I talked to a salesperson at a local Ford dealer this week and came away empty handed.
According to her, Ford decided that our entire state is a "no electric cars" zone. They consider the C-Max Energi to be one, and there's not enough demand to make it worthwhile. The trucks fly out of the showroom, and I must have been the "lonely voice in the wilderness" that stopped in to ask about the Energi. The closest one they can find that meets my criteria is over 200 miles away, out of their network, and therefore something of a hassle for them to obtain. So attempting to negotiate anywhere significantly below MSRP was a non starter.
I have a classic Prius now (14 years strong) and am completely sold on the hybrid concept. I work mostly from home so I don't run up a lot of miles, but I travel out of the state several times a year. I started out looking at the C-Max, but I switched to the Energi version when it occurred to me that I would probably be able to go completely without burning gas except on interstate trips. Since energy efficiency is one of my pursuits, I really like that idea!
Unfortunately, the fact that there doesn't seem to be any significant demand for this car in my state has me wondering whether I'll be able to find competent service for it. Would they bother to certify their mechanics for technology that isn't sold here? I have to wonder.
According to the ford build & price website, there are several of the 2016 C-Max Energi in the northern Virginia area. I drive up there every month or two, so I can shop for one the next time I'm up there. I'll have to do the licensing myself, but it would at least provide the option to look the car over and buy without a middleman dealer arrangement.
Does this seem like a good idea? Would you buy a model that apparently, is being kept out of your state?