Ford has finally come out with an all-electric car, and that is the new 2012 Ford Focus Electric, which Ford has been working for the fast three years. Given the momentum of the electric car movement, Ford doesn’t want to lag behind, and the new 2012 Ford Focus Electric will be an addition to the popular Focus lineup.
The new 2012 Ford Focus Electric has been granted HOV lane access in California by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). In addition, it also let buyers of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric to qualify for an incentive of $2,500 through the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP).
So far, the official range for the 2012 Ford Focus Electric is about 76 miles in a single charge, and that is about three more miles than the all-electric Nissan Leaf. According to EPA ratings, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric is certified at 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city, 99 MPGe highway, and a combined 105 MPGe.
The EPA also stated that the 2012 Ford Focus Electric will save about $9,700 in fuel costs over the course of a 5-year ownership as compared to the average new car. But the catch here is that you will have to pay up front of $39,200 before your rebates and incentives kick in later, which is very expensive for an economy car.
“Ford is giving customers the power of choice for leading fuel economy regardless of what type of vehicle or powertrain technology they choose,” said Eric Kuehn, chief nameplate engineer, Focus Electric. “The Focus and Fusion are great examples of how we transformed our fleet of cars, utilities and trucks with leading fuel efficiency.”
So what’s driving the five-passenger 2012 Ford Focus Electric? Well, it is powered by a 100-kilowatt electric motor with a 23 kWh battery pack. The electric power system is able to produce 123-hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. The 2012 Ford Focus Electric can travel up to a top speed of 84 mph. With a 240-volt in-home charger, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric can be fully charged in just 3-4 hours. And on a 120-volt standard outlet, it takes up to 20 hours.