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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: WTF?
By The0ne on 3/4/2012 2:36:33 PM , Rating: 2
There are thousands, if not millions, of consumers who don't do more than 75 miles driving each week or a little above that, which a night's recharge would suffice. My sister is an example. She drives to teach at school, does some shopping on the way back home (food, crafts, etc) and come back home. On the weekend it's just more shopping for the house/household with around here in San Diego means <10min practically anywhere useful (beach, mountains, downtown, plethora of malls and restuarants, etc.)

So for her and 70% of my driving in THIS city it's very practical.


RE: WTF?
By MrBungle123 on 3/5/2012 2:10:24 AM , Rating: 2
The problem with this car is that you almost have to have a second vehicle that you can use for "long" trips. $40K is a lot to ask for something that is only really useful for short trips across town. Pretty much any conventional car under 20 grand is going to be more practical than this.


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