Ford Focus Electric
Ford Focus Electric
Another head-to-head competition pits the Focus Electric against the Leaf. Both cars claim similar all-electric ranges of 100 miles, but the Focus has a faster recharge time, according to Ford, and more adaptability to swings in temperature. Leaf wins on price, however, coming in nearly $4,000 less than the Focus Electric's $39,995 base price. Ford is taking it easy the first year out: It plans only limited production, with availability restricted to New York, New Jersey, and California.

By Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large @FortuneMagazine - Last updated January 04 2012: 9:37 AM ET
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