When Ford announced that its Focus Electric was officially rated by the EPA at 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in the city, 99 MPGe on the highway, and 105 MPGe combined, comparisons to the Nissan Leaf became a common matter of speech among automotive and electric car enthusiasts. We thought it a good idea to compile a good ol’ list of advantages of the Focus to the Leaf — so here goes:
- From an efficiency perspective, the Focus Electric tops the Leaf by 6 MPGe
- Focus Electric is more powerful (107 kW/143 hp) than the Leaf (80 kW/110 hp). But the Leaf has more torque (207 lb.-ft.) than the Focus (181 lb.-ft.)
- Focus Electric has more passenger room and more standard features
- Focus Electric has a longer single-charge range: 76 miles vs. 73 miles on the Leaf
- Focus Electric is made at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. The Leaf is built in Japan as of this writing, but will be built in Smyrna, Tennessee in late 2012
- Focus Electric can charge faster than the Leaf: at 240 volts, the Focus gains 20 miles per charge hour and is fully recharged in four hours. The Leaf is fully recharged in seven hours (at 220 volts)
Additionally, Focus Electric is built on Ford’s global C platform, thereby using the same premium components and proven chassis of the globally-available Focus — resulting in the same uniquely-satisfying driving experience. The Leaf, on the other hand, is built on a modified subcompact architecture shared with the Nissan Versa. Yes, the Versa. Need we say more?
Now, the Leaf has one big advantage in that it’s available nationwide. Ford plans to boost production of the Focus Electric in the first half of 2012 for sale (only) in California, New York, and New Jersey. By the end of 2012, The Blue Oval plans to roll out the Focus Electric in 19 markets across the United States and — hopefully — nationwide in 2013. We can’t wait to get some quality wheel time with this first-class vehicle. In the meantime, check out the 10 things we love about it.