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.
There is a tax credit for installing a charger (EVSE) that will expire on December 31st, 2014, assuming President Obama signs HR 5771 that was passed on December 16th, 2014. 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. If you missed out on this tax credit in 2013 and bought a charger this year, it applies to any purchase and installation in 2014. The tax credit is for the purchase and installation costs, so quick action is required. The tax credit expires after December 31, 2014 – you have less than two weeks if you didn’t buy a charger and install it in 2014 already. There are several J1772 Level 2 choices at HomeDepot.com. Some states, such as Maryland, have tax credits or rebates for buying and installing an EVSE too.