Ford Motor Company has ended production of the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. The slow-selling crossover–originally intended to be Ford’s answer to the Toyota Prius–never caught on from a sales perspective.
The folks over at Green Car Reports confirmed the C-Max Energi’s death with Ford. The company states the plug-in Energi model is already out of production, while the C-Max Hybrid will end production in mid-2018. Both variants are produced at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant outside of Detroit and have been produced there since launching in 2013.
Ford has sold fewer than 16,000 C-Max units so far in 2017. It’s low sales volume has likely had a significant impact on the automaker’s decision to pull the plug on production. Also impacting C-Max sales has been two reductions in its EPA fuel economy ratings since launch after owners reported real-world fuel economy that wasn’t even close to its original ratings from 2013.
Both C-Max variants share their respective powertrains with the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Energi models, both of which will remain in production through the life of the current generation Fusion sedan. While the C-Max itself will not have a direct replacement, Ford is working on an all-new battery-electric crossover reportedly called “Model E” that will likely appeal to the alternative energy crowd. This vehicle will likely launch in 2020.