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Old 06-11-2012, 11:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Does the Ford Focus Electric Actually Save You Money?

Comparing a Ford Focus Electric ("FFE") with a Ford Focus conventional ("FFC"), an analysis goes like this. (Caveat: only applicable for California. Your mileage -- literally and figuratively -- may vary.)

Assume a conventional Ford Focus:

Assume a Ford Focus Electric

A few caveats are in order:
  • This does not account for oil changes and other maintenance on the conventional Ford Focus
  • This assumes charging is 100% efficient: 23 KW-h consumed from your electric company fully charges the FFE battery
  • Gasoline prices (and electric prices) will stay relatively flat

Then
  • A conventional Ford Focus costs $20,000 to purchase and $0.14/mile to drive
  • A Ford Focus Electric costs $30,000 (after rebates and credits) and costs $0.023/mile to drive

Doing the algebra, break-even happens at (30000 - 20000)/(0.14 - 0.023) miles or 85,235 miles.

Summary:
Until you've driven 85K miles, the conventional Ford Focus costs less. At 85K miles, you will have spent the same amount for either car. After 85K miles, the Ford Focus Electric is significantly cheaper.
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think those numbers hold water: The price of the conventional Focus is too low.

Reason: The option content of the Focus Electric is much closer to the Titanium trim level. Thus the pricing for the conventional Focus should be approximately $6000 more.

$20,000 conventional Focus does not have:
- MyFord Touch
- Leather Seats
- Automatic Trans
- etc.

So your break even calculations become: (30000 - 26000)/(0.14 - 0.023) or ~34,000 miles.



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