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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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RE: Ouch
By tayb on 3/2/2012 4:00:36 PM , Rating: 0
If they were anticipating low demand they should lower the prices... supply and demand. Instead they seem to have adopted the movie theater model where you raise ticket prices to offset fewer ticket purchases. It's ironic because everyone agrees the end result is not desirable but they do it anyway.

My uncle works for Moody's and he was telling me they BLAST the movie theaters in ratings meetings because of rising ticket prices but fewer tickets being purchased.


RE: Ouch
By Ringold on 3/2/2012 4:54:42 PM , Rating: 2
Might already be low enough that it exists as a loss-leader. I'm sure if an EV car could be built for much less, one of these many competitors would be doing it.


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