2012 Ford Focus Electric Gets 100 MPGe Rating

Ford has announced that the 2012 Focus Electric is expected to be the first five-passenger, all-electric car to achieve more than a 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) fuel efficiency rating.

“The Focus Electric is a shining example of the leading fuel economy Ford is offering for each new vehicle,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Whether people want a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full battery-electric vehicle, we have a family of vehicles for them to consider, providing a range of options to best meet their needs and support their driving habits and lifestyles.”

The Focus Electric is powered by a 100-kilowatt electric motor with a 23-kWh battery, that puts out a max 123 horsepower and 181 lb-ft. of torque. The Focus Electric has a top speed of 84 mph with a range of 100 miles on a single charge. According to Ford the Focus Electric can be charged with a new 240 volt charging that charges the car’s battery in three-four hours, half the time of the Nissan Leaf.

The 2012 Focus Electric starts at 39,995 after the $795 destination fees, so after the maximum $7,500 federal tax credit the price for the Focus Electric drops to $32,495.