The new Ford Focus electric touts specs that have lead the EPA to proclaim it the new leader in fuel efficiency — yes even over the beloved Nissan LEAF.
The Focus, which is the first of many in Ford’s forthcoming “family” of electric vehicles, showcases a combined 105 MPGe (electric) rating, besting the Leaf by 6 MPGe. Pricing is comparable to the LEAF– estimated to be about $40,000 before any government aid or manufacturer rebates. Range is estimated to be around 100 miles on a single charge when driven with “good” habits.
A big upside to the Focus driver experience is the Microsoft infotainment system. The system provides users feedback in ways that enhance the overall driving experience, including a valuable new feature — Value Charging.
Value Charging gives customers the ability to “reduce their electricity costs by taking advantage of off peak or other reduced rates from their utility without a complicated setup process”. In other words it’s a “set it and forget it” process which always shows the best location and times to charge the vehicle without the need for user input; ever.
Ford is upping the ante in other ways, too; the car company plans to have a lineup of 10 cars with leading fuel economy. Chief Engineer Eric Kuehn explains, “Ford is giving customers the power of choice for leading fuel economy regardless of what type of vehicle or powertrain technology (electric or fuel) they choose.” So whether or not a customer opts for electric, they can rest assured that whatever Focus model they do purchase will be among the leaders in its class when it comes to fuel efficiency.
A competitively-priced American car built in the U.S. with global implications, that features innovative, cost-saving technology and great fuel economy; sounds like a recipe for success.
sources: ford.com + cleantechnica.com
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