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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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Rather have the volt
By apinkel on 3/2/2012 3:47:33 PM , Rating: 3
I'd rather have the volt. This car is priced about the same but doesn't give you the extended range that the volt does. Yes there is a small subset of people (people who can afford multiple vehicles) that could make good use of a limited range vehicle like this but I just don't ever see a 100% EV getting any substantial sales numbers.

There's a lot of negative comments about the price of the volt but compared to this, or virtually any other 100% EV it seems like a screaming good deal.

It's hard to tell how much of the volt back-lash is based purely on politically posturing (i.e. that trite "government motors" hyperbole) vs. if there are legit issues with the vehicle.




RE: Rather have the volt
By TSS on 3/2/2012 6:21:04 PM , Rating: 1
Pretty much all of it. The volt itself isn't a bad car. Nor is the fact they are losing money on the volt. GM has stated long before the volt was released they never planned on making any money from it, presumably because they plan this to be a long term direction. Meaning lose money on the first generation, break even on the second, make money from the third. Atleast, that's what i figure.

The problems are in how everything around the volt is handled. It doesn't need the tax credit. It doesn't need the extensive publicity it's getting. It certainly doesn't need all the drama the media and politicans have made about it. No need for the government to decide what the future is either.

I don't think anybody on this site would mind owning a volt. It's still expensive enough that you'd never earn back your investment but actually owning and using it as a car isn't a problem.

Oh the government motors is just coincidence and has nothing to do with the volt. There's enough political backlash to be found that the government has decided the volt is the way of the future. That's not really the volt's fault now is it?


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