For our guide, we’ve hand-picked the best information about the five-seat hatchback, detailing everything from its debut through to its pedestrian warning system, its in-car telematics and even the occasional celebrity appearance.
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The basicsSo what should you know about Ford's rival to the more established Nissan Leaf?
Under the hood, you'll find a 107-kilowatt (143-horsepower) electric motor. A 23 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack provides the power, and its official EPA range is 76 miles.
It also gets a 105 MPG-equivalent rating with energy use of 32 kWh per 100 miles--slightly below the Leaf's 114 MPGe, 30 kWh/100-mi rating.
While the Leaf has no dedicated thermal management system for the battery, the Focus does--and the ability for it to cool or warm the battery depending on conditions should ensure range is preserved a little better in temperature extremes.
A recent price cut has softened the Focus Electric's sticker price, which now begins at $35,995 including a mandatory $825 destination charge--but not including any federal or local incentives or tax rebates.
Driving the Ford Focus Electric
The Focus is already a fun car so the Electric is off to a good start, and there's enough power and torque from the electric motor to tackle city and highway driving. We described it as "solid, smooth and sporty" after driving for the first time.
If you want to know more, check out our first drive review, below. To find out even more on the Focus Electric, head over to The Car Connection's full review of the 2014 Ford Focus Electric.
2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012Enlarge Photo
Buying and owning the Ford Focus Electric
Tempted by an electric Focus, after reading the basics and our first drive review? You may also be interested in some of the following links then, which provide a little more information on what the Focus will be like to buy and own.
Particularly interesting is Ford's run-down of all the parts you won't be changing, compared to a regular car. If you don't like maintenance, this is probably the vehicle for you!