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Ford is quick to point out how much superior the Focus Electric is compared to the Nissan Leaf

Ford officially announced its Ford Focus Electric at last year's CES. A little over a year later, Ford is announcing the EPA ratings for the 5-seat hatchback.
The Focus Electric is rated at 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in the city and 99 MPGe on the highway (105 MPGe combined). Ford is quick to boast that the Focus Electric's combined rating is 6 MPGe better than the Nissan Leaf. For comparison, here are the combined MPGe ratings for some other electric and plug-in hybrids on the market:
Ford also points out that the Focus Electric has more passenger space, a faster charging system, and a slightly longer driving range (76 miles versus 73 miles) than the Leaf. However, while the Focus Electric may have better specs and economy ratings than the Leaf, you'll pay for it out of your wallet. The Focus Electric has a base MSRP of $39,995 versus $35,200 for the Leaf before a $7,500 tax credit.
“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 Focus Electric is powered by a 123hp electric motor and a 23 kWh lithium-ion LG Chem battery pack.
Ford recently announced that the upcoming Ford Fusion Energi would have an EPA rating of 100 MPGe.

Source: Ford

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cold weather
By DockScience on 3/2/2012 2:44:36 PM , Rating: 2
Let's not forget that using the heater or defroster cuts range dramatically.

I suspect that a decent January traffic jam in Chicago will leave all the electric cars stuck powerless on the Kennedy.

RE: cold weather
By Mitch101 on 3/2/2012 2:53:31 PM , Rating: 2
As the popularity increases how many stuck drained electrics will cause backups of fossil fueled cars offsetting the positive benefit and possibly more stuck drained electrics.

Ive been stuck in 2 hour traffic before better turn off that radio in the electric.

Going to keep some popcorn in the car for the day of a good snow storm that severely decreases battery vehicle range, slow driving, and massive backups. I can see AAA having an alternate plan or exclusion for electric vehicles.

RE: cold weather
By StanO360 on 3/2/2012 3:29:52 PM , Rating: 3
Actually it should drop down to near zero at a stop. Just ancillary lights (LED I presume). But, yeah, turn off the radio, heater or AC.

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