Is a Plug-In Hybrid Better Than a Traditional Hybrid?

Ford's tweet last week challenges your knowledge of hybrids vs plug-in hybrids, particularly with reference to the C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi. Mark Fields, Ford's President & CEO, has stated that he believes as we move toward a greener future, plug-in hybrids will be driver's vehicle of choice.

So, what makes the plug-in so special?

Both the Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi use a powerful lithium-ion battery to drive an electric motor capable of propelling the car forward up to 85mph, and both also have an internal combustion engine that kicks in when more power is needed, for a combined 188 horsepower.

The plug-in, however, plugs in to charge.

You might initially see this as a drawback. Who wants to be tethered down?

The C-Max Energi is far more flexible than that. If you can't charge the vehicle for any reason, it operates as a traditional hybrid would. You're never tethered. When you do have time to charge it, the larger battery can support longer trips on all-electric power, acting like a fully electric vehicle.

The C-Max Energi also gives you control with three different settings:

  • EV Now runs the car on all-electric power, so you don't use any fossil fuels.
  • EV Later engages the combustion engine, so you can save electricity for later.
  • Auto EV lets the car decide how to balance electricity and gas power for optimum efficiency.

Any questions? Leave a comment below, or contact Hoblit Motors, and come test drive an efficient new Ford in Colusa, CA.

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