Ford Focus Electric is not like the Volt KING5 com Seattle

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Ford Focus Electric is not the Volt

Posted on 1, 2012 at 11:41 AM

The Ford is a pretty popular vehicle. In the five months of 2012 been a three-way popularity between it, Corolla and Civic. a thunk that could three years ago?

hopes the newest version, the Electric charges up sales The Electric is not like Chevy’s The Ford’s gas engine has been and replaced with a 143 horsepower motor.

This Focus is battery powered.

Know Focus Electric is arriving at you Ford stores right now if you in California, New York or New Jersey. The of the country will have to for a little while. Washington and will see them in the summer of

The purchase of an electric car requires a more thought than a gas powered car because of higher purchase cost, limited and unfamiliarity to most buyers. At a “get aquatinted” presentation put on by in Seattle, Mike Tinskey, the Director of Vehicle Electrification at walked a group of media, officials and electric car enthusiasts the unique attributes of the Focus

The FE is remarkably normal to drive. will only suspect different from the standard because of the lack of sound. But I get further into driving here are the questions most want answered-

What’s the range? The official EPA says 76 miles but Mr. Tinskey that by being aware of dynamics, they’ve managed up to

Like all electric cars, an throttle foot, hills, speed, cold temperatures, and the use of accessories like the sound climate control and lights a difference.

Charge time? has an advantage here. Because of larger on-board AC to DC power the Electric can go from fully to fully charged in just three hours using 220 the kind your drier

That’s over twice as as Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i. 110 current it’s 19 hours.

The charge rate makes it to get more miles out of a “top at public charge stations. up while grocery shopping for an and there’s 25 miles of additional (vs. 12 or so with Leaf and i).

has teamed up with Best Geek Squad to provide installation of the home charger for a $1,495. Especially troublesome will cost more.

The for a full charge? In Seattle power is largely generated Mike Tinskey says it cost a bit more than one That’s right, a buck, a a single Washington.

Not too shabby for 75 miles of driving.

Other parts of the country higher rates but it’s the Focus Electric’s quick ability pays off. In with off-peak power the Electric can be programmed to charge during low cost hours. if that window is four it can fully charge on the cheap.

A app allows owners to remotely or cool the cabin while the car is in, which extends range.

Ford Focus Electric at 40 grand. That immediately to $32,500 because of a $7,500 tax credit. Some states further incentives. Base are loaded with dual-zone climate, keyless ignition, sat heated seats, back up and much more.

The only is leather chairs. Sorry, no available.

The interior is tastefully with high quality (many of which are made renewable materials).

Is it financially A loaded gas powered Focus can run up 28K so there’s a $5,000 premium for the Ford estimates annual costs should be $500 since there are no oil or transmission changes.

Brake pads much longer because times pushing on the pedal activates the motor generator to the battery. It takes significant to engage the standard hydraulic

With fewer moving and the elimination of hundreds of thousands of explosions inside an engine the Focus Electric should be more reliable than automobiles. Factoring in lower costs, basic elementary math suggests a break-even of six to nine years. A lot depends on driven.

You Look Familiar

Inside and out Electric looks remarkably to the gas-drinking model. The biggest is the grille that’s also it’s way to upcoming models the 2012 Fusion and C-Max. If looking to make a dramatic eco statement, this isn’t car.

Only car geeks and readers will recognize running on batteries.

Pop the hood and it too pretty much normal. are brake fluid and coolant because the battery pack is cooled. Under the plastic there’s a 143 horsepower electric with 184 lb-ft of torque.

The lever is a carryover from the gas but there’s really no gearbox, Electric is a single speed To back up, the motor reverses The 23 kilowatt-hours capacity lithium-ion is in the back.

A Plus? A Minus?

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And the is the Focus Electric’s Achilles’ It dominates what would be the hold in a civilian Focus, up a lot of space. By building FE on the existing it reduced Ford’s development and allows them to assemble it on the line as the standard Focus. way they can build to match

The minus of course is the cargo is not nearly as useful as the Nissan

There’s some extra under a flap near the of the trunk and below that is storage for the tire repair kit and charging cord (there is no Small legs drop the flap to even up the load plus the back seats and fold to make the Electric a more useful.

The back space is the same as a regular meaning legroom is okay but not generous. Passengers get comfortable a folding armrest, a power dual seat pockets and cubbies near the seats. In four average adults be fine in a Focus, gas or electric.

I a very brief time the Focus Electric but enough to get initial perceptions. There is of no sound on start up. Not much the car is in motion either.

FE is very and with loads of low-end it accelerates briskly in urban

I got nowhere near a highway so not even going to guess at a time. Like the gas-powered the Electric feels substantial and Top speed is 84 miles an hour.

A scores efficient braking and Tinskey says this makes a more efficient out of everyone that gets the wheel. Drive carefully and get a cluster of butterflies in the readout by the I managed just one butterfly and it flew off in disgust due to my lead

There are some interesting touches besides the Microsoft system and improved second MyFord Touch interface. a destination into the integrated nav and it signals a driver to conjure up butterflies if the battery range is on the side. And each smart key track of the driving style of the making those calculations accurate.

Plug the charger the standardized port and a lighted divided into quadrants a visual of the battery charge Handy to know at a public station since the polite at Ford believe etiquette evolve at public charge If it’s clear a car has a full someone who needs some range can unplug it guilt

Worried About Battery

Ford isn’t. The pack has a warranty. They’ve been hybrids for years now and monitoring the in taxi fleets, they’ve them to be much like new significant use.

Their is that after 10-12 of normal use, the battery still have 80 percent of its capacity. Ford says the pack is integral to the car and, like a gas engine, is not easily The thinking is after a dozen you’ll be tired of the car and will it to a college student who just a reliable runabout for city just like any other car.

While there was a flurry of when Leaf and Volt first introduced, sales of cars have cooled It’s very possible mainstream buyers are put off by the higher price tag and/or limited range.

By building the Focus on the same line as the conventional Ford has wisely hedged its Making the Focus Electric’s time twice as fast some appeal to it. But the strongest might not be from Leaf, or i, but Ford itself. Later year, they’ll introduce the Fusion and C-Max, which are hybrids.

If priced right, be awfully enticing to fuel fans. Stay tuned. are moving pretty fast days.

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