2012 Ford Focus Electric: All The Parts It Doesn't Have...

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2012 Ford Focus Electric

2012 Ford Focus Electric

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A few days ago we told you what you needed to know about Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt servicing. After all, an electric car doesn't have many of the serviceable components you associate with a fossil-fuelled vehicle.

Not one to be left out, Ford are now extolling the virtues of simple servicing on their upcoming 2012 Focus Electric. Despite the higher initial cost in buying into such new technology, Ford are joining Nissan and GM in showing the financial and convenience benefits further down the line when it comes to maintaining your vehicle.

Ford have come up with a list of not one, not two, not even ten, but 25 separate components that would need regular servicing over the life of a vehicle - components that the driver of a Ford Focus Electric will never have to worry about. They claim the car will be "the easiest car to own that Ford Motor Company has ever built". It's a big statement but a look at the list suggests that they have a point.

All the parts you don't need to change...

2012 Ford Focus Electric

2012 Ford Focus Electric

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Amongst the obvious service items such as the air filter, oil and filter, muffler, spark plugs and fluids, Ford lists over twenty other items that require inspection, maintenance or replacement over a 10-year, 150,000 mile life of a regular car.

Ready to take notes?

An electric Ford Focus won't need an alternator; battery (in the conventional sense...); clutch; fuel filter; fuel injectors and pump; motor mounts; O2 sensors; power steering fluid (it uses electrical assistance); radiator and assorted pipework; serpentine belt; spark plug wires; starter motor; thermostat; timing belt; anything to do with regular transmissions (adjustment, fluids, filters) and a water pump. These, in addition to the components mentioned further up.

Ford reckons oil changes alone would come to almost $450 over ten years, and that doesn't include labor costs. In the past it would have been easier and cheaper to do oil and filter changes yourself, but on modern cars even simple processes have become more complex (ever tried to change a headlight bulb on a modern car?...) so the costs really add up.

Ford doesn't mention the hidden savings, either, such as saving on brake rotors and pads as an EV's regenerative braking function is often sufficient unless braking heavily or coming to a halt.

So what do you need to service?

2012 Ford Focus Electric

2012 Ford Focus Electric

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Although there's no definitive service schedule for the Focus Electric just yet, we'd guess that it will end up fairly similar to that of the 2011 Nissan Leaf.

Tires and wipers will still need attention, and braking components will undergo inspection too. The technicians will probably give all the electrical drive components a once-over, including the charging port, reduction gear oil, and several years down the line, coolant will need replacing.

We expect the battery can be removed for closer inspection, though a simple diagnostic check will likely suffice at the majority of service intervals.

All in all, there really isn't a lot to service on the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, and Ford's claim that it'll be their easiest car to own probably isn't so far from the truth!

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is set to go on sale towards the end of this year.

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Comments (10)
  1. How about reservations or an order process system?
    Any new from ford on this?
    I did sign up for news on the ford focus EV site

  2. You didn't mention anything in the area of the heat and air conditioning. And how is GM going to show how inexpensive EV maintenance is, they don't currently produce any EVs ? The Volt has everything listed above thats listed as not being in an EV. Chevrolet Volt = plug-in HYBRID.

  3. I've contacted Ford asking them if I'm doing everything I can (and if they are doing everything they can) to make sure I am able to drive one of these things off the dealers lot ASAP. Their response- stay tuned.
    The one dealership (out of 4 I contacted in my area) that bothered to respond to my inquiries about putting down a deposit told me that they weren't even sure that Detroit would be a market for the Focus Electric (they announced it would be last year!) and didn't sound at all interested in accepting a deposit.
    Come on Ford! How hard is it to put a deposit down for a new car!?

  4. @ cdspeed - You're right, the Volt is a hybrid and as such has an engine, though you'll notice I linked to the previous article with the Volt's service schedule. I include it in these type of comparisons as understandably, people want to hear about it.

  5. Regular maintenance on an EV will be extraordinarily less expensive and really hassle free. The one thing you need to remember is the inevitable battery replacement some 100,000 to 125,000 miles down the road.
    Who know what the replacement pack will cost, but it's likely to cost much less than it does today as we have seen a steady 7-8% annual reduction in cost over the past few years.
    Still, the maintenance plus energy savings should put the EV owner way ahead in the long run, even if they need to replace the pack after 8 years or so.

  6. great article !! My worry is that this is why these cars are taking so long to get to the dealers.. it negetivly effects profits of gas engine service and maintainance parts . manufacturers and their dealerships are going to delay EV's until the bitter end or until consumers demand it !!

  7. with this article, two thumbs up for ford! They are always giving the public new trend to follow. I was just wondering if these cars have the same quality electrical parts for their engines as compared to the past ford models.

  8. I wish they would post the expected price and when it really will be available to order. I plan to cancel my Leaf order because of delay after delay and I give up! Plus I prefer American. Too bad Nissan you blew it!

  9. I commend Ford for being honest with the public in saying the electric will be their easiest ever to own and for not accepting a big huge welfare cheque for the tax payers, and I couldn't help noticing how simple it seems to be to build electric cars. It looks like you can build two to three hundred electrics to every one ICE. I know I'm not the only one who noticed that and here comes the question.... Why are they dragging their heels? By now, EVs could be the dominant car on the roads.

  10. There's a whole lot more things to avoid fixing on an electric than just 25. There's 300 less moving parts than on a ICE vehicle. 'Electrics pay you back for their purchase price in just 5 years, and after 5 yrs, can save you $10,000/yr over a regular gas car. http://fredbellows.blogspot.com/2011/12/is-your-car-paying-you-back-for.html

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