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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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Mar 5, 2012
Same problem as with the Chevy Volt, it's either $15,000 overpriced or 10 years too early on the market assuming gas will be around $10/gallon then.
In other words, average yearly driving will cost you the equivalent of 121 gallons of gas in the Nissan Leaf and the equivalent of 109 gallons of gas in the Ford Focus. $3.50 x (121-109) = $42 per year.
I can live with that number...and it's "gas equivalent." True, it's likely burning coal, but at least gasoline has been taken out of the equation. Odd, though -- why is the distribution so limited?
needs to line up with the charging infrastructure and early adopters, most likely. Those states are pilot areas for public chargers.