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 3:55:29 PM
High efficiency cars retain more of their value, because the used car buyer will also pay attention to what he'll pay for gas.
If I bought a used electric car with the intention to drive it 90k miles, I see value in fueling it with $3k of electricity instead of $12k+ of gas, so I'll pay $5-10k more for it depending on what I think I can sell it for.
A 5-year old regular Focus may sell for $6k, while an electric Focus could be worth $14k. That difference is half of the (after rebate) cost premium right there.
3/3/2012 4:05:24 PM
The life of batteries is a very real concern with EV's so they won't retain as much of their value. A 5 year old gas tank still has the same capacity as a brand new one. Can't say the same about batteries.
3/3/2012 4:28:22 PM
It's a concern, but it's probably not going to be a problem. As another poster mentioned above, they're designed for 3000+ full charge cycles (200K+ miles) while still retaining 80% of initial charge. After 5 years, it should have well over 90% capacity left.
While a 5-year old gas tank has the same capacity, a 5-year old car usually won't go as far with it, and could easily lose 10% fuel economy.
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