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Ford Focus Electric

The Focus Electric as its name is Ford’s first full all-electric vehicle. Up until it was slim pickings for EV adopters, the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i the real option south of That’s no longer the case.

has been very keen to its EV chops with a sophisticated EV eschews more eccentric found on the Nissan Leaf and i, and instead dons the sleek of the third-generation Focus.

We recently into the Focus Electric to out whether this incognito EV is style than substance, or if it has the to electrocute the competition.

A cozy

The Focus Electric’s is just as on inside as it is on the outside. Material is top-notch with an aggressively dash. And the “Starship Enterprise” center console will drivers barking commands to like a modern day Picard.

bucket seats (partially from recycled materials plastic bottles) come although leather interior can be had for

A few design choices ding the layout, as do the omission of a few creature The interior is dramatic, but taller will dislike the way the dash too closely, swallowing up more that it should. The touchscreen is a little too much, making it to reach while driving.

Up there are no adjustable power options for passenger and driver – both are heated which is a addition.

In the back, the Focus is moderately spacious, and despite the that Ford says it fit three people in the rear two is much more realistic.

head and shoulder room is leg room is a little less Due to the Focus’ large electric components located at the rear of the cargo room suffers, only 14.5 cubic on offer – a far cry from the 23.8 available in the standard Focus A hidden compartment underneath 1.5 cb.ft of space.

MyFord (don t) Touch

of the attention surrounding the Focus will center on its battery-based However, Ford’s EV-in-disguise is quite the tech suite on the too. At the heart of it all is the latest of MyFordTouch, which serves as the hub for all the audio functions, climate Bluetooth phone connectivity, and features.

The Focus Electric with Sony’s premium sound system (one of the we’ve listened to at this point) HD Radio, SiriusXM, and a CD player. More contemporary options include two USB ports in the center console for iPod/smartphone and Bluetooth wireless audio

On paper it all sounds great, but system has been poorly for some time now. And the Blue Oval’s attempts at MyFord Touch with it’s still as sluggish as While the onboard electronics are behind pretty color-coded LED displays and some smart choices (gotta love two USB ports in the center console), of the onboard tech features are and downright frustrating.

Let’s with something as simple as pairing. In most vehicles, one simply activate Bluetooth on phone and find the corresponding option in the head unit. The EV is no different in this regard and lets you pair your while the vehicle is moving (a

The problem here is that required to enter a complex of numbers whenever pairing a new While we don’t (necessarily) inputting a simple string, as 0000, inputting a complex such as 0746 is silly, not to distracting while driving.

But it end there: Streaming audio and hands-free calling is a chore, and inadequately during our week-long We suffered frequent dropped in areas of maximum reception. music from apps Pandora/Spotifycaused the phone to lose its connection when changing

And the music stored locally on our didn’t fare any better, connection when changing through voice, touchscreen, and on the itself.

Physically cabling our and streaming music locally to work better, but with Touch, the system performing any hiccups was always the exception not the

Other frustrations include an touchscreen, small icons frustrating when using the nav and a convoluted menu array despite being broken up easily distinguishable color requires a steep learning (and the patience of saint) to

It’s not all doom and gloom voice recognition is surprisingly Placing calls is easy as the contacts name, and the system can read incoming text aloud, which you can then a response to or simply ignore. A “do not disturb” icon on the touchscreen lets you turn this off entirely.

MyFord Touch makes it easy to find the charging station, which help alleviate range for those driving around

Like other Ford the Focus Electric offers which gives you voice over certain compatible This list is constantly with Pandora, USA today, and The Street Journal among of the more notable ones.

out the Focus Electric’s tech is a rearview camera with lines and multiple sensors at the rear bumper. Approach an and an audible warning will more rapidly the closer you

An EV in disguise

Not everyone appreciates the (but aerodynamically necessary) of today’s EVs. The Nissan and Mitsubishi i are prime examples of there” electrics, however, has taken a more subtle and based its car on the remarkably attractive Focus.

The Focus Electric for the ostentatious EV adopter, and if you’re for a car to make a statement, this one for you. Apart from the Martin-like front grille, badging on the doors/rear end, of a tailpipe, and a charging port on the left fender, you’ll trouble telling a gasoline-powered from its electron-guzzling counterpart.

Miles and math

Forgoing altogether, the Focus Electric is by a 23-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery Power is sent to the front via a 107-kilowatt (143-horsepower) electric and mated to a single-speed direct-drive For comparison, the Focus Electric’s competitor, the Nissan Leaf, has an motor and a 24kWh battery similar front-wheel drive

However, because the Focus a liquid-cooled battery packed, to the air-cooled variety found in the drivers should find it resilient in extreme temperatures, has plagued Leaf owners in like Arizona.

