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June 5, 2012

The Ford Electric will commence in the SF Bay Area within a week, and brought the Focus Electric to a electric car enthusiasts meeting to and give test rides.

careful, measured, and non-splashy to launching the Ford Focus is a sharp contrast to other like Nissan and GM. No ceremony’s the first customer deliveries of the Electric, no blaring press just a program of certifying as ready to handle electric and shipping cars to those Over the weekend Ford a pair of Focus Electric’s to the Gate Electric Vehicle meeting (GGEVA) in San Francisco to about the car, Ford’s strategy, and to give us a chance to it around the block.

The Ford Electric is simply an electric of the regular Focus. Ford the car on the same assembly line, and the company has an order for a Focus the line workers simply an electric drive train than gasoline. The implementation of is no doubt complex, but that’s one of core strategies, to give the manufacturing flexibility to offer drive trains on the same platform.

This means that the Electric is visually indistinguishable the gasoline driven Focus. is, except for the Electric badge on the end, the lack of tailpipe and

The test drive was simply a drive around downtown San city streets, so we were to take it up any of that city’s hills, or on the highway. That the car felt extremely stable, had great acceleration, and in every way is we’d expect from a manufacturer.

The passenger cabin is just one would expect from a automaker, a comfortable space accommodating 5 people. The Focus includes several standard that are extra features in the focus, including the Sync MyFordTouch system that is a thousand dollar option. A spec’d out gasoline Focus cost as much as $25k, similar features to the Focus

The Electric runs around after Federal tax rebate and for local incentives that can the price even lower.

The car is on via a button on the dashboard. The dashboard is a LCD screen, and upon turning the car on a notification box appears with an OK that makes one want to out and touch that button to the message. But the dashboard screen is not sensitive, and instead there is an OK on the steering wheel.

We’re in a new era of automobile design, and get accustomed to new interaction patterns our cars.

To get going, simply the transmission into drive (or to back up). Once in the car starts moving even if foot isn’t on the accelerator, is to simulate the creep mode of cars. The driving experience is quiet, though production of the Focus Electric will a noise maker to alert

Acceleration is very brisk, the test drive course allow us to fully test and acceleration. Braking behaves in an way, however. The car of course regenerative braking, however only kicks in when the brake pedal. Most cars turn on a mild of regenerative braking as soon as you your foot off the accelerator, in to simulate engine braking. The displays includes an indicator when regenerative braking is which only activates the brake pedal is pushed.

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Lifting your foot off the does result in some which may be simply normal action.

One side effect of the Focus Electric on the same line, is that the car is not explicitly as an electric. Where most cars put the battery pack the passenger cabin, the Focus 23 kilowatt-hour battery pack is in the trunk area, and takes up of the trunk space. Where the hatchback Focus has a 23.8 foot cargo area, the Electric has 14.5 cubic

The cargo area also a dedicated place to store the 120 line charger, in a nicely styrofoam thing with cut slots. While it was nicely this dedicated location is at the of the rear cargo area, one could easily become by all the, uh, stuff that to collect in a cargo area this.

Speaking of the 120 volt charging it doesn’t appear meant to be on a routine basis. The charging is a thin 16 gauge cable, a small plug. GM’s 120 charger also had a 16 gauge with small plug, and GM replaced all the chargers with sporting a beefier cable. Volt owners reported with the charging cord up.

We predict Ford will a similar replacement campaign in a few

The charging port is a nice To open the cover one pushes on a dimple, and the cover pops out of the The port includes a blue-lit around the outside that the charge level as the battery

A very nice touch, and over the external state of indicator on other electric

Ford representatives said Focus Electrics would rolling into the SF Bay Area in a or two. First deliveries are for California and New York, with selected states around the later in the year.

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