Many large car makers are delivering hybrid and electric cars to the market and this segment is getting a lot busier than before. Among those that are most interesting to us are the 2015 Nissan Leaf and 2015 Ford Focus Electric and we are delivering the comparison of these two and hope that it will help out drivers to decide which one is better for their needs.
Nissan LEAF is a compact 5-door hatchback electric car that has been produced since 2010 in Japan and US. 2015 Nissan Leaf will be a carryover of its predecessor and it will come in three FWD trim levels: S, SV and SL, all with 80 kW electric motor delivering up to 110 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. It will have a 192-cells 24 kWh lithium-ion battery.
Its exterior is compact and neat looking. It has a Nissan logo in the front hood with charging dock behind it. Long, laid-back headlights stretch almost to the cabin which has a slow fall towards the rear end. Interior looks very nice and its upholstery is made of premium materials. It has new ultra-modern gauges that give you all the relevant information. There are many more features, like: heated front and rear seats made partially from recycled bottles, heated steering wheel, color touch-screen, climate control etc.
2015 Nissan Leaf
It averages around 70 miles (at 55 mph) without a recharge. Prices start at $21,480 for the S trim and go up to $27.520 for SL trim, after federal tax savings. Total ownership costs for the 2015 Nissan Leaf is around $37.000 on US average.
What we do know is the fact that the all new Ford Focus will be delivered as a 2015th model. This also means that the 2015 Ford Focus Electric will bring different looks. Just like with the previous versions it will be almost identical to the standard gasoline version but it will be powered with 107 kW (143 hp) electric motor that is supplied with electricity from 23 kWh batter pack. This battery uses Lithium Ion technology and is liquid cooled representing one of the most advanced models available on the market.
2015 Ford Focus Electric
With this battery pack Focus Electric will be able to go for almost 80 miles per charge making it perfect solution for drivers that have a lot of city driving. Design language that will be implemented here will bring it closer to the currently available models in the Ford lineup. Even sharper looks will be offered with laid back headlights and slightly wider grille. At the back we have redesigned light group while the profile look offers sweeping roofline making this vehicle one of the best looking models in the segment.
All the technology that you need is delivered here. Every buyer will be getting features like lane keeping system, blind spot information system, rearview camera and similar. Additionally there are things like overhead console, cruise control, heated front seats, nine speakers audio system from Sony and much more that should improve comfort.
2015 Nissan Leaf Vs 2015 Ford Focus Electric
As we said before the 2015 Ford Focus Electric will be able to travel for about 80 miles on a single charge and while doing that it will return 110 MPGe in city and 99 MPGe on the highway. Starting price is set to slightly above $35.000 and this is the price before tax incentives and similar. Also, have in mind that it can go significantly higher when additional features are added.
Both of these cars are very similar, both in its design and price. 2015 Ford Focus Electric will be more fuel efficient and a bit more powerful than 2015 Nissan LEAF and it might give it the edge it needs. Also, with a fresh design Focus could be further improved so we will have to wait for the Nissan to respond.