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Ford Focus Electric first drive Review Autocar

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Ford Focus Electric drive review

What is it?

first-ever all-electric, series-production a five-door Focus hatchback solely by a lithum-ion battery and AC electric motor. On sale now for towards the end of the year, the Focus seats five and is claimed to a range of 100 miles and a top speed of although not both at the same

The 23kWhr liquid–cooled battery is to be capable of being charged in hours from a standard UK domestic socket, while a charger operating at 32amp can the empty battery in ‘three to hours’.

Priced from which drops to £28,580 the government’s plug-in car grant is the Focus Electric is considerably expensive than a Renault ZE. which lists at £21,495, to £17,495 by the grant and a Nissan which starts from

Although drivers of the Renault have to factor in the cost of the battery, which can add up to £138 a on a 15k mile/year, 12-month contract, battery rental on the Nissan out to £113 a month if you do 12k miles a

What is it like?

The Focus is one of our hatchbacks and the Electric version all the dynamic appeal of the conventionally versions, which means weighted steering and a composed with a fine balance ride and agility.

The ride is most likely by the hefty kerb weight of 415kg more than a 2.0 which gives the suspension a solid base from to absorb bumps.

What we evaluate was the effect on cornering and braking stability of much of weight being concentrated the rear axle, where the pack is located. Although a last year suggests the on-limit characteristics might be a less predictable than the Focus.

Like its rivals the Electric’s powerpack is smooth and In fact in conventionally powered you’d have to pay north of and step into luxury territory to experience cabin like this.

At speed the dominant cabin is tyre rumble and a little noise from the wing but both are limited to an unobtrusive hum.

At some speeds also a faint but pleasing from the engine bay that, in if not volume, is akin to a Cold War jet taxiing.


The powertrain also a surprising turn of speed at speeds, broadly comparable to a diesel, but it runs out of shove 60mph and starts to feel in the high speed cruise.

The steering wheel also a little on acceleration, a trait we on when we first tasted the Electric about a year

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But the undeniable truth about cars is that their power delivery is fun to experience, if the limitations of the battery pack the opportunity to exploit it often.

The of course occupies a significant of the luggage area, which everyday carrying capacity to 237 126 litres fewer than a Focus, but still a usable for everyday use.

Should I buy

Thanks to its excellent driving the Focus Electric takes its as the most sophisticated driver’s car in the

But given the rather optimistic it would be a very, very driver who ignored the vastly opposition, particularly since the of an EV is urban pottering about.

isn’t too bothered about because the bulk of deliveries be absorbed into fleet where the list price is part of the deal equation.

If lucky enough to get behind the of a Focus Electric as part of one of deals, then it’s a new electric car to be enjoyed and savoured.

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Price 0-62mph 11.7secs; Top speed Kerbweight 1700kg; Motor and 143bhp AC motor and 23kwh battery pack; Power Torque 184lb ft; Gearbox box with ratio of 10:1

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