2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012
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The basicsSo what should you know about Ford's rival to the more established Nissan Leaf?
Firstly, unlike its Japanese rival, the Focus Electric shares its basic architecture with regular gasoline--and in Europe, diesel--vehicles. The exterior styling and interior layout is much as you'd find in any other Focus, so little will come as a surprise to the average Focus owner.
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.
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.
Driving the Ford Focus Electric
We described the Focus Electric as "solid, smooth and sporty" after driving it back in April.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. If you want to know more, check out our first drive review, below.
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!