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2012 Ford Focus Electric - Review

 

Ford Focus EV - instrument panel

Ford Focus EV - instrument panel

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Ford Focus EV - battery pack under rear seat, from inside

Ford Focus EV - battery pack under rear seat, from inside

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Ford Focus EV - the power electronics sit above the electric motor

Ford Focus EV - the power electronics sit above the electric motor

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The Ford Focus EV is still a few years away.  Due to market in 2011 as a 2012 model, the Focus EV is still in the development stage.  But Editor in Chief John Voelcker over at our sister site GreenCarReports.com got a chance to drive a prototype version of the Focus EV and provided some insight and a brief review of the model.

The prototype version is a product of Ford supplier Magna.  Magna will also be responsible for the production version that will be on dealer lots some time in 2011.

High points of the initial drive include the overall refinement of the package.  According to Voelcker, the Focus EV mule was one of the most refined, noise free mules they have ever driven.  Pre-production vehicles are known to usually have certain faults, but the Focus EV had no squeaks or rattles and was solidly constructed.

The Focus EV had enough torque to spin it's inside front wheel when accelerating through turns and provide ample power for brisk acceleration.  The braking system switched between regenerative and regular braking smoothly with no noticeable hiccups throughout the process.

Due to the increased mass of the battery system, Voelcker noted that the vehicle felt heavy, but did not detract from its acceleration.  The battery system is designed to be charged in about 6 hours with a 220 volt setup or 12 hours through a 110 volt supply.  A full charge allows a cruising range of 100 miles.

The gauge system incorporates a battery meter in place of a tachometer and a small charge meter.  With the approval by customers and reviewers of the Fusion Hybrid gauge system, you may see changes to the gauge cluster as the vehicle goes into production.

The Ford Focus EV is still a few years away, but this mule version is surprisingly almost ready to hit the roads.  According to Voelcker, the only thing making this mule stand out as a mule is the big red kill switch located inside. 

By the time the Focus EV reaches the market, the new Ford Focus will be on our roads.  Adding an electric version to the much talked about new Focus will help sales and will give Ford its first compact EV in the states.


 
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Comments (4)
  1. Are there any diesel electrics on detroits drawing board
     
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  2. It's great that Ford is pursuing the electric car path, with plans to have a retail Focus EV in the market in 2011, but a little depressing to hear - again - that we're talking about a $40,000 (guesstimate) Focus with 100 miles of range.The LEAF’s snout has the sci-fi, space-ship character to suit the car’s techy appeal, with drawn back headlights and an aerodynamically optimized yet sharp look, while the swoop of the rear flanks is unexpectedly sporty, almost voluptuous.
     
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  3. Diesel electrics dont work out so hot, probably because the diesel cant sit there and run in gas sipping mode as much. Gas hybrids, you notice the mileage improvement more, simply because they are less efficient than diesels to begin with.
    I hope Ford does not give us the ugly chrome slotted grill that is in the show car. yuck. Give us that nice nose in the euro focus.
     
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  4. Diesel' can't run in fuel sipping mode????
    Very ignorant statement. Diesels outshine gas engines all day long in a low rpm idle mode.
     
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