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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3/3/2012 12:48:14 PM
Yup, recharging completely every day is actually the
use of the battery.
If you do 3000 full charges, it cost you ~$7000 of electricity, but will save you $20k-30k of gas on those 226k miles even when compared to a 40MPG car. That's a fantastic savings, and the battery will keep on being useful, too.
Realistically, though, buyers will only do 1/3-1/2 of that mileage, as they can't take it for long trips, so payback time is probably 10 years or more. IMO, PHEV is better for maximizing gas savings from each kWh of battery that is produced.
I suspect that they would have high residuals, too, because even the reduced used capacity will save a lot of gas money 10 years later. Given the low volumes, I think the automakers should take a risk with attractive lease rates and the gov't should figure out a way to make some of the subsidy available for leases.
3/5/2012 9:48:01 AM
PHEV's are probably the best and most practical vehicle for everyone right now. But then the argument is whether you should go for a blended parallel hybrid like the Prius where you have a really small battery to supplement the daily 30 mile commute to create around 80-90 MPG, or go pure EV like the Volt in those 30 miles, and "occasionally" use the engine.
The Volt is far more complex, but far more capable. You get a much better vehicle for your dollars, but you're also paying a lot (from a manufacturing standpoint as I'm sure Toyota is making a killing for their plug-in prius pricing.) for the extra capabilities of a super capable electric drive train.
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