Ford Focus Electric Rated at 105 MPGe, Has 76-Mile Range
March 2, 2012 12:52 PM
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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
. For comparison, here are the combined MPGe ratings for some other electric and plug-in hybrids on the market:
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
: 95 MPGe
: 94 MPGe
: 115 MPGe
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.
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3/2/2012 2:44:36 PM
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
3/2/2012 2:53:31 PM
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
3/2/2012 3:29:52 PM
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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