The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is now officially America’s most fuel-efficient five-passenger car with a certified 100 miles per gallon equivalent city rating and 99 MPGe on the highway. MPGe is a measure of the average distance traveled per unit of energy consumed. This measurement allows consumers to compare energy consumption and fuel efficiency across all vehicles.
Focus Electric has also been certified by the EPA to offer 105 MPGe combined, beating the Nissan Leaf by 9 MPGe. Focus Electric also offers more motor power and more standard features when compared to the Leaf.
Focus Electric beats Nissan Leaf in other ways too; the Focus offers more passenger room and a faster charging system that allows for a full recharge in nearly half the time of the Nissan Leaf.
“Ford is giving customers the power of choice for leading fuel economy regardless of what type of vehicle or power train technology they choose,” said Eric Kuehn, chief nameplate engineer, Focus Electric. “The Focus is a great example of how we transformed our fleet of cars, utilities, and trucks with leading fuel efficiency.”
Ford will ramp up Focus Electric retail production in the first half of 2012 for dealership availability in California, New York, and New Jersey. By the end of 2012, Focus Electric will be available in 19 markets across the U.S.