And the most fuel-efficient car in America is …
There are fuel-efficient cars, and then there’s the Ford Focus Electric — America’s most fuel-efficient five-passenger car.
The EPA has certified the Focus Electric to offer 110 miles per gallon equivalent city rating and 99 MPGe on the highway. In addition, the EPA has certified the Focus Electric to offer 105 MPGe combined. But what makes the Focus Electric stand out from other electric vehicles is that it has been EPA-certified to go 76 miles on a single charge, and can even go up to 100 miles, depending on driving habits. And when the car does need to be recharged, it can be done in four hours using available 240-volt outlets that can be installed in residential garages.
According to Ford, customers who drive the Focus electric could save $9,700 in fuel costs over the course of five years compared with the average new vehicle.
“We’ve been working for three years to make the Focus Electric America’s most fuel-efficient vehicle of its kind,” said Chuck Gray, Ford chief engineer global core engineering hybrid and electric vehicles, in a company press release. “The entire group feels like a sports team that has just won a major championship. It’s a good feeling to be at this point now.”
Production of the Focus Electric began last December and is being ramped up in the first half of this year to make sure the car is available at dealerships in California, New York and New Jersey. Ford says that by the end of 2012, the Focus Electric will be available in 19 U.S. markets.
Click here to learn more about Ford’s electrified vehicle lineup.