collapse in Plug-in sales. Since August 2014, 32% more C-MAX Energi vehicles were sold than the Toyota Prius Plug-in. More C-MAX Energi vehicles were sold in every one of these months except two. It only fell behind in those two months by 8 and 12 vehicles. During the last year, gasoline prices dropped and sales of energy-efficient vehicles struggled. During the 12 months ending June 2015, Ford C-MAX Energi sales dropped just 6% from the same period ending June 2014. C-MAX Energi sales have been fairly stable. Prius Plug-in sales dropped an astounding 60% over the same period. Ford has sold more C-MAX Energi than Prius Plug-in vehicles nine months during the last year (July 2014 through June 2015). Over that period, 17% more Energi vehicles were sold than the Prius Plug-in.
Ford C-Max Energi near Courthouse Towersin Arches National Park.
Paice LLC filed a lawsuit yesterday, February 19, 2014, claiming the C-Max and other Ford Hybrids infringe its patents on electric and internal combustion engine optimization to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions without a loss of performance. Ford licensed one patent in a 2010 agreement. The companies agreed not to litigate over other patents until January 1, 2014 to give time for a settlement. Apparently, the companies couldn’t agree on a settlement. Ford, seeking to preempt the lawsuit, filed a complaint in December in the Delaware Chancery Court seeking a court ruling that Paice couldn’t file a complaint under the terms of their 2010 agreement. Paice has also sued Hyundai and Kia over the same patents.
A July 19, 2010, article in TechCrunch said, “Paice calls itself a ‘startup technology development’ firm. Because it doesn’t manufacture the technology it tests, patents and promotes, many have accused Paice of being ‘patent trolls.'”