Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid Granted Access to NY HOV Lanes
Now, the Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In hybrid has been granted access to New York’s HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) carpool lanes, which includes a 40-mile (60 km) stretch along the Long Island Expressway, which is a very important way into the city.
The C-Max has met all of the stringent emissions standards, and has now been classed as a super ultra-low emissions vehilce (SULEV), and with EPA-certified efficiency numbers of 108 MPGe in town and 92 MPGe on the highway, it is one of the most frugal vehicles on sale in the US today. Furthermore, it has Ford’s excellent chassis tuning, and is decently powerful for what it is, which makes it surprisingly fun to drive for a vehicle in this niche.
It is interesting to see if once the EPA concludes its investigation of Ford’s possibly-fake efficiency figures, and the result is a bad one for Ford, if the HOV lane access will be taken away.