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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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The problemas I see it is flexibility and pricing
By CommonS on 3/3/2012 5:33:35 PM , Rating: 1
Say you buy an electric as a commuter car, what do you do when you lose your job and take one farther away? Move or sell the car and buy something with more range? It has to recharge overnight in most cases, that means you have to get everywhere you're going to go in 75 miles for the day. Most of us with children can't do that some days.

Now look at the cost differential using a best case scenario of 75 miles a day, 365 days a year, gas at $5/gal, $40k electric vs $12k 35 mpg gas car. Assuming the cost of gas for the electric charge to gas at the pump is equivalent (electricity is actually more expensive to produce). Your cost savings is only $2600/yr, $3900/yr if the electriciy is FREE, and the electric costs $28k more, meaning it will take over 10 years to pay back your extra cost if you buy electricity or over 7 years if you get recharged for FREE. Do you want to keep the car for 7-10 years and put between 200-300k miles on it to get your original extra investment back or would you rather buy a $12k car and invest the difference, then buy another $12k car 5-6 yrs later and Still Have More of your money than before? Electric doesn't make sense economically until gas gets to around $10/gallon, which, may happen if Obama is relected, lol.

By Mithan on 3/3/2012 6:27:04 PM , Rating: 2



I laugh at all the retards that try to even justify the cost.

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