Ford is boasting it has three times as many dealers as originally planned certified to sell the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid people mover that it said has been rated at 105 MPGe– 5 MPGe more than Toyota’s Prius Plug-In.
In a press release, Ford said more than 900 dealers had either become certified or were scheduled to become certified to sell the C-MAX Energi after the company had originally estimated 350 dealers would seek certification. The company said 25% of car shoppers are considering plug-in hybrids. The brand plans to have certified dealers selling the model in all 50 states by the time the sedan sister to the C-MAX Energi, the Fusion Energi, is released for sale early in 2013.
Ford Electrified Vehicle Marketing manager C.J. O’Donnell said, “Ford’s strategy to deliver the power of choice for leading fuel economy across our lineup seems very well timed as our customers and dealers are showing significant interest in vehicles such as the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid. C-MAX Energi joins C-MAX Hybrid to help Ford take on Prius for the first time, with great early signs as the hybrid outsold Prius V in its first full month of sales in October.”
To be eligible to sell the C-MAX Energi and other Ford electrified vehicles, dealers have to meet a laundry list of requirements viewable in the official Ford press release.