It’s official. The Ford Focus Electric is America’s most fuel-efficient five-passenger vehicle. It has been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency as having a 110 miles per gallon equivalent city rating and 99 MPGe on the highway. On combined mode, it is able to run on 105 MPGe.
These ratings have beaten the previous record holder, the Nissan Leaf. The previous levels were at 99 MPGe on combined mode, while the highway driving is rated at 92 MPGe. The Focus Electric has more passenger room and a faster charging system that fully recharges its battery pack in just half the time compared to the Nissan Leaf.
The Ford Focus is a five-door hatchback electric car and was first produced in December 2011. The body of the Ford Focus Electric is the third generation Ford Focus and the power train is a 23 kWh liquid cooled lithium ion battery pack providing the EPA certified range. It has a top speed of 84 mph or 135 kph.
Ford would be unveiling new vehicles in its line, such as the 2013 Ford Fusion. This model aims to build most fuel-efficient gas and hybrid powered midsized sedans. The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid projects to become the world’s most fuel-efficient midsized sedan with the objective of having a range of 100 MPGe in full electric mode.
According to Eric Kuehn, Chief Nameplate Engineer of the Focus Electric, “Ford is giving customers the power of choice for leading fuel economy regardless of what type of vehicle or power train technology they choose. The Focus and the Fusion are great examples of how we transformed our fleet of cars, utilities and trucks with leading fuel efficiency.”
The EPA-approved Focus Electric label is certified that the vehicle has a range of 76 miles on a single full charge compared to the 73-mile range of the Nissan Leaf. The Focus Electric has a range of 100 miles, depending on one’s driving habits. According to the latest statistics of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, an average driver travels about 29 miles a day.
With these statistics, car owners would be able to save $9,700 in fuel costs spread over five years compared to new internal combustion engine vehicles. Savings could even go higher as gas prices continue to rise, such as in California where the price of gas increased by twenty cents per gallon in just a seven day period last week.