Ford Focus Electric first drive review

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Ford Focus Electric drive review

Ben Griffin tests and reviews the Ford Electric to see how it compares with its and diesel-powered cousins.

Since its in 1998 the Ford Focus has incredibly popular all over the It’s also earned awards than we care to and deservedly so – it’s flippin’


Suffice to say, the petrol and models have more proven themselves, but what the all-electric Focus Electric? Can the five-door carry on the mantle its predecessors left off? We hit the to find out.

What’s the hood?

The electric battery and its associated systems add 350kg of compared to the petrol car.  electric cars are made on the production line as its fossil brethren, except they the bit where the engines are applied. the Focus Electric is powered by a lithium-ion battery that electrons to a 145PS (143bhp) motor that spins the via Ford’s bespoke Reduction

The electric battery pack and its gubbins add substantial weight with the petrol Focus (a technician mentioned an increase of but this is about as efficient as Focuses get. The Focus has zero tailpipe emissions and low costs.

How does the Focus Electric

Although it might seem bit of a fatty on paper, the Focus feels spritely up to about Though it might seem a bit of a fatty on paper, the Focus feels spritely up to about This is down to the 184lb/ft of torque, all available the moment you the go pedal, which lets you with a surprising amount of from standing.

As the speed performance does drop off substantially. However, getting to the top of 85mph seemed doable the decade. Not that you buy an electric car for performance, anyway.

For most situations the performance feels but it’s hard to escape the that, at cruising speeds of than 60mph, the Focus feels a tad out of its depth. It can provide poke to overtake at most speeds, but sticking to 70mph or really eats into the supply.

The car feels very light on its with responsive steering and hardly notice the extra in most situations. The suspension supportive enough to accommodate a of light hooning yet not so firm lumps and bumps become a

Simply lifting off the accelerator the regenerative braking system to slowing the car in the process. When the comes to brake, the Focus provides excellent stopping Like the C-Max Energi, you to be slightly careful with the press to avoid overly braking, as simply lifting off the causes the regenerative braking to engage, slowing the car in the process.

By far the aspect of the Focus Electric is the or rather, the lack of it. You’ll the hum of the tyres on tarmac and the whine of the can be heard when you pull but it’s an addictive sound we to a mini supercharger.

What is the of the Focus Electric?

Ford a driving range of 162km/h miles). That’s a far cry from of the (admittedly far pricier) Tesla S (265 miles) but it’s in with most electric such as the Nissan Leaf and the Zoe .

We covered around 27 miles in the Electric across dual and then into a congested centre and saw the battery deplete by 15 per 100 miles on a single charge is going to be a stretch, particularly if you any time at motorway speeds, but the on offer feels enough for trips around town the Focus Electric’s intended

How long does it take to

Plugged into a domestic of 240v (10amp), the Focus will take roughly 10 to 11 to recharge from empty. So if you get late and have to be up early, you not get the full 100 mile range. A 32amp charger can bring the time down to less four hours – if you can find

The Focus Electric can recuperate energy when braking. The car has two modes – D, which stands for – and L, which increases the aggressiveness of the braking system. We wouldn’t using it around town, as it the car down, but it’s worth when going down as it tops up the battery that bit more aggressively.

What’s it like inside?

the Fusion Hybrid and the C-Max the Focus Electric is almost to the diesel and petrol versions. means headroom is plentiful and leg for passengers in the back is generous especially given that the theoretical journey you will be to do is 100 miles.

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The interior is sensibly out and stylish – as long as you don’t cloth and plastic everywhere. If ever driven a Focus (or if you haven’t) you’ll be able to use of the car’s major functions having to bust out the manual.

The Electric’s instrument display may a few minutes to adjust to, as it presents a lot of information. It shows the car’s driving range as well as how miles of range you’ve by driving too aggressively, which encourage sensible motoring.

also a scoring system awards butterflies for eco-efficient although we didn’t manage to get any driving at normal speeds. have to drive at glacial and risk annoying quite a few if you’re intent on collecting insects.

How practical is the Focus Electric?

are plenty of cubby holes for and ends and two centrally-located cup holders for your morning coffee or The rear pockets are a bit on the small but those in the front are of a generous

However the boot is woefully The lithium-ion battery takes up a lot of space, making it hard to anything but a family of Borrowers able to fit all their luggage in. You argue the small boot a deal-breaker as this is very a city car, but it might take an Ikea trip or a to the airport to make you wish you had a that ran on ground up dinosaur instead of electrons.

Pricing and

The Ford Focus Electric is not cheap. At £33,500, this is a car for someone on the breadline, even the £5,000 government grant. Ford and other manufacturers a long way to go before electric can become a mainstream purchase.

It will go on sale in 2014.

The Ford Focus Electric is a car in its own right and is ideal for drivers travel relatively short around city streets. It may not offer the versatility of a diesel or Focus, but it does offer one of the electric vehicle driving around.

That said, the price is high compared a 2013 Nissan Leaf. promises more range, a top speed, similar acceleration and an boot you can use for £20,990.

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