2012 Ford Focus Electric Review

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2012 Ford Focus

Early testers find a lot to about the new-for-2012 Ford Electric (Base MSRP: Compared with its arch-rival, the Nissan Leaf (Base $35,200 to $37,250). the Focus charges nearly twice as — and most experts say it more like a normal car the Leaf. So far, they the Focus Electric better the other electric car on the market, the cheaper-feeling Mitsubishi i-MiEV MSRP: $29,125 to $31,125) .

But the Electric costs $2,000 to more than the Leaf three electric cars for the same $7,500 maximum tax credit, plus additional tax in some states). The launch for the Focus Electric are California, New and New Jersey. Fifteen more are due by the end of the

Like every other electric car to date, the Focus comes with a whole of compromises, says Andrew at Edmunds Inside Line. Two It costs twice as much as the gas-powered Focus, and you can only it an EPA-estimated 76 miles before you to plug it in to recharge.

But that’s the you pay with any electric car, says. To those willing to pay it, the Ford Focus Electric is solid choice in a very segment.

If electric cars’ range makes you nervous, hybrid cars like the Chevrolet Volt (Base $39,145) erase that They carry a gas backup so you won’t get stranded if your runs dry. The Volt for the same tax credits, too.

‘Handsome’ — just a regular Focus

No stares, no Unlike the stick-out-in-a-crowd Nissan and Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Ford Electric gets the same styling as the regular Focus hatchback, except for a different and a little Electric badge.

Steven J. Ewing, for one, is We can’t tell you how often we stared and pointed at while the Nissan and Mitsubishi, and being the of attention gets old.

In my week with the Focus, I was says Bradley Berman at The New Times. Not once did I receive a glance from a pedestrian or roadway denizen. Berman the handsome Focus Electric to his own Leaf, which he says like a Japanese gizmo.

says, While the handsome of this new Focus might be initially sets the hook, the total transformation of the passenger that will reel you in. The is attractive and quiet, and the materials are The Focus Electric gets the treatment.

Sit in the low-slung, well-conforming and you feel oh-so normal, says. There are no circuit-board techno start-up sounds, shifter knobs or special Eco The driver chooses among gear selections: park, neutral, drive and low.

Of course, you do get some different readouts — including one fluttering butterflies to show you how you’re driving.

Loaded features and quality, but small and trunk

The Focus Electric five — but backseat is tight, just like in the Focus. The electric’s battery a lot of trunk space, though. doesn’t say how much, but Car and Driver’s Quiroga says there’s enough room back for a set of golf clubs. Edmunds.com Don’t expect to fit much than a duffel bag or two, and The New Times’ Berman finds for a few bags of groceries but nothing

The Focus Electric does a built-in two-tier cargo to make the most of the trunk

Otherwise, testers find the Electric comfortable — and Battery-powered cars are intrinsically the motor sound falling a whir and a whisper, Berman But the Focus is deep-space silent, the of the many electric cars driven.

The engineers told me used extra insulation and damping.

The Focus Electric in a single trim level, fully loaded. The only are Blue Candy ($395) or Platinum ($495) paint and seats ($995). Eco-friendly comes standard.

Ford some electric-specific tech too. The standard navigation will double-check your to make sure you’ve got power. Using your iOS or Android device, you can remotely or pre-cool the Focus Electric you’re still plugged in (so climate control will less power on the road), charge times and monitor how charge it has accumulated so far.

Punchy and fun by some critics’ — but not others

Most say the Focus Electric drives a lot a regular Focus — and a good thing.

You get the regular solid chassis, refined precise steering and playful says Quiroga at Car and Driver. Ewing says that like the regular Focus the Focus Electric is smooth, and easy to manage, while a surprising amount of driver

Contrast that with the Leaf, which Quiroga drives like a fridge. The is a lot less involving and gratifying to it’s more simulation stimulation. Another prominent likewise finds the Focus nicer to drive than a

Edmunds Inside Line’s disagrees. He says the Focus seems heavy and slow-witted with the regular Focus. He the heavy lithium-ion battery and motor.


Because it’s an of an existing car, Ford had to put the stuff where it fit. all you don’t want it, at the far ends of the The Leaf carries its weight in the But Ewing says the heavy in the rear actually improves the which is nose-heavy otherwise.

Is it punchy? Early testers agree. Ewing and Berman, who the car for a week, say yes. The Focus 107-kW motor generates 143 and 184 pound-feet of torque, instantly through the single-speed direct-drive We found it immensely fun to mash the off the line, delivering the full of torque to the front wheels from 0 RPM, Ewing

Berman reports great at freeway speeds, too, rapid bursts of acceleration 30 to 50 mph, and from 55 to 75, with left in reserve.

But Quiroga the Focus Electric is no stoplight acceleration has the slow grace of a Town Car. He says it about as fast as the Leaf, takes about 10 seconds to 60 mph.

Frankel finds it too. Like all electric it promises much between and 20 mph, but it’s given its by 40 mph and is starting to flag at 60 mph. says it tops out at 84 mph and it sensibly to post any official acceleration

Still, thanks to impressive and all that instant torque on the Focus Electric can offer at a genuinely enjoyable way of passing the

The problem is that however you it, you won’t be enjoying it for long. The EPA you’ll get 76 miles before you to park the Focus Electric and it in.

Charges faster than the Leaf

Fuel economy and are very similar to the Nissan The Ford Focus Electric the equivalent of 105 mpg (99 mpge for the Leaf) and can run 76 on a charge (73 for the Leaf), according to the In Berman’s week-long test for The New Times, he found that range estimate spot-on. and Nissan both say you can get 100 miles or per charge, but that depends on a lot of — weather, traffic, driving style and the weight of and stuff in the car).

But the Focus charges much faster on a home charging station about four hours, seven hours for the Leaf. will sell you a charging for $1,500 installed. You’ll want one, as the Focus the Leaf) can take 20 hours to on a regular 120-volt outlet.

the Leaf, Ford doesn’t an optional plug for 30-minute at public quick-charge stations.

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EPA Economy Estimates

City: 110

Highway: 99 mpge

Combined: 105

Note that mpge for miles-per-gallon equivalent.

Good crash scores, but no data yet

Because they the same body, the regular Focus’s crash ratings apply to the Focus Electric. All carry the usual standard features — antilock traction and stability control and front-side and curtain airbags.

We no reliability predictions for this new The Ford Focus Electric three-year/36,000-mile basic and five-year/60,000-mile warranties, plus eight miles for the electric component.

Safety Ratings (based on Ford Focus hatchback)

Impact: 4 stars

Side 5 stars

Rollover Resistance: 4

Overall: 4 stars

IIHS Ratings (based on 2012 Focus hatchback)

Front Impact: Good

Side Good

Rear Impact:

Roof Strength: Good

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