The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified the upcoming Ford Focus Electric as having a mpg equivalent of 105 miles per gallon of gasoline, Ford Motor Co. announced. The Focus compact electric car carries an EPA rating of 99 mpg equivalent in highway driving and 110 mpg equivalent in city driving.
Since electric cars and plug-in hybrids use sources of power different from gasoline-fuelled autos, there is a need to establish a more understandable and simple measure so that consumers could compare the non-petrol and petrol vehicles.
To simplify the comparison, the EPA instituted the mpg equivalent, which measures the average distance travelled per unit of energy consumed.
The Focus Electric bested other established battery-powered vehicles in terms of mpg equivalent. The Nissan Leaf has a 99 mpg equivalent while the Chevrolet Volt plug-in has a 94 mpg equivalent, according to data provided by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Focus Electric also got the better of the Leaf in terms of range, as it could cruise for 76 miles on a single charge, as certified by the EPA. The agency rated the Leaf as having a driving range of 73 miles on a single charge.
However, the Focus Electric is quite more expensive than the Leaf, with a starting price at $39,995 compared with the latter’s $35,200. Wes Sherwood, a spokesman for Ford, said the Focus Electric is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit. However, the Leaf is also eligible for the tax rebate, being an electric car. The prices exclude tax, title, license/registration and destination charges.