Given that there is now going to be a three cylinder, 1 liter Ford Focus, it makes sense that the company will now be building an all electric version of Ford’s very popular economy car. In keeping with this trend of efficiency, Ford say that a third of their 2012 vehicle line will offer models capable of 40 miles to the gallon. The efficient lineup consists of a couple Focuses, the fiesta, two hybrid C-Max models and three which have not been introduced.
Ford seems to feel that they are at some level, a sensible provider of practical, eco-friendly cars, rather than the in-your-face mentality of Toyota’s Prius, as summed up here: “The Focus Electric is a shining example of the leading fuel economy Ford is offering for each new vehicle,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Whether people want a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full battery-electric vehicle, we have a family of vehicles for them to consider, providing a range of options to best meet their needs and support their driving habits and lifestyles.”
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The 2012 Focus Electric is expected to be the first five-passenger, all-electric car to achieve more than a 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) fuel efficiency rating.
The Focus electric is marketed as a commuter car and offers a range similar to the Nissan Leaf’s at 100 miles, but Ford say that thanks to a new 240 volt charging station, the car can go from completely discharged to full charge in just over three hours. They also say that this effectively allows drivers to get up to 30 miles out of each hour of charging, essentially half the time it takes to recharge the Leaf.
Ford’s other 40-mpg vehicles include:
- Focus SE
- Focus Electric
- C-MAX Hybrid
- C-MAX Energi
- Three vehicles yet to be announced
Refresher: The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is powered by a 100-kilowatt electric-motor with a 23 kWh batter. Working together the system produces 123-hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Ford says that the Focus Electric can travel at a top speed of 84 mph and has a total range of up to 100 miles on a single charge. With the 240-volt home charging station, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric can reach full charge in 3 to 4 hours. On a standard 120-volt outlet, the Focus Electric will take up to 20 hours.
– By: Sawyer Sutton