• Mar 2nd 2012 at 6:00PM
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On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certified the Ford Focus Electric at 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in the city, and 99 MPGe on the highway. Combined, it rates at 99 MPGe, six better than the Nissan Leaf. But perhaps most interesting to potential Focus Electric customers is that the approved EPA label says that customers could save $9,700 in fuel costs over the first five years of ownership. As gas prices spike across the country, the savings could rise as well.

"We've been working for three years to make the Focus Electric America's most fuel-efficient vehicle of its kind," said Chuck Gray, chief engineer of Ford's hybrid and electric vehicles. "The entire group feels like a sports team that has just won a major championship. It's a good feeling to be at this point now."

Focus Electric features a 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 also can extend range as drivers can more quickly recharge between stops--up to 20 miles per charge hour--so they can significantly improve a car's range during a busy day of driving by recharging multiple times.

Related: TRANSLOGIC 17: Nissan Leaf

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I am still waiting for the Tesla model S
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Focus electric is nice . . . but too damn expensive. They've got to shave close to $10K off the car. OK, at least cut it $5K.
        • 3 Years Ago
        And there is the problem that our president cn't seem to figure out either. At this time our current technology does not allow for us to have electric cars that make sense as they cost more then we save while contributing to electricty demand and that comes from fossil fuel burns or nuclear which he wants to get rid of. Cant have your cake and eat it too.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, Ford's electric costs $40,000 while the Nissan Leaf SV costs $35,200. Ford's EPA-rated range is 76 miles, compared to 73 miles for the Nissan LEAF. Advantage Leaf. Note I live in California, we have tiered pricing for electricity. Meaning the advantage of having an electric car verse gas is narrowed once you start charging it a lot. Note at Tier 1 in California, the lowest cost is 11.9 cents per kilowatt hour. Charging a Leaf costs around $3.00 to "fill up." Meaning for 76miles for ~$3 = .04 a mile. However, at Tier 5 which is what I get if I charge it every night, its its .50 cents a kilowatt hour. Thus the cost comes to $0.16 a mile cost for driving. My new Dodge SUV gets around a combined 21 and with my 5% cash back on gas costs me $0.19 a mile to drive. It was $12,000 cheaper than the electrics and its range is unlimited as I can "recharge" it at fueling stations in under 5 minutes. Ergo CALIFORNIA My car right now gets .23 a mile.
          • 3 Years Ago
          do what I do and charge it using a solar systym ergo no cost as long as you use less electricty than you make
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