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Ford Focus Electric tops Nissan Leaf as most fuel-efficient 5-seater

Ford Focus Electric tops Nissan Leaf as most fuel-efficient 5-seater

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Ford's 2012 Focus Electric has surpassed the Nissan Leaf as the most fuel-efficient 5-seater, and its battery can charge twice as fast as the Leaf, according to the U.S. automaker.

It seems that the all-electric Nissan Leaf has got some competition these days.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certified the 2012 Ford Focus Electric as the country's most fuel-efficient five-passenger car, giving it a 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating (99 MPGe on the highway).

The Focus Electric gets a combined rating of 105 MPGe - six MPGe more than the Nissan Leaf. According to Ford, its electric model also has more motor power, more passenger room, and more standard features.

In addition the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker also claims that the Focus Electric uses faster charging technology, so its battery can charge in four hours, twice as fast as that of the Nissan Leaf.

Production of the Focus Electric began in December 2011. The automaker expects to increase production of the model in the first half of 2012 and plans to make it available in California, New York and New Jersey. By late 2012, Ford expects the Ford Electric to be available in 19 U.S. markets.

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Contributing Editor Channtal Fleischfresser has worked for The Economist, WNET/Channel 13, Al Jazeera English, Wall Street Journal and Associated Press. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure