The United States Environmental Protection Agency has tested, studied, and piloted the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, certifying it to achieve 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in the city and thereby making it America’s most fuel-efficient five-passenger car. That’s 105 MPGe combined and 99 MPGe on the highway.
The EPA has also confirmed that the car has a range of 76 miles on a single charge, even though Ford claims it can be driven up to 100 miles — dependent on driving habits and conditions. That should prove plenty for most Americans, as the average driver covers 29 miles a day according to data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
But the great story of the Focus Electric doesn’t end there, as owners of the vehicle can save $9,700 in fuel costs over the course of five years compared to an average new vehicle. That’s music to the ears of many courtesy of the ever-increasing gas prices. And for those concerned with charge times, the Focus Electric can be fully recharged in four hours using an available 240-volt outlet. That’s half the time it takes certain competing vehicles to charge up.
Those in the market for one of these babies will have to wait, as production started in December 2011 and initial allocation is destined for dealers in California, New York, and New Jersey. Ford plans to increase production in the first half of 2012 and will make the car available in 19 U.S. markets by the end of the year.
We were fortunate enough to get our hands on one of these puppies for a few short minutes last month. Be sure to read up on our first impressions of the Focus Electric here.