Ford has announced the official EPA ratings for its new Focus Electric. Becoming known as one of America’s most fuel-efficient 5-passenger car, the Focus Electric achieves a certified 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating and a 99 MPGe highway rights.
That’s a combined 105 MPGe – beating the Nissan LEAF by 6 MPGe, the only other fully-electric car mass-produced in the United States (Chevrolet Volt competes with Ford’s Energy C-MAX plug-in hybrid).
“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.”
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According to the EPA, the Ford Focus Electric gets a range of 76 miles on a single charge – the LEAF is certified at 73 miles. The average driver drives 29 miles a day, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics website.
The EPA label for the Ford Focus Electric will say that customers can save $9,700 in fuel costs over the course of a 5-year ownership as compared to the average new car.
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. Prices start at $39,200.
– By: Omar Rana