NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Ford (F) C-Max Energi just entered production in October and I got achance to take it for a very brief city spin a week ago. A moremeaningful test, which would involve at least two to three days of highwaydriving and electric-range testing, will hopefully be forthcomingsooner rather than later.In terms of its powertrain, the C-Max Energi slots in slightly closerto the Toyota ( TM) Prius Plug-In than GM's ( GM) Chevrolet Volt. The total sizeof the battery capacity in the C-Max Energi is 7.6 kW, compared to 4.4in the Prius and 16.5 in the Volt. While the Prius will only take you six miles on electricity, the C-Maxwill do 21, which is still far behind the Volt's 38 miles. Once thoseall-electric miles are over, the Prius performs at 50 MPG, the C-Maxat 43 and the Volt at 38 MPG. The C-Max differs compared to the Prius by being able to operate inall-electric mode for its first phase. It does so by limitingperformance a little bit, however, topping at 85 MPH. The Prius seesits gasoline engine cut in at moderate acceleration, or if you drivenear or a bit above 60 MPH. As such, the Prius really operates in"blended" gasoline/electric mode for 11 miles (6 of whom areelectric), again compared to the C-Max's 21 all-electric miles.
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