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Car Tech Spotlight: Mobile app for the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi

Application lets you control aspects of Ford’s plug-in hybrid and keep tabs on it from your smartphone.

Driving a plug-in electric hybrid requires some extra homework if you want to save gas by topping off the battery every day. I discovered this after a week with the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, one of Ford’s latest plug-in vehicles.

While it’s not a huge hassle, plugging in is not as convenient as pulling up to the pump, especially since I live in Oregon, where it’s against the law to pump your own gas. But the more you plug in, the less you have to visit a gas station.

One thing that makes owning the C-Max Energi convenient – and is also just cool technology – is the MyFord Mobile application that lets you control various features of the vehicle and also keep tabs on it.

This isn’t unique. Most cars of this type – the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S – have their own smartphone apps that let you remotely access features and information about the vehicle.

MyFord Mobile has these covered: Battery charge status, finding the car’s location, activating the climate control system while the car is plugged in and setting a desired temperature. But it also provides much more.

Ford C-Max Energi MyFord Mobile appFor one, it helps solve the issue that most plagues plug-ins: range anxiety. Since the Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid like the Volt and not a pure electric vehicle like the Leaf and Model S, this isn’t a huge concern, since the gasoline engine can kick in when the battery runs out of juice.

But MyFord Mobile is the only app that shows charging stations on a map. And while it doesn’t route you to them, it gives you info such as the address and charging options at the site.


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