Ford Focus Electric Rated at 105 MPGe

By · March 02, 2012

Ford Focus Electric

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is now officially the most fuel-efficient five-passenger vehicle offered in the US.

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric has received official certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the posted results are impressive.

The EPA rates the Ford Focus Electric at 105 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) combined—110 MPGe city and 99 MPGe out on the open highway. With these ratings, the Focus Electric is now the most fuel-efficient five-passenger vehicle in the US, surpassing even the Nissan LEAF. According to the EPA, the Focus Electric boasts a range of 76 miles, compared to the 73-mile range of the Nissan LEAF.

For the sake of comparison, the Nissan LEAF is EPA-certified at 99 MPGe combined, the Chevrolet Volt checks in at 94 MPGe combined. The small Mitsubishi i, a four-seater, is rated at 112 MPGe combined—making it overall the most efficient car on American roads.

Of course, the use of MPGe as a metric for electric cars—when EVs use kilowatt-hours of electricity rather than gallons of liquid feel—is only a proxy for efficiency. In addition, the testing procedures and routes of efficiency testing for all cars significantly diverge from real-world driving conditions, so the usefulness of comparing a set of cars that range from 94 to 115 MPGe is relatively minor. Nonetheless, EVs are miles ahead of the gasoline competition with the best hybrids rated at 40 to 50 mpg, and only the most efficient gasoline cars reaching a combined city/highway rating in the 30s.

Ford is ramping up Focus Electric production for distribution to dealerships in California, New York and New Jersey. By the end of 2012, the Focus Electric will be available in 19 markets scattered across the US. The starting price for the Focus Electric is $39,200.

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