Those who have been waiting for electric vehicle technology to work out all its kinks before taking the plunge will be pleased to know that, as far as fuel economy goes, there seems to be a clear front runner in the auto industry.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently named Ford’s all-new Focus Electric as America’s most fuel-efficient five-passenger car. The EPA certified the 2012 Focus Electric with an 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating and 99 MPGe on the highway. The plug-in Focus also has been certified by the EPA to offer 105 MPGe combined, beating the Nissan LEAF by 6 MPGe while offering more motor power and more standard features.
Of course, equivalent fuel economy is all well and good, but what most American drivers want to know is how far they can travel in an electric car without worrying about running out of power.
The EPA-approval also certifies that the car has a range of 76-100 miles on a single charge compared with the 73-mile range of the Nissan LEAF, and 25 to 50 mile range for the Chevy Volt. The average driver drives 29 miles a day, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics website.
Ford claims that the energy-conserving nature of the Focus Electric will save drivers $9,700 in fuel costs over the course of five years compared with the average new vehicle. Savings could go even higher if the current trend of rising gas prices continues. In California alone, the cost for a gallon of gas rose 20 cents in a seven-day period that ended last week.
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