Ford Focus Electric Vs Chevy Volt: Which Would You Buy, And Why?

Follow John

2012 Ford Focus Electric launch, New York City, January 2011 - Nancy Gioia

2012 Ford Focus Electric launch, New York City, January 2011 - Nancy Gioia

Enlarge Photo

Well, now the news is out: The 2012 Ford Focus Electric, the company's first-ever mass-market battery electric vehicle, will be priced at $39,995.

Perhaps not coincidentally, that's exactly the price of the 2012 Chevrolet Volt, crosstown rival GM's extended-range electric vehicle (achieved by some specific feature reductions).

Both are compact five-door hatchbacks whose front wheels are powered solely by electric traction motors using electricity supplied from a lithium-ion battery pack that plugs into the electricity grid to recharge.

But that's where the similarities end.

  • The Chevy has a range-extending internal combustion engine and a gasoline tank; the Ford has neither.
  • The Focus Electric has a range of up to 100 miles, followed by a recharging period of several hours; the 2012 Volt can go as far as needed using gasoline once the battery is depleted.
  • The 2012 Ford Focus Electric seats five; the Chevy Volt seats four.
  • The Volt has a 3.3-kilowatt internal charger; the Ford's is 6.6 kilowatts, helping to close the gap in charging time for its larger battery pack.
  • The Ford has a blue oval badge; the Chevy has a gold bowtie.

2011 Chevrolet Volt test drive, Michigan, October 2010

2011 Chevrolet Volt test drive, Michigan, October 2010

Enlarge Photo

So leaving out the 2012 Nissan Leaf--which is both cheaper and imported--if you want to buy an American-built electric car, which one would you choose?

And why?

Leave us your thoughts in the Comments below.

+++++++++++

Follow GreenCarReports on Facebook and Twitter.

 
Follow Us

Commenting is closed for this article

Take Us With You!

 

Get FREE Dealer Quotes

From dealers near you
Go!

Find Green Cars

Go!


 
© 2015 Green Car Reports. All Rights Reserved. Green Car Reports is published by High Gear Media. Send us feedback. Stock photography by izmo, Inc.