By on June 17, 2016

2016 Ford Focus EV Front 3/4, Image: © 2016 Jeff Voth/The Truth About Cars

2016 Ford Focus EV

107 kW permanent magnet electric traction motor (143 horsepower, 184 lbs-ft of torque)

One-speed automatic, front-wheel drive

110 city / 99 highway / 104.5 combined (EPA Rating, MPGe)

Base Price: $30,045 (U.S.) / $33,699 (Canada)

As Tested: $31,940 (U.S.) / $35,249 (Canada)

All prices include $875 destination charge in the United States and $1,700 freight fee, PDI fee, and A/C tax in Canada.

The debate about the relative merits of electric vehicles is certain to be ongoing for years to come. For some, it represents the new frontier in automotive engineering and design. Electric powered vehicles for the masses; no more oil taken from the ground and clean air for all. It’s an interesting concept, but I am not fully convinced at this time in history to throw all my gasoline-powered chips in that pile and call.

Companies such as Tesla have made significant waves in the industry and I do think they’ll continue to experience success going forward. In my opinion, Elon Musk is a true automotive pioneer in the same vein as Karl Benz and Henry Ford. I don’t dispute the idea of EV’s for all; I just see a balance between gasoline, diesel, electric and possibly hydrogen-powered vehicles as a better alternative; at least for now.

It appears Ford is hedging its bets on this combination as well. I recently had the chance to test drive the 2016 Ford Focus EV for a week. In short, I was very impressed for the most part. It was comfortable, quick to accelerate, looks un-EV-like and turned a surprising number of heads, which to me is always a good thing.

But is it a car I would buy? On that question, I am keeping my cards to close to my chest.

2016 Ford Focus EV Side, Image: © 2016 Jeff Voth/The Truth About Cars

Exterior

The emphasis in this case is to look as much like the other Focus models, while offering enough differences to get consumers thinking about driving an EV. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, but doesn’t sound anything like a duck, can it still be considered a duck? In this case, I say the answer is yes.

The Focus is egg-shaped, with clean rounded lines, a significantly sloped front windshield and side windows that start out large at the front, then quickly shrink in size to tiny triangular portholes at the rear. One obvious difference is the plug receptacle up front on the driver’s side, while the non-electric Focus features a fuel-filler cap at the rear on the passenger side. Whereas the upcoming Focus RS looks racy and in-your-face, the Focus EV appears refined, aerodynamically efficient and quietly unassuming.

2016 Ford Focus EV Front, Image: © 2016 Jeff Voth/The Truth About Cars

An exclusive black and chrome grille and color-keyed door handles help distinguish the look. HID automatic headlights that track the road ahead as you turn are standard. So too are a rear roof spoiler and rear wiper. One feature I like in particular is the LED external charge port ring. It lights up blue as you plug in, completing the circle once the vehicle is fully charged. Stylish 17-inch aluminum wheels add an extra touch of class.

2016 Ford Focus EV Interior, Image: © 2016 Jeff Voth/The Truth About Cars

Interior

Inside, seating is designed for four to five adults, though I would not want to sit in the back for too long if I were truly adult-sized. Legroom is at a premium in the Focus EV and squashing three bodies into its rear space for any time longer than a short commute is very uncomfortable.

Eco-conscious cloth seating made of soy-based bio-foam is standard on the Focus EV. My test vehicle has the optional leather seating package, which adds elegance to the stylish interior and sounds much more appealing than a soy derivative.

2016 Ford Focus EV Rear Seats, Image: © 2016 Jeff Voth/The Truth About Cars

A four-spoke steering wheel highlights brushed metal accents to go along with similar appliques on the dash, door handles and gearshift knob. Dual-zone automatic climate control, an excellent Sony audio system with Sync 3 and navigation are standard on the Focus EV.

The good news is the Focus EV has rear storage. The bad news there isn’t much in the way of space with the battery and charging cord taking up prime real estate. When it’s just the two of you, or three at the most, this is still a hatchback and the seats can be folded for added room. But with a full load, forget about bringing anything along other than one or two bags, a set of clubs or a few bags of groceries. This is a vehicle meant to be driven around town and not designed for the weekend getaway.

2016 Ford Focus EV Rear View Camera, Image: © 2016 Jeff Voth/The Truth About Cars

Technology

You would expect an electric vehicle to offer a host of electronic goodies inside and the Focus EV does not disappoint.

