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Ford Focus EV Named America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle

Ford Focus EV Named America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle

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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8:40PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

another article stated that some cities are making headway on charging stations. It will hopefully be only a few years when state-wide/nationwide stations are in place.

6:15AM PST on Nov 24, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

2:30AM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

This article states that this Ford Focus EV can go 76-100 miles on a single charge. If you were going on a trip more than 100 miles, I wonder how long you have to wait until it is charged up again?

We live in the very southern tip of Indiana. When we drive up to the Chicago area to visit relatives, it is about 350 miles.

I have enough trouble being cooped up in a car for the 6 hours it takes us now!!

3:13PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Interesting, thank you!

3:50AM PDT on Mar 11, 2012


7:18PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

I agree with Jamie C.. It's really not feasible yet for the long haul. And you couldn't wait that long if you had some sort of emergency. I sure like the idea though and they need to keep working on it.

4:21PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

The up-coming Ford plug-in Focus and plug-in Fusion cars look promising. I'll be checking them out when they become available later this year. However, Ford has announced that it will be marketing these vehicles for maximum profit as opposed to maximum sales. Here's hoping that Ford doesn't get too greedy and price these vehicles out of reach for many who might otherwise consider buying one.

10:48AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

We had 4 drivers and 4 cars at our house. Work is at different times in different directions from the house in a rural area. One or two of us could easily use a car like this. The 76 to 100 mile range is plenty for 95% of all our driving. We already arrange to drive my old pickup less because it sucks gas, but keep it because it is paid for and I do haul stuff some times. It is a 1998 with 125,000 miles.

9:26AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

David I looked it up you are right the power plants are way more efficient than car engines where most of the energy is wasted in the form of heat. There is an additional benefit of being able to charge the car at night when the power demand is low and most of that energy is just going to waste.

9:23AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

I would not buy an electric car at this time. Where are all the charging stations?? Until I start seeing them nationwide I will not purchase one. Its a great concept, but it needs to get more miles out of a battery.
I am all for going green, and they need to drop the prices on these vehicles where more people can afford them, as this is the future to keep our countries enviroment cleaner.

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