Ford announced EPA fuel economy ratings today for its upcoming all-electric Focus hatchback. The federal test results show the car will achieve the equivalent of 105 mpg overall in mixed city and highway driving. That puts it 4 mpg higher than its most direct competitor, the Nissan Leaf.
The Mitsubishi “i” is rated higher, at 112 mpg-equivalent (MPGe), but it’s a smaller car that seats only four and has a claimed range 20-percent lower than the Leaf and the Focus EV. (We’re currently testing an “i” and will let you know how far it will go in the real world.)
According to the EPA, the Focus EV can go 76 miles on a full charge, versus 100 miles for the Leaf. (In our testing, we found the Leaf could go 75 miles on a full charge.) Like other electric cars, EPA rates the Focus EV higher in the city at 110 MPGe than on the highway at 99 MPGe. Given the difference between the rated range and our experience with the Leaf, we’ll be keenly interested to see how far the Focus EV can travel on a charge. At least the Focus is expected to be able to charge in half the time of a Leaf. But this is Ford’s claim; We’ll see how it goes once we buy one to test.
The Focus Electric went into production in Michigan in December, but it is not expected to be available to retail customers until later this spring, and then only in three launch states: California, New York, and New Jersey.
Ford has announced a base price of $39,995. A federal tax credit of $7,500 will bring it down to $32,495 in New York. A further $2,500 tax credit in California will bring the price there below $30,000. Ford has also announced that it will sell a portable 240-volt charger separately for $1,400.