The Smart Gauge with eco assist is not only easy to read, but can actually provide a little entertainment as you try to achieve maximum EV driving results. As your economy improves, more butterflies show up on the right side of the instrument cluster. Get it right and a full kaleidoscope of blue Lepidoptera will flutter past on-screen. Should you prefer a different look, both 4.2-inch color LCD displays are driver configurable.

Remote start and remote cabin preconditioning are standard. Charging your smartphone or other accessory is easily tackled with two USB ports. Charging the vehicle is just as easy. Ford states a full charge using 240 volts requires 3.6 hours while standard household charging at 120 volts requires up to 20 hours. In my tests, I was able to achieve a full charge in 12 hours using a standard 120 volt outlet.

2016 Ford Focus EV Electric Motor, Image: © 2016 Jeff Voth/The Truth About Cars

Drivetrain

A 107 kW permanent magnet electric traction motor is powered by a 23 kW liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery. Matched to a one-speed automatic transmission, it delivers 143 horsepower that drives the front wheels. Acceleration is quick enough, but not blindingly fast. Zero to 60 arrives in 9.9 seconds, but it feels faster in real-world driving conditions. Lag is non-existent; hit the “gas” pedal with your right foot and go!

Top speed is limited to 86 mph with a maximum driving range of 76 miles. Over the course of a week and with outside temperatures ranging in the mid-to-upper 60s, the best I was able to achieve was 68 miles on a full charge. This required me to drive at highway speeds of 50-55 miles per hour and re-generate power with the brakes at every opportunity. EPA-estimated MPGe rates the Focus EV at 110 city/99 hwy.

As a city car, the 2016 Ford Focus EV is excellent. With a longer range expected next year, the 2017 model makes it possible to drive on the highway a little more often. For those living in an urban setting who would prefer never having to drive into a gas station again, this could be your next car. If, however, you commute distances longer than 50 miles back and forth to work, sitting rush hour traffic on a daily basis, you will need to learn how to live with a little range anxiety.

2016 Ford Focus EV Plug, Image: © 2016 Jeff Voth/The Truth About Cars

Pricing

The 2016 Ford Focus EV’s pricing starts at $29,170. Our test vehicle was equipped with the optional leather seating for an additional $995 and featured White Platinum paint for $595 on top of that. Ford also equipped our test Focus with the exterior protection package at $245 and Charge Port Door Graphics at $60 for a total MSRP of $31,940.

Depending on where you live, you can expect to pay considerably less as tax credits on EV vehicles are all the rage. For example, living in California would allow you to qualify for a tax credit of $9,750, reducing your MSRP to $22,190. This compares favorably with the Nissan Leaf S as a main competitor.

It’s obvious why electric vehicles are gaining more attention given the available incentives and the lure of never having to buy gas again. That said, I still believe gasoline-powered engines have a lot left in the tank, so stay tuned for what’s next in this area. Having recently driven Ford’s new 1.0-liter gasoline engine in a new Ford Focus, the results and cost were very similar and I had no range anxiety to overcome.

Isn’t it nice to have choice?

Disclosure: Ford Canada provided the vehicle and insurance for the purpose of this review.

[Images: © 2016 Jeff Voth/The Truth About Cars]

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60 Comments on “2016 Ford Focus EV Review – Choice in a Familiar Wrapper...”


  • avatar

    BIGGER

    Ford Fusion EV

    Ford Taurus EV

    or go home

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      This is a compliance car at this point. Pretty much all Focus EVs get shipped to the west coast or states that have EV rebates. There isn’t a dealer within 100 miles of me that even has a new Focus Electric. Ford dealers everywhere else what to sell you the C-Max Energis on their lot that have a big ol’ pile of cash on their hoods.

      • 0 avatar

        There’s like no leg space in the 2nd row.

        Are these people really THAT STUPID?

        We need to make American cars legspace GREAT AGAIN.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          I don’t think people are buying these to shuttle others around. It’s a commuter car that may have car seats in it. Since my round trip commuter is 12 miles and we have a larger car, I am the target customer. They just don’t exist in Michigan. The C-Max Energi is a better vehicle anyway.

          • 0 avatar

            I’m not demanding it be “huge” but Jesus Christ- there’s like NO SPACE AT ALL.

            FUSION and TAURUS.

