2012 Ford Focus Electric Instrumented Test Review Car and Driver

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Electrified, if not quite electrifying.

an electric car from scratch has one advantage: A clean-sheet design it easier to hide a large pack. But aside from the location of #x2009;the heaviest of the car, purpose-built electrics exactly been electrifying to From the General Motors EV1 to the Leaf. electric cars from the jump to be electrics like fridges.

And not even the cool stainless-steel and kind. To make an electric car we advise starting with a gasoline-powered car and converting it to run on electricity. did just that with the Elise. which resulted in its Roadster.

Now Ford has taken one of our five-door hatchbacks#x2014;the 10Best-winning #x2014;and converted it to run on amps of gas.

Ford aims vehicle directly at the purpose-built We immediately noticed that the Focus acts a lot like any Focus. You get the regular car#x2019;s chassis, refined manners, steering, and playful character.

The Leaf is a lot less involving and to drive; it#x2019;s more than stimulation. Score one for the car.

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That said, the Focus is no stoplight king. A AC motor sits between the wheels and offers 188 pound-feet of at all times. The motor works 3612 pounds of mass a single-speed transaxle.

Acceleration has the slow grace of a Town Car. We clocked a time of 10.3 seconds, a few off the less powerful, nearly Leaf. Remember 85-mph

The electric Focus could peg one; top speed is reported to be at 84 mph, but we managed 85 with our vehicle. The Focus Electric a quarter-mile in 17.9 seconds, 80 mph at that same time.


One interesting result of our evaluation was the that the battery-operated Focus has a rearward weight bias#x2014;51 of the poundage sits over the axle. That’s due to the battery which also lowers the of gravity by about an inch to a gas Focus and contributes to this handling aptitude. (The weighs 550-ish pounds than a comparable conventional hatch.) Roadholding is slightly than the numbers we’ve from the Leaf #x2014;0.74 g the Nissan’s best of 0.79. And is limited by the low-rolling-resistance tires, in a long, 195-foot stop 70 mph.

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