Lost amid the squabbling over drilling permits on public land, Iowa wind farms, Massachusetts coal plants and high gasoline prices during Wednesday's heated presidential debate, another shot was fired on the front lines of the battle for energy independence.
Ford Motor Co. said earlier Wednesday that the 2013 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid has been certified to go 620 miles on a tank of gasoline and single charge as rated by the EPA.
That's enough to top the range of the 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid by 80 miles, and the 2013 Chevrolet Volt, with a range of 380 miles.
(To be fair, the C-Max Energi has a larger fuel tank than the Prius plug-in hybrid and Volt.)
But Ford, raising the ante in the fuel economy wars, says the C-Max Energi plug-in will deliver as many as 21 miles of range in all-electric, and an EPA-certified equivalent of 100 mpg in combined city and highway driving. The Prius plug-in is rated at 95 mpg-e combined and the Volt is rated at 98 mpg-e combined.
Sales, no doubt, will be modest given the C-Max Energi's base price of $33,745, including destination. Federal income tax credits of as much as $3,750 can knock the price down to $29,995. And additional incentives will be available in select states.