Ford Focus Electric - Preproduction - Boulder, CO
Ford Focus Electric - Refueling Area
As preproduction vehicles go this one was very well sorted. It even had carpet covering the battery pack that takes up part of the trunk compartment. The major difference when getting into the Focus Electric is the way the gauges look. Instead of an RPM gauge you have a meter measuring your power consumption and power recovery through regenerative breaking. Other than that, we pushed the start button, put it in gear and took off. The first thing you notice is how quiet it is, the second thing you notice is that there is a slightly different feel to the transfer of power. Some electric cars have a simulated creep to make it more familiar, but this pre production vehicle, especially on the hill didn’t go until I pressed on the accelerator. Once we were moving it was easy to get up to 30 or 40 mph and maintain speed, even up the foothills of Boulder, Colo.
The greatest praise I could give the preproduction is that I felt like I could drive it home right there and then. With a target of 100-mile range (our drive showed 88 left until empty) the 2011 Nissan Leaf could…no, will have some serious competition. The equivalent of 140 horsepower doesn’t hurt either. Stay tuned for more on the Ford Focus EV and look for it to come out the fall of 2011.