The 2012 Ford Focus Electric has received an EPA fuel economy rating of 110/99/105 mpg-e (miles per gallon-equivalent) city/highway/combined, Ford says in a press release. The Focus Electric has a range of 76 miles on a fully charged battery.
The Focus Electric’s mpg-e ratings are among the highest of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The 2012 Mitsubishi i is rated at 126/99 mpg-e, and the 2012 Nissan Leaf at 106/92 mpg-e, and have respective ranges on a fully-charged battery of 62 and 73 miles, according to the EPA. If you’re concerned about the limiting range of these electric cars, a plug-in hybrid with a gasoline engine, like the 2012 Chevrolet Volt or 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In, might be worth considering. Neither of these models have as far of an electric-only range as the pure electrics do, but on just electricity, the Volt achieves 95/93 mpg-e city/highway and 35/50 mpg when the gasoline engine is running. The EPA hasn’t yet tested the Prius Plug-In, but Toyota estimates it will achieve 95 combined mpg-e on electricity and 50 combined mpg using the gas engine.
Ford says that it will take about four hours to fully charge the Focus Electric using a 240-volt home charging station, and longer using a standard 120-volt home outlet, though Ford does not specify how long. The charging station costs about $1,500. Similar charging stations for the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf cost about the same. To save money on charging, Focus Electric owners using the MyFord smartphone app can program their car to recharge during off-peak hours when electricity is cheaper. The app can also be used to plan routes to the nearest public charging station.
“The Focus Electric will be available in California, New York, and New Jersey by this summer, and Ford will add 16 additional markets by the end of the year,” says Car and Driver. The 2012 Ford Focus Electric starts at $39,200, and owners may be eligible for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits. To begin the reservation process, go to Ford’s website for a list of EV certified Ford dealers.
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