Ford says Focus Electric is America’s Most Fuel-efficient Five-passenger Car image

Ford Motor Co. (F) on Thursday said its Focus electric car was certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at 110 miles per gallon equivalent, 6 MPGe more compared to the Nissan Leaf.

The automaker says now that the Focus Electric is officially America’s most fuel-efficient five-passenger car.
The battery-powered Focus has an EPA rating of 10 mpg equivalent in city driving and 99 mpg equivalent in highway driving, Ford said in a statement.

The EPA-approved Focus Electric label also certifies that the car has a range of 76 miles on a single charge compared with the 73-mile range of the Leaf.

The vehicle can be driven up to 100 miles on a single charge depending on driving habits. The average driver drives 29 miles a day, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics website.

Speaking of charging, Ford says the Focus Electric can be fully charged in just three hours from its 240-volt home-installed charging station, though the car will take up to 20 hours to charge via a standard 120-volt outlet.

Ford plans to ramp up Focus Electric retail production in the first half of 2012 for dealership availability in California, New York and New Jersey. By the end of 2012, Focus Electric will be available in 19 markets across the U.S.