The 2012 Ford Focus Electric was awarded the highest rating for a five-passenger vehicle. It came in at 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe). It\\\’s closest competitor is the Nissan Leaf, and they beat it by 6 MPGe. Throw in the fact that the Focus will charge in about half the time as the Leaf, and you have a winning combination.
The Focus Electric will be able to travel 76 miles when the Leaf will go about 73 miles.
Focus Electric also has been certified by the EPA to offer 105 MPGe combined, beating Nissan Leaf by 6 MPGe while offering more motor power and more standard features. Focus Electric?s 99 MPGe highway certification bests the 92 MPGe rating for the Leaf.
Focus Electric bests Nissan Leaf in other ways, too ? more passenger room and a faster charging system that allows for a full recharge in nearly half the time of Nissan Leaf.
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.?
The EPA-approved Focus Electric label also certifies that the car has a range of 76 miles on a single charge compared with the 73-mile range of the Leaf. The Focus Electric can be driven up to 100 miles on a single charge depending on driving habits. The average driver drives 29 miles a day, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics website.
The approved label also will say customers could save $9,700 in fuel costs over the course of five years compared with the average new vehicle. Comparative savings could go even higher if the current trend of rising gas prices continues. In California alone, the cost for a gallon of gas rose 20 cents in a seven-day period that ended last week.
Fuel-efficiency champs Focus Electric is the flagship of Ford?s transformed lineup that features 10 vehicles with leading fuel economy. Ford?s other fuel-efficiency leaders include:
2013 Fusion 1.6-liter EcoBoost: Projected 37 mpg highway that would make it America?s most fuel-efficient non-rechargeable midsize sedan 2013 Escape 1.6-liter EcoBoost: Expected to be the most fuel-efficient crossover of its kind with 33 mpg highway 2013 Taurus 2.0-liter EcoBoost: Expected to deliver best-in-class 31 mpg highway 2012 Edge 2.0-liter EcoBoost: Delivers 30 mpg highway, besting all SUVs its size or larger and even some cars such as the Honda Civic Si 2012 Explorer 2.0-liter EcoBoost: One of the most fuel-efficient seven-passenger SUVs on the market, delivering 28 mpg highway 2013 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid: Aiming to become the world?s most fuel-efficient midsize sedan with a projected 100 MPGe rating 2013 Fusion Hybrid: Expected to become the world?s most fuel-efficient non-rechargeable midsize sedan with 47 mpg 2012 Fiesta: Offers up to 40 mpg highway and class-leading 33 mpg combined rating 2012 F-150: The most fuel-efficient full-size pickup, with V6 models delivering best-in-class 23 mpg highway and 17 mpg city ?We?ve been working for three years to make the Focus Electric America?s most fuel-efficient vehicle of its kind,? said Chuck Gray, Ford chief engineer of Global Core Engineering Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. ?The entire group feels like a sports team that has just won a major championship. It?s a good feeling to be at this point now.?
Unlike competitors that have designed electric and hybrid vehicles from scratch, Focus Electric benefits from being based on the fuel version of Ford?s global C-segment car.
?Focus Electric shares many of the same premium components and features as its gasoline-powered counterpart while delivering distinct efficiencies and a uniquely exciting driving experience,? said Kuehn.
In addition to boosting quality, Ford?s strategic decision to electrify vehicle platforms ? instead of creating one-off vehicles ? allows the company to offer customers more choices as part of its fuel-efficient product lineup.
Elec-tech Focus Electric features an advanced charging system that allows the car?s battery to fully recharge in four hours ? nearly half the time of Nissan Leaf ? using available 240-volt outlets that can be installed in residential garages.
Faster charging with 240 volts also can extend range as drivers can more quickly recharge between stops ? up to 20 miles per charge hour ? so they can significantly improve a car?s range during a busy day of driving by recharging multiple times.
For those who need to charge up while away from home, the number of charging stations continues to rise. In the last 10 months the number of charging stations in the United States has risen from 750 to 5,507, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
To cut charging costs at home, a unique value charging feature powered by Microsoft is designed to help owners in the U.S. charge their vehicles at the cheapest utility rates, which can make charging the Focus Electric less costly than charging the Nissan Leaf.
Other standard features on Focus Electric include Ford?s Rear View Camera System, MyKey