            $40,000-$50,000 and $50,000-$60,000

            Do I have to think of everything???

            Meanwhile: HYUNDAI GETS IT.

            Their Sonata and Genesis make our cars look bad.

            WELL NO MORE:

            WE ARE GONNA MAKE AMERICAN CARS GREAT AGAIN.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Well the Taurus is dead and that platform was never set up for hybrids/EVs since it was developed in the 90s. The next Fusion will probably have an EV version.

            I get it though. Why can’t you have a mainstream EV and rear legroom?

          • 0 avatar

            Yes thank you.

            Mainstream EV need to have choices of interior space with enought legroom, headroom and shoulderroom.

            Benchmark the:

            Elantra, Sonata, Genesis, CLA and CTS-Coupe

            If you don’t do what I say, you will burn for it and I’ll enjoy watching you fall behind others who listened.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            You can subjects and posts too frequently. What EV options does Hyundai have in the US? Oh yeah, none. You want a Fusion EV and Hyundai “gets it”, but they don’t have a midsized EV either.

          • 0 avatar
            bumpy ii

            Because you need a dedicated platform to put the batteries under the cabin. Otherwise, you have to stash them in the trunk or in the hole where the gas tank used to be.

          • 0 avatar

            68 miles?

            REALLY???

            Is that it???

            Oh my gawwwwd

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            I told you man. It’s a compliance car that Ford gives zero $hits about. Helps keep Wayne running, they didn’t have to develop the powertrain, it helped get green loans to retool, and they sell it in states that EV purchases are subsidized or borderline mandated.

          • 0 avatar
            bumpy ii

            338 watt-hours per mile (assuming 23kwh is the usable pack capacity) isn’t great, but isn’t terrible for a non-EV-optimized car.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Sigh…I think BTSR is starved for attention.

            Yes, Ford COULD make an EV Focus with all kinds of range and performance. They’d just have to put a s*it ton more batteries in it. Look up a picture of the Tesla Model S chassis. That’s the kind of battery storage you need to make an EV car that’s competitive with an ICE model in terms of performance. Where would the batteries go on a car that’s not designed to carry them under the passenger compartment? In the trunk. And more batteries = higher sticker price.

            So…$50,000 for a Focus with no trunk. Sign me up!

          • 0 avatar
            brn

            bball40dtw: “Taurus is dead and that platform was never set up for hybrids/EVs since it was developed in the 90s.”

            The Ford D3 platform is dated, but no as dated as you suggest. The Ford D3 platform was evolved from the Volvo P2 platform. The Volvo P2 platform did come to be in 1998. That doesn’t make the Ford D3 platform from the 90’s anymore than the Volvo P3 platform.

            All platforms are evolved from other platforms. For some reason, we like to pretend that if a domestic platform is evolved from a foreign platform, that it’s no newer than what it evolved from.

            The truth is the D3 first hit the streets in 2005, not “the 90’s”. It’s one year more dated than the P3 (aka EUCD), upon which so very many current Volvo’s are based.

        • 0 avatar

          BTSR: Amen brother.

        • 0 avatar
          MrGreenMan

          If you could also Make Car Exterior Colors Great Again, I think you’ve got a winning platform.

          • 0 avatar
            PrincipalDan

            I would prefer the ability to get contrasting/complimentary colors in car INTERIORS again.

            “It is not fair that the 1% get 99% of the choice in car interiors that are not black, grey, or neutral tan.”

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I got a little chuckle that Ford is still using that “stem and leaf” badge (slightly updated) that they have been sticking on cars since the 2000-2007 Taurus was made E85 compatible.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      It was used earlier than that, the Taurus FFV (Methane powered) from the 1990s used it. It was also used on literature for concept EV cars in the 90s (EcoStar van, based on the pre-Transit Connect small Euro delivery van, I believe, in their Escort). Of course, the later FFV Ranger used it, too (version of the same 3.0L used in the later Taurus FFVs you mentioned).

      The road and leaf logo does something to balance environmental concerns with driving (on the road, presumably). I can see how it works.

    • 0 avatar
      brn

      Marketing!

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      Why? It is Ford’s branding for their alternative fuel vehicles, so they have also used a version of it on their Hybrids in addition to most of their FFVs like the Panthers, E & F series.

