Complete Car Test Drives Ford Focus Electric

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Ford Focus Electric

An version of the Ford Focus arrive here in January; we to Frankfurt to try it out.

When: 2013

Where: Frankfurt,

What: US-specification Ford Electric

Occasion: International drive

Overall rating:

The Ford Focus Electric shows that, while not beneficial, an electric car works when it was designed from the to be electric rather than a petrol or diesel platform to electric propulsion. The all-electric is conventional in looks and appeal but is too from both a practicality and point of view.

Rivals: LEAF, Renault Fluence ZE, e-Golf

CO 2 emissions: 0g/km A0, 120 per annum)

Range: 162 kilometres

Top 137km/h

0-100km/h: 9.5 seconds

Power: 142hp


In the Metal: 4/5

As this stage we are all with the shape and style of the Focus; it has been one of the top-selling in Ireland since the day it was launched and the shortest journey is not complete coming across at least one of the hatchbacks. To that end we must Ford for not tinkering with the of the basic car in designing the Focus Save for a front end revision and a of applicable badges the EV variant the same as the Focus parked on neighbour’s driveway.

While so ‘early adopters’ may have happy to take the wacky both exterior and interior, of electric cars, those who want to get from A to B efficiently do not need a car that screams, as Llewelyn — actor and car evangelist — so eloquently put it at me and my tofu eating, sandal electric car!

It is a similar story inside. for dials in the binnacle that more butterflies the more you drive it may as well be an automatic Same basic dashboard, seats, same switches for the windows.

It is familiar and if manufacturers are to more buyers onto familiarity this strategy certainly help.

The only clue that all is not as it seems, at visually, is a boot that is 130 smaller than that of a five-door Focus’ due to the positioning of the cooled lithium-ion batteries. but not exactly family friendly

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Driving it: 2/5

Prod the starter select ‘D’ on the gear and away you waft in silence. all electric vehicles the Focus delivers its torque instantaneously so it can up its skirt and move quickly. Top is limited to 137km/h as any higher deplete the battery in moments but we did run at speeds for ten minutes, losing 30 kilometres from our projected range — 10 of which regained by generative braking as we our way through Frankfurt city.

Ordinarily we would be cynical of quoted ranges but we suspect 160 is achievable, as long as you are not driving too

And frankly you are not encouraged to. Accelerate too (to merge with stream of on the motorway for example) and the single-speed spins wildly, creating a din not too to throwing cutlery into a blender. Then there is the of the batteries to contend with.

says the Focus platform was designed with alternative sources in mind, but the truth is the petrol and diesel models first and electric or hybrid so the platform has not been optimised. is evident with the batteries into the boot space, but in the way the car drives — it is rear and the centre of gravity feels too. The renowned Focus prowess is gone to be replaced by an drive. Not unsettled in the sense it feels dangerous, just

The ride is also harsh due to the added weight, meaning minor imperfection in the road is as either a crash, bang or in the cabin. Admittedly our test were American specification so may all change when the Focus arrives here.

What you get for Money: 2/5

The Ford Focus will arrive in dealer from January of next (just in time to take on the e-Golf) so prices and Irish are yet to be set. On the continent, where the car is on sale, prices start 39,900 so, factoring in VRT and a government a figure of circa 43,000 not seem too wide of the mark. BMW will charge the same for a electric city car that not seem too bad until you remember Nissan and Renault will you electric cars (albeit monthly battery leases in the case) for 20,000 less.

Believe it or not but Ford is the second electric/hybrid manufacturer in the world, Toyota. Over 270,000 power Fords are on the road with most of those in the US hybrids are the car of choice for the eco-conscious than diesel. It is for that reason that it has taken so for these cars to arrive on side of the world — efficiency has been so good.

with Euro 6 legislation set to diesel engines more and expensive the price gap looks set to

To some extents the Focus is favourite son so in theory it is the ideal car to up Ford’s electric future in but, range anxiety it is too compromised. The small boot it will not appeal to family and singletons in the market for an electric car are to be drawn to the propeller badge of the priced BMW i3. The ride, which was on smooth German city is likely to knock a tooth out at the sight of Irish roads, but of all the Focus Electric has lost its

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