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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3/4/2012 7:12:49 PM
No amount of money would get ME into a Volt as I like sports cars BUT my wife would consider it for $30k. Since her commute is as long as mine (65 miles round trip), it would have to do better than 30 mpg on the engine. The only way I could see a Volt in the garage at its present price is if it did 50 mpg on the engine and 65 miles all electric. We have two cars presently and are looking to get a third.
For everyone pooping on Keeir's total cost calculations, the fuel mileage savings DOES have an impact on total costs. In our case, the mpg and maintenance savings from my wife driving a 40 mpg car vs her present truck will pay for the 40 mpg car. We save money until we pass $35k initial price then we start to break even then eventually lose money. I suggest doing the math.
3/4/2012 11:43:19 PM
Haha, that wasn't really the thrust of the question.
The Prius is a car with compromised driving dynamics.
The Volt is more like a small displacement turbo/tdi. Lots of low end torque, linear power, etc until you get up past 65 where it starts peter out... Not anywhere close to a sports car, but also not as much of a penalty box as a Prius.
Anyway, your a good example who the Volt doesn't work well for... get more than 50+ miles between charges and Diesels/Hybrids/etc make more sense. Going less than 25 miles daily is also not ideal.
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