2012 Ford Focus Electric Drive review Autoweek

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2012 Ford Focus Drive review

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What is it?

first foray into mass-market electric vehicles in late spring, sporting 23 of battery and an EPA range of 76 miles. mileage will vary, for the better, unless you drag-race from every stoplight. The Electric five-door seats but gives up a big chunk of its utility to the of two battery packs, the one crammed what used to be the cargo of the Focus hatchback. We barely got a bag, a computer backpack and a navy blazer in there. The battery pack is stuffed under the rear seat the gas tank used to be.

The whole batch of liquid-cooled—or Chem lithium-ion pouch fits into the same hatch as on the gasoline version and down the same assembly That means that converted the Focus to pure power without making any structural changes anywhere, kept costs down. the entry-level sticker is set at $39,995.

before the $7,500 federal tax In some states, such as where the car was unveiled, you get an extra cash back on top of that, the Focus Electric’s sticker to a accessible $29,995 once you your taxes. That’s for a loaded version, too.

The only options on this car are seats and fancy paint, the for which will be announced to the car’s late-spring launch.

is it like to drive?

The Focus is the quietest EV we’ve driven Ford spent time and adding sound insulation the vehicle and damping down that might disturb its serenity. You won’t hear whining, clicks clacking or switching. The 141 hp/105-kilowatt permanent motor drives the front almost seamlessly through a reduction gear. Stomp on the and it’s hard to feel any steer at all.

Ford is not a 0-to-60-mph figure. The closest we got to an on that was under 10 seconds. that the car is about 500 pounds than the gasoline Focus at 3,624 pounds, we’ll go 9.7 seconds as our guess.

Room inside is definitely snug. Back-seat passengers to depend on the largess of the front-seat to slide forward a little if want to be more comfortable. The Leaf has a little more in front but less rear, and the shaped Mitsubishi i has less both front and rear.

were many electronic displayed on the dash, from hours per mile to regenerative efficiency. That’s a big draw, the technologically driven early who will be the first customers.

A faster on-board charger four-hour recharge times empty from Level II outlets.

Do I want it?

The price is grand more than a and 10 grand more than a i. It is a little larger than the and a little larger still the i, but is the Focus Electric worth the cost? You’d have to the Leaf back to back it to decide. As we recall from Leaf drives, that car was quiet, too. With the Electric you get the benefit of anonymity. You have people coming up and you about your EV.

Maybe customers will like Early adopters who want to the topic may not like having people to whom they can the gospel of kilowatt-hours.

In the next two years there be many more EVs launched, of those from Ford. So won’t be able to blame any shortfalls on availability. As more of come into showrooms the country, it’ll be all up to the cars

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So far, we think the cars are for it.

2012 Ford Focus

On Sale: Late spring

Price: $39,995

Powertrain: electric traction motor, 141 kW, 188 lb-ft, single-speed reduction FWD


Battery: 23-kWh lithium ion

Weight: 3,624 lb

0-60 9.7 sec ( AW est)

Top Speed: 84 mph (mfr)

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