EPA figures the Focus’ range at 76 miles and 105 While those figures blow away the Leaf’s 73 range and 99 MPGe EPA rating, the Electric is the clear winner Of course MPGe can be a tricky to understand, but it’s essentially the an EV can travel based on the amount of in a single gallon of gas.

For info, click here for our write-up explaining MPGe.

like to point out though these figures are based on the model year Leaf, and expects these numbers to for 2013 with a number of made to improve aerodynamics, efficient onboard electronics control being one of them), braking, and a reduced drag Official EPA figures have yet to for the 2013 Leaf but we’ll l this when it does.

The Electric can be a little intimidating at especially if you ve never inside an EV. David Treharne, leader of electrification systems and told us that the car actually how you drive. It can average your vehicle mileage and driving and then spits out range based on the data collected by its computers.

Sadly, the way the range is and the multitude of numbers (positives and thrown your way can make it like you re front and center in an old calculus class, rather you are behind the wheel of an electron-powered – thankfully there was no pop-quiz at the end of our

Using a 240-volt, Level 2 station will zap you back the road in about four

As it turns out, though, the Electric does a good job of you into being a more driver. There is a helpful braking feature than can add a few to your range, and the brake shows you a percentage after complete stop of how much you ve recaptured.

Unlike gasoline which thrive in open-road EVs are at their most efficient in the and around the suburbs. Driving on the will drastically reduce especially when factoring in features like climate (a huge drain) and other electrics such as navigation, Bluetooth streaming, etc.

And is a concern, which is one of the reasons why have been so slow to EVs. With a gasoline-powered car you jump in and go. But the Focus Electric, all EVs, save for maybe the Model S, requires that you ahead; to know where you are and what the context of that will be.

Many drivers find this compromise too to bear, especially in colder where something as banal as your windows can mean the between making your and running out of juice.

We tried our range by forgoing such but on some mornings we simply had no Of course, range anxiety is of an issue if you have access to a in your home or place of However, not everyone will these available.

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To be fair, t just a problem for the Focus but EVs as a whole, which further their mass appeal and Fast charging speeds and a infrastructure just aren t yet.


Charging is one of the things the EV does do well. Drivers can set up schedules for off-peak hours. a 240-volt, Level 2 charging will zap you back onto the in about four hours, a more primitive 120-volt will take roughly 20

The Focus Electric does not a 30-minute DC quick charge, so types have been

You ve put on weight

Off the line the Focus isn’t as pleasurable to pilot as it be. Because there are no gear the car delivers instant torque off the bat. The problem here, is Ford engineers seem to purposely programmed take-off to be less responsive than the car is actually capable of.

We imagine was done to conserve battery but it’s disappointing to say the least one of the true joys of EV driving has stripped down so noticeably.

The zest that remains is felt at low speeds, and once in say on the freeway the Focus loses a lot of its Drivers need not worry as it s more than capable of lane changes and freeway

The car’s onboard battery and don’t do it any favors when it to handling, and is one of the areas we think the Leaf bests its battery-powered Because the Focus Electric is identical to the standard Focus, engineers had no choice but to stuff its where they fit, much of the Focus’ added (it weighs a total of 3,624 lbs and is 700 lbs than the gasoline version) is out to the corners, which in turn the vehicle s handling chops. So Focus Electric drivers may fly the radar, the tradeoff is a car that is a less efficient with handling.

Finish line

the Focus Electric is as polarizing as the that pushes it.

On the one hand we have a very and comfortable incognito EV that stand out at a stoplight but still its part in saving the environment. On the we have a heavy car that doesn as well as we’d like and an excruciatingly buggy infotainment courtesy of MyFord Touch. Top off with a $39,995 (buyers may be eligible for a $7,500 Federal tax sticker price for a car that can less than 100 miles on a charge and limited availability, and customers have a lot to think

At this point, it’s that driving an EV isn’t near the level of convenience it to be for mass adoption, nor is the technology at the where it can replace ICE cars. will drive early are the enviro/political factors more than else, and it is for those two reasons we the Focus Electric.

However, if you a little more versatility your vehicle but still a taste of EV technology, we recommend you go the hybrid route instead and a look at the Chevrolet Volt .

Slightly better range the Nissan Leaf

Exterior scream electric

Nicely cabin with lots of up front


Sticker will scare all but the most early adopters

Limited space

Added battery make for some sleepy

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