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Published on March 2nd, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


Ford Focus Electric: 110 MPGe & Most Fuel-Efficient Car in U.S.

March 2nd, 2012 by  

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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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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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  • Good copy pasting from the Ford site. Still, good to know the other US automaker gets it right.

  • Stan Allen

    Really, if the cost of electricity prices would “Necessarily Increase” by your President’s Own words; why then do use the argument that a savings of over $9,000.00 in 4 years (greatly exaggerated I might add) would save us. The only thing that will save us is that you greenhouse liberals should start your own Country and try to finance it without us filthy “Conservative Capitalist”. Don’t propose to “Hope” and “Change” mine.

    • BS and blather. And your obsession is very telling in that you seem to think he’s not your President as well – asssuming you’re a US citizen that is.

    • buildakicker

      Liberals love to save money by spending more. LOL

      I like this car though. Made by Ford too! Not bailed out!

      • Insects love to only think about the coming few days or months (since they don’t anticipate living much longer).

        Some people retire at 50. Some retire at 80.

        Planning’s a bitch, eh?

      • Bob_Wallace

        ‘Liberals love to save money by spending more. LOL”

        Absolutely! It’s called “investing”. It’s what smart people do in order to become wealthy.

        ” Made by Ford too! Not bailed out!”

        You do realize, don’t you, that had GM and Chrysler not been bailed out Ford would have had a lot of trouble staying in business.

        The bailout prevented lots and lots of companies that supply all auto manufactures with their windshields/blower motors/door latch stuff from going under. Had that happened Ford would have had no place to source their components. Ford’s business alone would have probably not kept suppliers in operation.

        (I’m guessing you didn’t know that. It’s not the sort of facts one finds on Fox….)

  • SirSparks

    The EPA uses a formula of 1 gallon gas = 33.7Kw. This is an absurd number based on a perfect energy conversion and that shows no relevance to actual Kw obtained by a gasoline engine. For example my highly efficient inverter generator obtains 4Kw per gallon at best. Using these figures then a 40MPG car would be equivalent to an MPGe 33.7/4 times higher or 105MPG(e) x 33.7 divide by 4 or 884 MPG(e) ! We don’t live in a perfect world but I guess the EPA does, the truth is that in this real world EV’s are many many times more efficient then gas vehicles.

    • Bob_Wallace

      I’d love to see the Department of Energy do a thorough analysis of the energy that goes into pushing an ICEV down the road.

      We talk about the amount of energy in a gallon of gasoline and how little of it gets converted into motion, but we don’t include the large amount of energy that goes into getting oil out of the ground, to the refinery, refined, and distributed to the tank.

      • SirSparks

        That is a very valid point I had not considered Bob and makes my statement even stronger. Now most electric motors are about 90% efficient and most storage systems are also about 90% efficient so the overall efficiency of a EV is about 80%. Couple this with Alternative Energy forms of charging and we have a clear winner by a magnitude or more. I doubt efficiency of ICEV’s when including the costs you so rightly mention would even make 10%.

        • Bob_Wallace

          Some time back I attempted to determine the amount of energy that goes into refining a gallon of gasoline using DOE numbers. Here’s a list of the various energy inputs that US oil refineries use:

          Distillate Fuel Oil
          Still Gas
          Petroleum Coke
          Marketable Petroleum Coke
          Catalyst Petroleum Coke
          Other Petroleum Products
          Natural Gas
          Purchased Electricity
          Purchased Steam

          My calculations, based on the amount of each used and the number of gallons of gasoline produced was 3.14kWh per gallon.

          That’s enough to drive a 0.35kWh/mile EV about nine miles. Of course there’s no way to take the energy in, say, petroleum coke and turn into an equivalent amount of electricity.

          That 3.14kWh does not include the energy used to extract and transport the oil and to get the gas from refinery to car tank.

          Extraction is not simply a process of drilling a hole and pumping out the oil. We’re now using lots of steam injected into wells in order to soften remaining oil. Turning water into steam takes energy.

          Those tankers hauling crude around the world and the tanker trucks hauling gasoline around the country burn a lot of fuel.

  • Yay!! Very good news.

  • Matt Grason

    Just one comment about CleanTechnica’s framing on range anxiety. I’ve followed your posts on EVs and totally get and agree that most people most of the time wouldn’t need a car that goes further than e.g., 100 miles on a charge. But in the moment, when a consumer is considering buying a car (even the household’s second car), they’re thinking of the the upper limit of what they could need, that one trip in 60, or what have you. Much the same way public transit is built for those rare peak times, and its full potential is rarely used.

    Again, I totally get it, but I don’t think you are applying the same logic that most people make when making a car purchase.

    • Bob_Wallace

      As gas prices rise and people become more familiar with EVs (and how cheap they are to “fuel”) I suspect people will start taking a closer look at how far they actually drive.

      Imagine the average urban/suburban couple with two cars. Most would, I think, be able to count on one hand the number of times during a year both exceed the range of an EV on the same day. And they’d have fingers left over.

      If we’re talking big fuel cost savings then rearranging schedules, catching a ride with someone else, taking public transportation, or renting a car once or twice a year is going to seem a reasonable thing to do.

      I’m assuming that we are short years from much cheaper battery prices. If that’s true then the question is not going to be whether to buy an EV, but whether a 100 mile range EV would be adequate or whether one should spend a few thousand more for a 200 mile range EV.

      (175 mile range, <20 minute 95% recharging, and Level 3 charge points makes it possible to drive all day long with only two short recharging/meal/leg stretch/check email/pee stops.)

      • And Ford already makes the case that most people really don’t need individual transport: “With the average American driving 29 miles a day,…” – from the article.

    • Dcard88

      MOST people is the key word. I agree with you completely, but for a vehicle to be successful you only need 10% of buyers to consider it. Wealthy people should love to have a third car for shopping and errands that uses no gasoline. It would even work fine in 2 worker households if neither has to drive more than 60 miles roundtrip to work or one or either of them can plug in at work(very likely scenerio) If 200,000 people could use it then maybe half of them would buy it per year.
      Keep in mind that a replacement battery pack 5 years down the road would get up to 50% better range (valid guesstimate)

  • buildakicker

    I’d like one. Plug it in at work, and ur set!

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