Those who own a new 2012 Ford Focus Electric could now drive in the less congested high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes after the California Environmental Protection Agency's Air Resources Board (CARB) finally gave its approval. The California state gives owners a new $2,500 rebate and with the eligible $7,500 federal tax incentive, they can receive as much as $10,000 in tax credits. Recently, Focus Electric had become the most fuel-efficient five-seater in the U.S. with its 110-MPGe city fuel economy rating. When compared to the Nissan Leaf, it has higher power, passenger room and standard features and yet, it has half the charge time and cost.
Customers can choose from among 10 fuel-efficient engines that lead in several segments and uses powertrain technologies. With the approval of the car for California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP), owners of the gas-free Ford Focus Electric could save $10,000, and get access to the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane. Those who buy the Focus Electric in California could now apply to get a $2,500 tax rebate when the Focus Electric is bought or leased for 36 months or longer.
Aside from the state rebate, the Focus Electric is also eligible for the current $7,500 federal tax credit. On March 2, the Focus Electric was named as the most fuel-efficient five-passenger car in the U.S. with a certified 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating and 99 MPGe on the highway. The EPA certified this model to offer 105 MPGe combined, doing better than the Nissan Leaf by 6 MPGe while providing more motor power and more standard features. The 99 MPGe highway certification of the Focus Electric is better than the Leaf’s 92 MPGe rating.