If you are considering the purchase of a plug-in hybrid from Ford, March might be the time to make the move. According to Ford’s corporate website , outgoing 2014 Fusion Energi models can receive about $3,500 in combined manufacturers discounts—and $4,000 on a 2014 C-Max Energi.
These discounts are variably listed as “bonus cash” or “customer rebates.” These incentives are on top of a federal tax credit of $4,007, and California-based rebates of $1,500. In addition, there may be discounts available on lease and financing packages.
Similarly, 2015 models carry Ford discounts, but they are more likely to be $1,000.
The Ford website stipulates that customers must take new retail delivery from dealer stock by March 31, 2015.
While the math on the mixed bag of incentives and discounts can be difficult to decipher, the takeaway is that Ford and its dealers are eager to make deals on plug-in hybrids.
The Ford C-Max Energi is a compelling alternative to the other leading plug-in hybrids—the Chevy Volt and Plug-in Prius. It offers about 21 miles of all-electric driving and 620 miles of total range. The small wagon-like platform is versatile and functional.
The Ford Fusion Energi offers a robust plug-in electric system in an ultra-popular roomy full-size sedan platform. The model offers the equivalent nearly 90 miles per gallon, without compromising style or passenger space. After its battery is depleted, the Fusion Energi still delivers 40 miles per gallon.
Both Ford plug-ins offer five-seat capacity—while the more popular Chevy Volt only offers room for four passengers. And the Ford Energi models beat the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid for all-electric range, arguably the most important specification for a plug-in hybrid. With the discounts, the Ford C-Max Energi would be the least expensive plug-in hybrid on the market.