Next-up from Ford? The Focus Energi Hybrid for $27,000

Originally published on Gas2 by Christopher DeMorro

Ford hybrid sales have exploded over the past year as the Blue Oval added several electrified models to its lineup

Next-up from Ford might be the Ford Focus Energi Hybrid, which is rumoured to start at only $27,000.
Next-up from Ford is the Ford Focus Energi Hybrid, which is rumored to start at only $27,000. The first 25 miles of every trip will be gasoline-free miles as the car will run on the battery pack for those miles, subsequently, the on-board 4-cylinder gas engine will fire up to; a) charge the battery and b) to provide motive power until the battery is fully recharged and the battery can take over as the motive force. If you average 33 (total) miles per day like most drivers, think of all the gas money you’ll save!

Leading Ford’s hybrid charge was the Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi, two plug-in hybrids that could soon be joined by a third model, the Focus Energi, which will offer a longer electric driving range and a lower price.

The Ford Focus Energi is rumored to debut when Ford unveils a refreshed look for the popular hatchback. It will likely share the same 2.0 liter, Atkinson cycle engine as the C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi, but could go up to 25 miles on electricity alone, vs. the 21 miles in the C-Max and Fusion. This could be from improved battery chemistry, motors, or just being a smaller lighter car. This will be yet another variation on the Focus line, which already includes the 247 horsepower Focus ST and the Focus Electric with a 76-mile EPA rating.

More important though is the rumored price tag of $27,000, which would make it one of the most affordable plug-in hybrids on the market. The Ford C-Max Energi starts at $32,920 and the Fusion Energi starts at $34,700, but both can utilize $3,750 of the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit, bringing the price down to $29,170 and $30,950 respectively.

If you gave the Focus Energi a starting price of $27,000, the effective price would be under $24,000, which leads me to believe the $27,000 price is probably after the tax credit is applied. But maybe Ford will surprise us all with an even more affordable plug-in hybrid, and they did just slash $4,000 from the price of the Focus Electric. A mid-$20,000 plug-in hybrid would be lovely, wouldn’t it?

Source: Auto Express | Green Car Reports

This article, How Does A $27,000 Ford Focus Energi Sound?, is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

About the Author

Chris DeMorroChristopher DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn’t wrenching or writing, he’s running, because he’s one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.


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