Ford claims that its new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicle delivers a top speed of 85 mph (137 km/h) at the touch of a button, topping the Toyota Prius by more than 20 mph (32 km/h). This allows Ford’s first plug-in hybrid to easily keep up with the flow of traffic, even when the gasoline engine is off. “We understand customers place a high value on the zero-emission electrified driving experience,” said Ford Vice President of Powertrain Engineering Joe Bakaj. “This inspired our engineering team to equip the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid with a button that enables drivers to choose an electric-only driving mode.” The EV mode button, located in the center stack, provides drivers with three modes to choose from. At EV: Auto, the C-MAX Energi operates as a full hybrid using both the electric battery and the engine; EV: Now runs the vehicle in EV mode, using only plug-in power; and EV: Later utilizes the gasoline engine and saves plug-in power for later use, such as transitioning from highway to town. “C-MAX Energi uses technology in new ways to provide customers smart choices in maximizing their energy usage based on where and how they drive their vehicles,” said Bakaj.