Ford Focus Electric

Base MSRP: From $29,120
Destination Charge: $875
Tax Credit: up to $7,500

EPA Range: 100 miles, pure electric
Battery: 33.5 kWh lithium-ion
Cost to Charge (US average $0.1315/kWh*): $4.41
Estimated Gas Equivalent Cost**:
$14.93
(Light Duty, 22 mpg at US average $2.857/g)
Charging Acceptance Rate: 6.6 kW

Reviews of the Ford Focus Electric

Overview

Performance: 107-kilowatt electric motor, 143 horsepower
Mileage estimate: 96-100 MPGe

Price estimate: $29,120

Warranty: 3 years / 36,000 miles
Drivetrain warranty: 5 years / 60,000 miles
Roadside assistance: 5 years/ 60,000 miles
Corrosion warranty: 5 years / unlimited miles

2018 Ford Focus

Into

The Focus Electric is only sold in select states from certified Ford dealers. It comes solely as a hatchback – there is no EV version of the Focus sedan. It’s an affordable compact car that starts at around $30,100, yet incentives can potentially lower that price considerably. The Focus qualifies for a $7,500 federal income-tax credit and the California rebate is $2,500.

Aside from price, another reason the Focus EV should be a temping buy is its range works solely off its battery, a fairly impressive 100 miles (depending on driving habits) before the car requires a charge. Although that figure doesn’t compare to the Chevy Bolt (238) or the Nissan Leaf (151), getting around 100 miles on a single charge can workout quite well for someone who has a relatively short work commute. The EPA estimates the Focus EV has a combined fuel-economy rating of 96-107 mpge.

Charging

The Focus employs a lithium-ion battery pack that possesses 34 kilowatt-hours of energy. Fully charging the battery at home, or in public, with a Level 2, 240V EV charging station typically takes between 5-6 hours. Ford also offers an optional quick-charging port (DC charging) that takes an empty battery to roughly 80 percent in less than 30 minutes.

Vehicle Power and Speed

The Focus EV, which uses the same body as the gasoline-powered Focus, has a 107-kilowatt electric motor that produces 143 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Ford states that the vehicle will top out at 84 mph. Although the Focus EV is not the quickest compact around, it does go 0-60 mph in 9.9 seconds.

Performance

Car buyers will love how the Focus EV travels in a very smooth and quiet fashion. Like the regular Focus, the electric model has fairly good command of the road, providing solid handling, precise steering and is fun to drive. Although the regenerative braking system (slows down the vehicle when the foot is taken off the accelerator while capturing energy for re-use) takes a while to grow accustomed to, the benefits far outweigh the initial inconvenience.

Interior Space

The Focus has a fairly upscale cabin for the class, featuring good quality materials and a smart overall layout. For front seat occupants, the seating is comfortable with solid leg and head room, while the backseat room is not as generous. Ford discontinued the MyFord Touch system, a source of constant frustration for buyers of previous Focus models. The Synch 3 touchscreen responds quicker and is easier to operate.

We love the Focus EV’s remote auto start button on the key fob. It also features eco-fabric seat covers and voice-activated navigation. What’s not so cool regarding the interior is a large hump in the cargo area that limits storage to 14.6 cubic-feet.

Conclusion

Despite its presence for the past seven years, the Ford Focus Electric vehicle (EV) surprisingly lacks any new innovation or increase in sales. To put it bluntly, Ford is far behind other more popular EV models like the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Chevy Bolt or Prius Prime because it seemingly doesn’t care. In 2017, while the Focus sales were approximately 2,000, while the Prius, Volt and Bolt all exceeded the 20,000 mark. Ford made essentially no changes to the 2018 Ford Focus Electric and it’s available in only one trim model.

In the face of  Ford’s reluctance to promote the Focus Electric, it remains a fairly good buy. It has an affordable sticker price, delivers good overall distance and provides a solid, comfortable ride.

–  J.W.

Interested in Ford PHEV options? Check out the Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Escape PHEV or the Ford Fusion Energi here!

For more manufacturer details on this vehicle visit: www.ford.com

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Recommended Power Level of Charging Station for Ford Focus = 32A

Vehicle Acceptance rate: 6.6kW

The EVoCharge, Schneider Electric EVlink, and the ClipperCreek HCS-40 are a few suitable EV charging stations for the Ford Focus Electric.

Reviews of the 2017 Ford Focus Electric

Although this may not be the most identifiable car in the Ford line of vehicles, the Focus has given the venerable American automaker plenty of notoriety and a bundle of cash since its U.S. debut in 1999.

Not many people are probably aware, but the Focus has been among the top-selling cars in the world and held the top spot in 2013. Aiding sales is the Focus is available on practically every continent. Chalk one up to Ford for globalizing the compact car, which these days can be purchased as a four-door sedan, hatchback or electric model.

The Focus electric vehicle (EV) is available in all 50 states – but only as a hatchback. It’s an affordable compact car that starts at around $30,100, yet incentives can potentially lower the sticker price by thousands of dollars.

What makes the Focus EV a temping buy is its range working solely off its battery, an impressive 76 to 115 miles (depending on driving habits) before the car needs a charge. The EPA estimates the Focus EV has a combined fuel-economy rating of 99-110 mpg. For folks with a relatively short commute to work or using the car for around-town errands, the Focus EV can go days without requiring a recharge.

Industry experts say the Ford EV can be recharged in four hours (Ford estimates slightly less time) from a 240-volt power source or 20 hours using a standard 120-volt circuitry from home. Savvy Focus EV owners can monitor the charging state with smartphone integration.

The Focus EV has a synchronized electric motor/generator, a 107-kilowatt (kW) that features a 23 kilowatt-hour (kWh), liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack that produces 143 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The folks at Ford say the vehicle will top out at 84 mph. Although the Focus EV is not the quickest compact around, it does go 0-60 mph in 9.9 seconds. Like the gas-modeled Focus, the EV model provides a smooth and quiet ride.

We love the Focus EV’s remote auto start button on the key fob. It also features eco-fabric seat covers and voice-activated navigation. What’s not so cool regarding the interior is a large hump in the cargo area that limits storage. There is a false floor with a space that can store a few grocery bags.

All Focus models have a fairly upscale cabin for the class, featuring good quality materials and a smart overall layout. For front seat occupants, the seating is comfortable with solid leg and head room, while the backseat room is not as generous. Cargo space is 13.2 cubic feet in the sedan and 23.8 cubic feet in the hatchback.

Ford discontinued the MyFord Touch system, a source off constant frustration for buyers of previous Focus models. The Synch 3 touchscreen responds quicker and is easier to operate.

There have been several changes since Ford provided its last significant redesign in 2012. Two recent modifications of significance are adding the Sync 3 technology interface and debuting the 1.0-liter, Ecoboost turbocharged engine.

The turbocharged engine is a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder that generates 123 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. One downside to the turbocharged model is it’s not paired with an automatic transmission. Some folks won’t care for shifting gears in six-speed manual mode. But note there are three other engine choices.

There are many reasons to consider purchasing a Ford Focus EV or any Focus model. The Focus has an attractive exterior look, provides solid performance for a compact, handles well, features a smart interior, is terrific on mileage rating, and can be purchased at a reasonable price.

— J.W.

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