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2012 Ford Focus test drive: behind the of Ford’s $39,200 electric car

consumer uptake that quite lived up to the hype. the vehicle market continues to and Ford is the latest entrant the 2012 Ford Focus A zero-emissions vehicle with a range and a top speed of 84 miles per the car is clearly intended to be a competitor to the Leaf, with Ford that it just manages to the latter car is several key specs. I was to spend some time the new Focus to get a sense of what it is like and who it may really be aimed at.

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The Brake did start to feel a bit more a gimmick rather than I’d use on a daily basis

On the there’s an 8-inch touchscreen into the center console, two 4-inch screens on either of the speedometer. These twin are where Ford’s SmartGauge which constantly informs you of the of available charge and range at disposal, as well as providing on the energy efficiency of your itself. Like most and hybrid vehicles, the Focus utilizes regenerative braking, the energy usually expended as in a friction-based system is instead by the vehicle and used to charge the The car’s Brake Coach your performance, telling you in time what percentage of you’re recapturing when to a stop.

It’s a fun system, but after my braking technique a few times in to hit that 100-percent mark, the Coach did start to feel a bit like a gimmick rather something I’d use on a daily That said, it’s no a good way to enlighten drivers on the of driving an electric vehicle, and the car’s limited range, any that helps one avoid energy is welcome.

A conventional Focus involves a dance of emergency brake-yanking and gas but the Electric handled everything in

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Accoutrements aside, the main with any vehicle is how does it . Having been a driver of a Focus for several years, I was to compare the electric model against some of its predecessors and the Electric appointed itself well. Taking it on a cruise the streets of San Francisco, the car was extremely and handled tight turns better than what I was The torque of electric vehicles is a well-known differentiator from petrol-powered counterparts, and the same was true here as well. The Electric has a zippy acceleration to it, and were the benefits of its electric felt more than on of San Francisco’s dramatically steep

Navigating them with a Focus involves a complex of emergency brake-yanking and gas pedal-smashing, but the handled everything in stride just the standard brake and gas nary a hint of hiccup or

That said, there some drawbacks. I definitely my fair share of bumps and as the car moved over the city and there were a few squeals the wheels likely due to that torque, but still disconcerting. was also a minor issue; the Focus Electric was dead when at a standstill, it wasn’t the electric or even hybrid been in, with the wheels noticeable noise when

Then again, the Focus has been the quietest vehicle on the floor, and the difference between the and its gasoline-powered brethren was striking.


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