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2012 Ford Focus Test Drive

Ford s machine is an all-electric Focus asks as much from its as it does from technology. The car well, but this much can be a hassle.

April 17, 2012 PM Text Size: A. A. A

On Sale . Late May in California, New York, and New An additional 16 markets will be to the mix by the end of 2012.


Price . $39,995 subtracting government rebates and a home charging station.

. Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Mitsubishi I-MIEV, sensible and bicycles.

Powertrains . AC electric 144 hp, 188 lb-ft; 23 kwh lithium-ion battery direct drive, FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (city/hwy) . mpg of 110/99

What s New . The five-door sheet metal is familiar, but everything else is new. The is all-electric with a two-piece and liquid-heated lithium-ion battery in the rear sending amperage to an electric motor powering the wheels. Ford rates the at 141 hp, but it s the delicious 188 lb-ft of torque no matter how fast it s spinning defines the driving experience.

Tidbit . The seats are made of plastic bottles, butterflies on the dashboard when there s juice available, and the battery fill with electrons in a quick 3 to 4 hours from a charger. Ford claims a of 76 miles from a single

Driving Character . Even it s full of zap juice, the electric has the equivalent energy of only 3 quarts of gas onboard and a range of 76 To compensate, Ford suggests the use advanced MyFord technology to trips and vehicle usage It means, for instance, using a timer to prewarm the car s interior the car is still in the garage hooked to the before heading out in the morning. It programming your destination so the car can how amperage is still available whether it s enough).

And it means the car is prompting the driver to go conservative on lay on the regenerative brakes efficiently, and abreast of the energy situation. the screens that display all information and tips are beautiful, all the details becomes a chore. is no happy-go-lucky fun machine, no matter how the graphics this car knows inattentive driving can result in an battery and stranded owner.

That noted, it s a sweet car to Yeah, the battery takes up too of the rear cargo area, you can t get a and the recycled-pop-bottle upholstery isn t plush, but it s for four or five. Like all motors, the one in the Focus delivers a quiet, consistent flow of that eliminates the need for a and produces seamless acceleration.

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The dyno-tuned seat of my pants a 0-to-60 time of just 10-seconds while Ford a top speed of 84 mph.

Favorite . It s freakishly quiet and the dashboard is entertaining.

Driver s Grievance . The range represents a breakthrough of but it s still not enough to drive Los Angeles to home in Santa on a single charge.

Bottom . All of Ford s current Focus are built the way Lincolns should be, how a Mustang ought to, and operate the precision of a LASIK surgeon. And of that changes with the of the five-door hatchback Focus to operation. This is the Focus you if you ve cashed in big on the Apple stock have a predictable commute, someplace where society is and generous in placing EV chargers, and you a passion for all things greenie.

But the transmutation does demand the driver pay rapt attention to the car at all and deal with the anxiety of that the car is frequently on the verge of its meager supply of electricity.

In to the range and recharging time that plague any modern EV, the EV s biggest challenge is simply how and affordable the other members of the family are. This version starts at $39,995, and after all the government bribery to buy it will still run in excess of Meanwhile the regular, gas-fueled sedan starts at $17,295, as well, will go over 400 on a 12.4-gallon tank of gas, and in less than 5 minutes.

Even fully loaded, it s to push a conventional Focus about $24,000.

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