Dec. 10, 2007: Source – Detroit News

Ford PZEV Badging

Ford wants the public to know that its four-seater compact, the Ford Focus, is in the same league as many hybrid vehicles, with respect to emission standards. A variant of the small car meets requirements for a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) certification in the state of California, and now wears badging to show off its green status.

To be given the distinction, a vehicle must first meet the Super Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle standard (SULEV), as well as emit no fuel vapors, and offer a 15 Year/150,000 mile warranty on its emissions equipment. SULEV signifies a new car that is 80 percent cleaner with respect to smog-forming emissions than the average 2007 vehicle.

To put PZEV into better perspective, Ford put together some fun—but quite trivial and esoteric— facts that illustrate the vehicle’s eco-friendliness:

  • Grilling one hamburger emits more hydrocarbon emissions than a Focus PZEV would on a three-hour drive—about 180 miles.
  • A Focus PZEV would have to be driven more than 2,100 miles, or five trips between Los Angeles and San Francisco, to equal the emissions generated by the leading 5.4-horsepower lawn mower in just one hour of use.
  • The Focus PZEV is so clean it would take 330 of them running at the same time to equal the smog-forming emissions of one typical 1971 car, the first California emission-controlled vehicle.

On top of its clean burning attributes, this PZEV grants a very hybrid-like 37 miles per gallon. But because it’s not a hybrid, it does not qualify for tax credits—though some argue it should. Even without the tax incentive, the Focus PZEV has accounted for about 97 percent of Focus sales in California since 2003.