Ford Focus Electric takes the title of most fuel-efficient five-passenger vehicle

The new EV’s combined rating of 105 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) edges out the Nissan Leaf by 6 miles.

 

Ford announced this week that the EPA has certified its 2012 Focus Electric as America's most fuel-efficient five-passenger vehicle. The new EV’s combined rating of 105 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) edges out the Nissan Leaf by 6 miles. According to the EPA label, the hatchback has a range of 76 miles. The Focus Electric began production in December 2011, and will go on sale in 19 markets across the US by the end of 2012.

To a greater extent than other carmakers, Ford is taking the approach of offering basically the same car with a range of powertrain options. Ford customers will be able to choose a Focus or Fusion in old-fashioned gas, hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full electric models. Ford believes its decision to electrify vehicle platforms, instead of designing EVs from scratch, as some of its competitors have done, allows the company to offer better quality and more choices. Ford's electrified vehicle lineup shares various modern features, including smart phone apps and seat fabric made from recycled fiber.

"Focus Electric shares many of the same premium components and features as its gasoline-powered counterpart while delivering distinct efficiencies and a uniquely exciting driving experience," said Eric Kuehn, the Focus Electric’s chief engineer. "Ford is giving customers the power of choice for leading fuel economy regardless of what type of vehicle or powertrain technology they choose. The Focus and Fusion are great examples of how we transformed our fleet of cars, utilities and trucks with leading fuel efficiency."

 

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