Ford announced the 2012 Focus Electric has attained a 105 combined MPGe rating from the Environmental Protection Agency. The city rating is 110 MPGe, and the highway rating is 99 MPGe. For comparison, the Nissan Leaf’s ratings are 106 MPGe city and 92 MPGe highway.
Additionally, Ford didn’t waste any time pointing out some of the other competitive advantages of the Focus over the Leaf, including a quicker charging system and more passenger volume. However, neither car would be the best choice for road trips: the EPA-certified range for the Focus is 76 miles, while the Leaf is rated at only 73. Ford claims the Focus Electric can travel as far as 100 miles per charge “depending on driving habits.”
Ford says the EPA-approved efficiency label could save customers up to $9700 in fuel costs over five years. Yet even with this significant cost savings, the Electric is by far the most expensive Focus in the Ford lineup, thanks to a starting price of $39,995. For comparison, a well-equipped Ford Focus Titanium 5-door goes for between $25,000 and $28,000.