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Ford Focus Electric has plenty of power

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Silent, torquey and strong, the Focus Electric launches from a standstill at Ford’s proving ground. The Blue Oval’s latest green machine serves up plenty of juice, and that’s evident from the second you hit the throttle.

But power is not the point of the 2012 Focus Electric, which is launching with a staggered rollout this year across the country. Efficiency is the key selling point of this thing, and it gets 110 mpg-e in the city, 99 mpg-e on the highway and a combined tally of 105 mpg-e. Miles-per-gallon equivalent is the EPA’s method of calculating the economy of electric cars.

Complicated? Yes, but in simple terms, Ford claims you could stretch the range to 100 miles on a single charge if you light-foot it.


That’s an intriguing figure for a mainstream car. But here’s the catch: It costs $39,995, including destination charges. That’s Taurus SHO territory.

But Ford is quick to point out that there is up to $10,000 in tax credits available for Focus Electric buyers, and this car comes reasonably well equipped, with only leather seats and premium paint as options to pad the sticker.

Making 143 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque to move a 3,624-pound rig is plenty adequate. It’s not what one would call brisk acceleration, but it can take off thanks to the torque. The permanent magnetic-electric traction engine works with a single-speed automatic transmission and a 23-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.

The front-wheel-drive chassis runs on 17-inch wheels and has electric power steering.

The regenerative brakes can capture 95 percent of energy normally lost, and that’s felt from the driver’s seat with the heavy stopping power. It’s a common sensation for electric cars somewhat similar to braking in the BMW ActiveE and will take some getting used to. Still, it’s not a disruption.

Otherwise, the Focus Electric looks like its internal-combustion-engine brethren, save for a sharp grille that appears to be stolen from an Aston Martin. Our tester handled curves and bends well, remaining reasonably composed and buttoned-down. It’s a good-looking car, and it drives smartly.

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Range anxiety? Don’t sweat it. This is a bit of a niche product, but with the tax credits it becomes rather reasonable. Perhaps Ford should be nervous that it’s not making enough of the cars.

2012 Ford Focus Electric

ON SALE: Now

BASE PRICE: $39,995

DRIVETRAIN: 143-hp, 184-lb-ft permanent magnetic-electric traction engine; FWD, single-speed automatic

CURB WEIGHT: 3,624 lb

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