Drivers could save as much as $1,200 annually on fuel expenses if they operate electric vehicles instead of driving gasoline-powered compact cars, according to a study on improved fuel economy conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The study would be favorable to companies producing electric vehicles like General Motors Co. (Chevrolet Volt) Nissan Motor Co. (Leaf) and Ford Motor Co. (Focus).
According to the study, plug-in vehicles could help the driver save from $750 to $1,200 yearly, instead of buying gasoline, at $3.50 a gallon, for a new car that has a mileage of 27 mpg, at a distance of 11,000 miles. The study noted that although electric vehicles appear more expensive than gasoline-fueled ones due to higher acquisition price, consumers would still be persuaded by the fact that they can save money by using electricity instead of gasoline.
Ford has priced its Focus electric car at around $39,995, before a $7,500 federal tax credit, and the gasoline version, the Focus SFE, at around $16,500. Nissan’s Leaf, meanwhile is being offered at a starting price $35,200.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Focus SFE a fuel economy rating to of 33 mpg for city and highway driving, while the U.S. Environmental Agency has certified the electric Focus as having a fuel economy rating equivalent of 105 mpg. According to auto-researcher Edmunds.com, electric vehicles may account for seven percent of U.S. auto sales by 2017, even when consumers take rising pump prices into consideration.
Ford Focus Electric is not just designed to provide excellent energy efficiency as well as reliable operation, but it also delivers genuine driving enjoyment. The car’s all-electric powertrain and its single-speed transmission promise instant response and smooth acceleration (up to 84 mph or 136 kph) when you push down the accelerator.
A big part of Focus Electric's handling, steering, and braking feel is being shared with the sporty, fuel-powered, agile Focus models where it is based on, making Focus Electric one dynamic driver's car. Its outstanding aerodynamics and the absence of diesel or gasoline engine also contribute to that remarkably quiet and comfortable in-car experience.
Sherif Marakby, director of electrification programs and engineering at Ford, said that more than any of the market’s other electric vehicle, the Ford Focus Electric does not lose any of the dynamics and the quality of a traditional car. According to him, the car shares many premium features and components that are similar to its gasoline-powered counterpart. This while also delivering an excitingly unique driving experience and distinct efficiencies.
In addition, the Ford Focus Electric showcases a host of standard security and safety features that include an electronic traction control, six airbags, MyKey for North America, and a hands-free SYNC phone connectivity. What’s more, it has parts that are made extensively of eco-friendly materials, like its bio-foam seat cushions as well as recycled fabrics.