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Ford Focus Electric: Ultimate Guide To What You Need To Know

 
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2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is already available in select parts of the U.S. -- and to answer all your questions about Ford’s first mass-produced all-electric car here’s our ultimate guide to the Ford Focus Electric. 

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.

To keep up with the latest information, don’t forget to bookmark this page and visit it regularly. Alternatively, you can always follow the latest news on the 2012 Ford Focus Electric on our Facebook page for GreenCarReports, or follow us on Twitter @greencarreports.

 

The basics

So 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 2012

2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012

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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!




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  1. Is there a 0-30 and 0-60mph, 1/4 miles time for the Focus EV?
     
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  2. Yes, at Car and Driver: http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2012-ford-focus-electric-instrumented-test-review

    The 0-60 is 10.3, two-tenths slower than the Leaf. Quarter mile is 17.9 reaching 80 mph.
     
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  3. Focus electric comes nowhere close to Leaf in terms of fun driving and acceleration. We own a Leaf and lease a Focus and there is a big difference. I am not dismissing the Ford totally but in my opinion it is no match for Leaf when it comes to pass other cars once the light turns green or turning radius. Also quality-wise, we haven't had a single problem with Nissan since year and a half while have had several instances of the panel on the Focus never turning on or the clock being change to some strange time.
     
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  4. Odd. The great majority of auto reviews come to an opposite conclusion. For instance, Consumer Reports has this to say: "This Focus is one of the nicest electric cars we've driven. It has all the underlying Focus qualities: taut handling, good ride, and nicely finished interior." Or, as Car & Driver states: "The Leaf is a lot less involving and gratifying to drive; it’s more simulation than stimulation." Additionally, the performance specs show that the Focus is just slightly slower than the Leaf. (Two-tenths of a second, zero-60.)

    In a straight comparison, I would give the edge to the Focus on the interior (it is significantly more refined) and the battery system. (I have a real issue with an air-cooled battery.)
     
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  5. only 76 mile range??? -sigh- come on car makers would you put a 3 gallon tank on the ICE counterpart get the range up to 200 miles and you will see people buy it.
     
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  6. Sigh.... The 80 mile range is standard for electric vehicles unless you want to move up to the cost of a Tesla. The 3 gallon tank isn't the problem, it's finding a convenient place to fill up that 3 gallon tank, other than your home.

    An 80 mile range is an alternative, however, if you have two cars and use one for short trips. Then, the energy equivalent of $1.50 a gallon for a fill-up will help convince you that maybe an electric car isn't too bad after all.
     
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  7. Actually the 3 gallon tank IS the problem, and just because it's the norm doesn't make it sufficient.Even if chargers were located every 75 miles to allow you full range; I don't know anyone who would be willing to stop for hours to recharge every hour. Until 200-300 mile range is the norm, something with an on board range extender or hybrids are the way to go.
     
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  8. Just leased a Ford Focus Electric a couple of weeks ago and so far I am amazed and delighted. The car is refined, fun, and perfect for the sort of driving I do (under 50 miles per day typically). We are in the process of putting solar panels on our roof so that I can drive on sunshine (perfect for Florida where we live).
     
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  9. You also need to know that Ford has the price too high and they are only doing this as a compliance vehicle, so the price will never come down. The Leaf, the Spark, and the 500e are all better values when and if they become available in your area.
     
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  10. Priced too high? I bought a Focus Electric, and I'm a cheapskate. Just ask my wife. The others cost less because you get less of a car - 2 less doors and/or less interior space, as in the Spark or 500e - or you get the stripped model of a car funky styling that stands out like a sore thumb, as in the base Leaf. Compare the fully loaded Leaf with the FFE would be more of an apples-to-apples comparison, and you will find the lease terms on the two comparable.

    Five months and 7000 miles have past, no regrets. I love this thing!
     
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