  • avatar
    seth1065

    Butterflies really ? so it is slow, and gets at best 70 miles in a mid 60 degree day, hate to see what sub 20 degrees in a rush hour commute would get and only 12-20 hours to charge w a house hold line, Not sure why anyone would buy this???????

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Because they get money from the fed and their state and have a short commute and a 2nd car.

      Ford cares so little about this car that they didn’t even develop the powertrain. It helped getting Wayne retooled with the ATVM loan program though.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      “Not sure why anyone would buy this?”

      I can’t speak for anyone else, but my commute is much shorter than 70 mi. I wouldn’t need 12 hr to charge on most days, even with a 110 V extension cord. And it doesn’t get to -20 deg around here. Also, sitting in traffic doesn’t hurt range so long as HVAC isn’t working too hard.

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        My round trip commute is 12 miles now. And I never drive above 45 MPH during that commute. I probably should get an EV.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          You’ll disappoint McConaughey if you don’t roll a Navi of some kind.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            We’ll eventually get a Navi to replace the MkT. I gotta wait for the new one to drop so residuals fall off a cliff. I may be tempted to buy an MkT after the Aviator replaces it. The floor will drop out.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            That’s a negatory good buddy. Navi, like Escalade, doesn’t really lose its residual when new models come out. Here’s an example from the second original refresh which I believe still sports the 5.4:

            MY12 Lincoln Navi 4×4

            06/09/16 Manheim Fredericksburg Regular $33,800 30,508 Above GREY 8G A Yes
            06/08/16 Manheim Kansas City Regular $29,600 59,212 Avg BLACK 8G A Yes
            06/03/16 Manheim Pennsylvania Regular $26,500 75,052 Avg WHITE 8ET O Yes
            06/01/16 Manheim New Jersey Regular $26,000 72,547 Avg SILVER 8G A Yes
            05/25/16 Manheim Nashville Regular $26,750 71,890 Avg WHITE 8ET A Yes
            05/11/16 Manheim Kansas City Regular $27,100 70,903 Avg BLACK 8ET A Yes

            2WD

            05/11/16 Manheim Tampa Lease $28,000 47,894 Above BLACK 8ET O Yes
            04/28/16 Manheim Southern California Regular $29,000 50,818 Above BLACK 8ET O Yes
            05/04/16 Manheim San Antonio Regular $23,800 83,203 Avg BLACK 8G A Yes
            05/25/16 Manheim Dallas Regular $24,500 83,413 Avg BLACK 8G A Yes
            06/01/16 Manheim San Francisco Bay Lease $24,000 84,766 Avg WHITE 8ET O Yes
            06/09/16 Manheim Texas Hobby Regular $23,000 87,036 Avg BLACK 8ET O Yes

            MKFlex on the other hand:

            MY15 Lincoln MKT AWD V6 EcoBoost

            06/15/16 Manheim Detroit Lease $37,100 661 Above BLACK 6GT A Yes
            06/16/16 Manheim Pennsylvania Factory $33,600 2,693 Avg WHITE 6GT A Yes
            06/16/16 Manheim Pennsylvania Factory $32,000 6,177 Avg BLACK 6GT A Yes
            06/15/16 Manheim Detroit Factory $33,800 10,972 Avg GRAY 6GT A Yes
            06/09/16 Manheim Nashville Factory $33,300 11,984 Avg WHITE 6GT A Yes
            06/02/16 Manheim Pennsylvania Factory $34,600 14,756 Avg WHITE 6GT A Yes
            06/08/16 Manheim Nashville Factory $31,000 15,094 Avg BLACK 6GT A Yes
            05/26/16 Manheim Pittsburgh Factory $32,900 15,630 Avg SILVER 6GT A Yes
            05/26/16 Manheim Nashville Factory $27,700 21,844 Below SILVER 6GT A Yes

            So brand new at factory sales it barely cracks 37, slightly used at 32ish, and it retails new $47,540 with AWD, EB, and trim 201A in MY17. This one is only two model years in, the Navi is five…

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Boooooooooo. I want more depreciation!

            I can lease a Navi for $579/month…..O_O

            MkFlex sinks like a rock. I could lease that for cheap and have a low buyout as well. I dunno what we’ll do. Hopefully just roll with the current MkT for another two years.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Buy MKT for less of a payment, but be sure to have your guy fish one out of the factory sale with less than 10K otc (as you can see it doesn’t make a cost difference 6K vs 25K). I figure you could demand around 15ish for yours and simply finance the rest while “resetting the odo” as it were. Boom, another five or six years of worry free driving for the little missus and child.

