Ford has released a lightning storm of details on its 2012 Focus Electric. However, the automaker has not yet released what we consider the most important pieces of info on any electric vehicle: range on a single full charge and miles per gallon equivalent, or mpge.
According to Ford, such information has yet to be finalized. The Nissan Leaf EV has an EPA-estimated range of 73 miles on a single charge while the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which recently went on sale in Hawaii, has a range of 63 miles per charge.
Ford is willing to go out on a limb with the Focus EV’s mpge, which it expects will be around 100 miles. The EPA developed the “mpge” figure so car shoppers could compare vehicle regardless of power source i.e., gasoline, diesel, or electric. The Nissan Leaf currently has a 106 mpge city/92 mpge highway/99 mpge combined. The Mitsubishi i currently is the leader with an EPA-estimated 126 mpge city/99 mpge highway/112 mpge combined.
The 2012 Ford Focus Electric’s lithium-ion batteries fully recharges in 3-4 hours, or roughly half the time of its competitors. Ford’s 240-volt charger also uses a “set it and forget it” feature developed by Microsoft that recharges the electric hatchback’s battery in roughly 3-4 hours, or half the competitions’ charging rate. The standard Microsoft SYNC with MyFord Touch infotainment system keeps Ford Focus Electric owners with information like battery charge, while the MyFord Mobile app includes a notification for owners about when to recharge the five-door among its capabilities.
The 2012 Ford Focus Electric will first go on sale in California (Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego), and New York, expanding to other cities and states in 2012. Other alternative powertrain vehicles by Ford include the 2011 Ford Transit Connect EV, which went on sale late last year; the Ford C-MAX hybrid, and the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid. The latter crossovers compete directly with the all-new 2012 Toyota Prius v and Toyota Prius plug-in hybrids, and, according to Ford, are expected to bypass both Toyota offerings in fuel economy and range.
Ford plans to debut three new high-mileage vehicles in the near future. States Derric Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development, “the Ford Electric is a shining example of the leading fuel economy Ford is offering for each vehicle. Whether people want a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full battery-electric vehicle,l we have a family of vehicles for them to consider, providing a range of options to best meet their needs and support their driving habits and lifestyles.”