Ford Motor's Focus Electric, the company's first electric passenger car, has been crowned by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the certification of the most fuel-efficient five-passenger vehicle in the country. The ford Focus claims a massive combined 105 MPG rating, including 110 MPGe in the city and 99 MPGe on the highway.
According to a company release, these ratings have edged the Nissan Leaf, which boasts of a combined rating of 101 MPGe, and 92 MPG for the highway.
Focus Electric label also got certified as the car having a range of 76 miles on a single charge. The Focus Electric can be driven up to 100 miles on a single charge depending on driving habits, added the press release. Also, the average driver would be able to drive 29 miles a day, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics Web site. Adding on, the approved label also would allow customers to save $9,700 in fuel costs over the course of five years compared with the average new vehicle.
Eric Kuehn, chief nameplate engineer, Focus Electric said: Ford is giving customers the power of choice for leading fuel economy regardless of what type of vehicle or power train technology they choose.
Kuehn said the Focus line would soon be followed by the new 2013 Ford Fusion, which would aim to become America's most fuel-efficient gas- and hybrid-powered midsize sedans, to help create one of the industry's most fuel-efficient car lineups. Also, the company revealed the plans of building the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid in such a way that it would be projected to become the world's most fuel-efficient midsize sedan by achieving more than 100 MPGe in electric mode.