8) Ford C-Max
The C-Max has evolved from the Ford Focus platform to become the company’s first hybrid-only line of vehicles in their home market. First produced in 2003, the cars are now available in hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. US retail prices start from $24,120.
The C-Max makes plugging-in optional. When plugged-in the car’s battery pack will fully charge in about 2.5 hours, using the 240 volt home charging option. With the standard 120 volt convenience cord it would take overnight, or about eight hours.
The C-Max has an EV Mode which lets drivers choose between electric only, gasoline only, or a combination of gas and electric driving modes. The car’s workhorse is a 2.0 litre, Atkinson cycle inline four, gasoline engine. Electric motors run from a 7.6 kWh lithium ion battery pack. The combined gas-electric output is 188 hp. Top speed is 85 mph in pure electric mode and 115 mph in hybrid mode.