How far has the Ford Focus Electric come since the first one I test drove a few years ago!
The first time I sat behind the wheel of an electric Ford Focus, it was back in 2009 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The car was a prototype and showed signs of it. Originally jump started by Magna International, the electrification of the Focus matured over the years into a very fine electric vehicle, EV. It drove well but the little noises here and there meant there was a few more years of research.
The Drive. This is the winning part of this EV. Anyone driving it will like it. The Ford Focus drives a lot like the regular gasoline Focus. The onboard information center, the much touted MyFord Touch worked well as advertised giving all relevant information about battery state, when it could be charged, how long and how much energy it would take to get to your destination. You can read more about it with my last talk with Laura Burek. The car handled just like its gasoline counter part, yet it felt tighter and of course, quieter. This EV won’t make you uncomfortable coming form an automatic gas car. The EV had enough get up and go to move in and out of traffic. It felt at ease in Los Angeles traffic and highway driving, as far and fast as it can be done in this city, it felt equally at home.
Technically Speaking. The final version settled on an electric motor that gives it 141 hp or 105kW with 188 lb ft of torque. 76 miles can be reached on a full battery pack charge, three tiny little more miles than the Nissan, Leaf. The impressive 6.6 kWh onboard charger cuts down the 6 or more hour recharge process of a fully depleted battery pack down to a manageable 4 hours using a 240V outlet. The same process can be achieved overnight on 110V. The impressive part is that estimated range of over 110 miles if you feather foot it is squeezed out of a heated and cooled 23 kWh lithium ion battery pack manufactured by the Piston Automotive Group. All of this rest on a curb weight of 3,624 lbs.
Best In Class. The Ford Focus Electric is definitely best in its class. As every new EVs coming out will always dethrone the previous ones, the electric Focus takes away the crown from the long held Nissan Leaf. This 110 MPGe vehicle has a lot going for it. Concretely, the EPA is giving it a Miles per Gallon Equivalent, calculated on the basis that 1 gallon of gasoline = 33.7 kWh of 105 miles of combined driving, 110 in city conditions and 99 on highway. In kw-hrs/100 miles, which reflects EVs better, this equates to 32 of combined driving, 31 in city and 34 on highway.
While this EV weighs more than its direct competitor with a smaller battery, t still manages to get more performance. This is yet another testament of how Ford has outdone themselves and given people the Ford Focus Electric that won’t make you feel you have to learn a new way of driving all over.