Officially recognized as North America’s most fuel-efficient passenger car, the Ford Focus Electric has been certified to achieve 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in the city, and 99MPGe on the highway.
This translates to a certified 105MPGe combined, which beats the Nissan Leaf by 6MPGe, while offering more motor power and more standard features. The Focus also beats the Leaf with more passenger room and a faster charging system that allows a full recharge in nearly half the time.
The Focus line soon will be joined by a new 2013 Ford Fusion, which aims to be America’s most fuel-efficient gas- and hybrid-powered midsize sedan. The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is projected to become the world’s most fuel-efficient midsize by achieving more than 100MPGe in electric mode.
The EPA-approved Focus Electric label also certifies the car has a range of 76 miles on a single charge, compared to 73-miles for the Leaf. The Focus Electric can be driven up to 100 miles on a single charge, depending on driving habits. The average user drives 29 miles a day, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics website.
The approved label also will point out customers could save $9700 in fuel costs over five years compared to the average new vehicle. Comparative savings could go even higher if the current trend of rising gas prices continues…
Focus Electric features an advanced charging system that allows the car’s battery to fully recharge in four hours using 240-volt outlets that can be installed in residential garages.
Faster charging with 240 volts can also extend the range because drivers can recharge between stops more quickly – up to 20 miles per charging hour – so they can improve the range during a busy day of driving by recharging multiple times.
For those who need to charge away from home, the number of charging stations continues to rise. In the last 10 months the number in the United States has risen from 750 to 5507, according to the US Department of Energy.
To cut charging costs at home, a unique charging feature powered by Microsoft is designed to help owners in the US charge their vehicles at the cheapest utility rates.
Other standard features on Focus Electric include Ford’s Rear View Camera System, MyKey, rain-sensing windshield wipers and Reverse Sensing System.
Production of the Focus Electric began in December 2011 at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Production will increase in the first half of 2012 for dealerships in California, New York and New Jersey. By the end of 2012, Focus Electric will be available in 19 markets across the US.