When I was with Ford at the North American International Auto Show back in January, I learned a lot about their green initiatives. How they are using sustainable materials in their car manufacturing and how they are becoming innovators in fuel efficiency. The entire experience was very informative. So it comes as no surprise to me that the 2012 Ford Focus Electric was just certified by the Environmental Protection Agency as America’s most fuel-efficient five-passenger vehicle.
The Focus Electric is very impressive with its 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating and 99 MPGe highway rating. It also has been certified by the EPA to offer 105 MPGe combined, which beats the Nissan Leaf by 6 MPGe while offering more motor power and more standard features. The Focus Electric also has an advanced charging system that allows the car’s battery to fully recharge in four hours, which is 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 powertrain technology they choose,” said Eric Kuehn, chief nameplate engineer, Focus Electric. “The Focus and Fusion are great examples of how we transformed our fleet of cars, utilities and trucks with leading fuel efficiency.”I love to see automobile companies expanding their electric car manufacturing and giving the consumers a range of fuel efficient choices. Let's hope this trend continues and soon all the cars out there will be fuel efficient ones.
Check out the Focus Electric press release for more details.