The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified the 2012 Ford Focus Electric as the most fuel-efficient 5-passenger car in the U.S. now, with a fuel efficiency of 110 MPGe (in the city).
The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is now on sale for $39,995.
Ford Focus Electric beats Nissan Leaf (a little) in performance metrics: The Ford Focus Electric’s combined fuel efficiency is 105 MPGe, 6 better than the Nissan Leaf’s 99 MPGe. Also, it reportedly offers “more motor power, passenger room and standard features.” (I still prefer the Leaf, though.)
“Customers can make more use of this efficiency with Ford’s faster charging technology that can recharge Focus Electric in about half the time of Nissan Leaf,” a news release today said. Hmm,.. it’s growing on me.
Ford Focus Electric would save you money: Even today (and you know gas prices are only going to continue rising), the Ford Focus Electric would save the average U.S. customer $9,700 in fuel costs over the course of five years, compared to a comparable new car. But, the news release noted that “the cost for a gallon of gas rose 20 cents in a seven-day period” in California last week. Expect more of that in the years to come. So, if you drive an electric vehicle, expect more savings in the years to come.
Range — nothing to worry about: The Ford Focus has a range of 76 miles per charge, but can be driven up to about 100 miles on a single charge with good driving habits. With the average American driving 29 miles a day, that is way more than most people would need to ensure that they just have to charge the car at night (not even every night) and don’t get stranded anywhere.
Ford Focus Electric to soon be joined by Ford Fusion: “The Focus line soon will be joined by the new 2013 Ford Fusion – aiming to be America’s most fuel-efficient gas- and hybrid-powered midsize sedans – to help create one of the industry’s most fuel-efficient car lineups. The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is projected to become the world’s most fuel-efficient midsize sedan by achieving more than 100 MPGe in electric mode.”
“Ford is giving customers the power of choice for leading fuel economy regardless of what type of vehicle or powertrain technology they choose,” said Eric Kuehn, chief nameplate engineer, Focus Electric. “The Focus and Fusion are great examples of how we transformed our fleet of cars, utilities and trucks with leading fuel efficiency.”
For much more on the 2012 Ford Focus Electric and a host of other fuel-efficient cars from Ford, check out the Ford Motor Company news release.
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