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Old 09-17-2012, 02:55 PM   #1
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New Ford Hybrid, is it a TV?

Ford is selling a gas/electric hybrid SUV/crossover called the C-Max. It has 188 total Horsepower, so I am assuming it can tow. But Ford doesn't list this info on their Web site. Any ideas?

It would be nice to have the estimated 47MPG when not towing.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:00 PM   #2
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Are you willing to spend the higher initial cost and wait around 17 years to break even on that cost based on the higher mpg? Not me but it's your money. You can spend it however you want. Horsepower has little to do with towing ability. Torque is the figure for that. HP relates to acceleration.
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I really don't think this is a viable tow vehicle. I have a hybrid Escape and it is rated for just 1000#, though I tow a 13 footer that is about 1500#.

The limitation of the Escape hybrid is sustained grade climbing ability.
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Are you willing to spend the higher initial cost and wait around 17 years to break even on that cost based on the higher mpg? Not me but it's your money. You can spend it however you want. Horsepower has little to do with towing ability. Torque is the figure for that. HP relates to acceleration.
At about $25,000 it is comparable to the Kia or the Hyundai which only get 21-27MPG with the 4cyl 170HP engine. The Ford's CVT with primary electric drive will generate 129ftlbs of torque. The Kia Sportage 4cyl will do 168ftlbs.

How much torque is required for a 1000lb Scamp?
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It's not really about how much torque. The more you have the easier the tow will be.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:15 PM   #6
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Just talked to a Ford dealer. They say Ford does not recommend towing with the C-Max
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Just talked to a Ford dealer. They say Ford does not recommend towing with the C-Max
Take a look at the Escape with the EcoBoost engine. Up to 3500# towing and good mileage to boot.

While I have enjoyed my hybrid, I don't think I'll be buying another hybrid. The upside is great fuel economy, the downside is that you are buying a vehicle that almost no one knows how to repair, even at a dealership. Reliability has been good, but I know that if the instrument panel lights up when I'm in the middle of nowhere, I'm kind of hosed.

Now that Ford has introduced the EcoBoost engines in the Escape, it would be hard for me to justify the added expense and uncertainty of a hybrid for the incremental savings in gasoline.

My two cents, to give you some perspective from 5 1/2 years down the road of the initial GeeWhiz of a new hybrid.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:12 PM   #8
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Gary,

I've also considered the Ford "C" vehicles for towing.

We have spent about $4,000 on fuel towing during our 300+ days on the road this year. A good hybrid might reduce the cost gas for this year's 24,000 miles by $1,300.

We've had our tow vehicle for 8 years and extending the $1,300 savings over 8 years that would amount to about $10,000. If "C" car was $10,000 more the hybrid might be a fair deal assuming it was as reliable as our present tow vehicle.

The reliability issue is important with respect to operating cost. Of course buying a "C" hybrid car in it's first year would be against my rule of buying first year models.

One nice aspect of an electric motor is that it has high torque at start up and an electric motor can be a nice complement to a gas charging/drive engine.

The downside is that the battery capacity is low.

I guess if I wanted great mileage I'd lean towards a 4 cylinder diesel. Though I'm concerned about VW reliability, I might consider a VW diesel to tow a Scamp 13, particularly if the Scamp has it's own brakes.

I try to question owners of VW diesels when I meet them. Everyone has spoken highly of the diesel, it's abundant torque and it's great mileage but .....
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You do realize that diesel fuel is about $.40 per gallon more costly or approximately 10-15% more costly. Will the initial premium as well as the fuel premium justify another 3-5 mpg towing savings?
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You do realize that diesel fuel is about $.40 per gallon more costly or approximately 10-15% more costly. Will the initial premium as well as the fuel premium justify another 3-5 mpg towing savings?

Norm do you also realize that the VW TDI Clean Diesel is only rated to tow 1000lbs?? while the weights on 13" Scamps on the trailer Weights in the real world range between 1620lbs to 1950lbs.
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I do not know VW North America tow ratings. I do know Can AM RV tows with them.

Discounting liability fears I suspect practically anything can tow a Scamp 13, particularly with Scamp 13 brakes.
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You do realize that diesel fuel is about $.40 per gallon more costly or approximately 10-15% more costly. Will the initial premium as well as the fuel premium justify another 3-5 mpg towing savings?

Jim,

I do realize there's a differential in pricing between gas and diesel but I suspect the diesel mileage difference will be enough to overcome it. As well the diesel torque difference is outstanding. Potentially diesel engine life should also be better.

If I could get Honda to sell me one I'd buy a Honda disel in a minute.

Gas prices have been skyrocketing this month, just about $4.00 a gallon, doubling in the last 4 years. It could get dramatically worse in this year, depending on Iran/Israel and other potential events.

The bottom line is we want to be on the road and are considering other solutions.

I suspect that we'll just keep our Honda CRV. It's performed wonderfully averaging between 22-23 mpg while crossing more mountain passes than ever bouncing around the north west, criss crossing MT, Idaho and NV.

We have had a marvlous year, met many FRV people, just left the Scamp factory and on our way home... just the best of times for us.

Entering day 308 in a few hours.....
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You do realize that diesel fuel is about $.40 per gallon more costly or approximately 10-15% more costly. Will the initial premium as well as the fuel premium justify another 3-5 mpg towing savings?

According to Rancilio's experience with his TDI, the savings is actually an additional 10-15mpg... and would cover $.40 of additional cost! His post is part-way down.

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At about $25,000 it is comparable to the Kia or the Hyundai which only get 21-27MPG with the 4cyl 170HP engine. The Ford's CVT with primary electric drive will generate 129ftlbs of torque. The Kia Sportage 4cyl will do 168ftlbs.

How much torque is required for a 1000lb Scamp?

I want to know where that 1000lb Scamp is? Bare bones no options maybe?
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