C-max Energi approved for solo carpool lane use

California has approved the 2013 Ford C-max Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for the Green Clean Air Vehicle sticker in California. That means a lone occupant can drive the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in the carpool lane by themselves.

Now that the C-max Energi has been approved in California, Ford says it will likely be approved in other states with similar laws like New York and Virginia.

“We’re pleased with California customers’ early interest in the C-MAX hybrids, our first dedicated hybrid-only nameplate in North America, in the No. 1 hybrid market in the U.S.,” said Michael O’Brien, Ford electrified vehicle marketing manager. “The C-MAX Energi is the most affordable, most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid with the longest overall range for any utility or compact vehicle on the market today – this extra carpool lane incentive and rebate will help Californians go further with Ford in every sense of the phrase.”

In California, there are only 40,000 single occupant access stickers available in the state for any qualifying vehicles, so it is a first come first serve basis.

Due to the size of the C-max Energi battery pack, being smaller than a 100% electric vehicle like the Nissan Leaf, the Federal Tax Credit is $5,250 rather than the full $7,500 amount available to all electric vehicles.

For more information on the C-max Energi Forum, sign up and discuss the C-max Energi – part of Ford’s first fully hybrid line of vehicles.

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