            Here are some MY11 AWDs non EBs

            03/09/16 Manheim New Jersey Lease $16,100 66,894 Above SILVER 6G A Yes
            02/23/16 Manheim Arena Illinois Lease $12,900 71,424 Avg TAN 6GT A Yes
            04/27/16 Manheim Nashville Regular $14,700 74,031 Avg MAROON 6GT A Yes
            04/15/16 Manheim Pennsylvania Regular $15,000 82,918 Avg MAROON 6GT A Yes
            05/17/16 Manheim New Jersey Regular $15,300 89,592 Avg White 6G A Yes
            05/18/16 Manheim Nashville Regular $12,000 101,793 Below WHITE 6G A Yes

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            That’s probably the best way to go. The used prices really look attractive.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            According to wiki, Aviator might come out in 2019. My thought is wait till 2017 and then scoop up an MY16 with no miles. Explain to your Lincoln dealer you know me and are therefore important. You instruct them they will buy one from the factory sale plus pack and a commission, but don’t let them fool you on price or trade as they would any mook off the street.

            I don’t think Aviator will cause a steep drop in MKT valuations, if anything does it will be when the model is officially discontinued but at most you’re looking about 10%. These already bleed so much I personally would be shocked at 10%… prob 5% more off the top. But as the MYs go on low mileage extra clean examples will dry up at any price.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Aviator

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            You’re right. There isn’t anything left to squeeze out of it. It takes such an initial hit, that anything else is insignificant.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            The D3/D4 Fords remind me of how Jaguars depreciate. Depending on the model, a Jag is generally not the sort of thing you want to buy when its been through multiple owners or high miles even with dealer documentation, and if you do you probably aren’t paying a mint for it. The D3/D4 strikes me as similar, if you buy it new, don’t hoon it, do *all* of the dealer maint, and use it as intended its probably going to be OK. But what you don’t want is one that’s been through multiple owners or high miles without (or even with) dealer documentation. The model seems somewhat fragile to me, like most older Jaguar models. Being P2 derived too is also an “uhhhhh” to me, Volvos of the period can be very annoying to deal with longer term.

            Bearing this is mind, if the Bball household enjoys the MKT think of it like a Jaguar. Lowest miles possible, do all dealer maintenance (which you already seem to be on top of), and don’t expect it to be anvil reliable longer term as a truck or Navi/Exp might be in comparison. I think this is part of the reason it bleeds and Navi doesn’t.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      Not sure why anyone would use several question marks on a sentence that isn’t a question.

      It surprises you that an EV that is significantly cheaper than a Model S, for example, would have limitations?

  • avatar

    On a side note, the “gas cap cover” looks like the BUGATTI symbol.

  • avatar
    seth1065

    Mark,
    Since new writers are dropping in daily it seems I assume no one introduces themselves anymore or TTAC is just ripping stories form other places and reposting them here to add content. Care to let us know which one it is?

    • 0 avatar
      MrGreenMan

      To be fair, Mark sort of wrote the final word on introductory news stories. We’re probably better without them. Mr. Voth appears to have been contributing one new vehicle review a month for about three months now, and it says even the pictures are his own.

  • avatar
    srh

    Just for future reference, while it’s useful to know that rear storage space is limited it would be much, much more useful to see a picture of the rear storage space.

  • avatar
    JimZ

    what is “remote start” on an EV?

    • 0 avatar
      shaker

      “what is “remote start” on an EV?”

      It “starts” the climate control system to pre-heat/defrost/defog/cool as required.

      It’s pretty handy on my Volt – I “start” it via smartphone app in the winter to get the snow off the windows in the 4 minutes it takes me to walk to my car after work.

  • avatar
    chris724

    “23 kW liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery”

    Battery capacity should be kWh, not kW. Sorry, but I’m an engineer.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    As of last week, California has used up the state tax credit for EV’s. The only tax credit people will now get will be from the Feds, so we’ll see how this will impact sales.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      I wasn’t aware of that. If that’s true, either:

      a) California will renew the credit, or
      b) EV sales will tank.

      Leaf sales plummeted the month after Georgia’s credit disappeared.

  • avatar
    Russycle

    Tough crowd. Might as well join in:

    “Having recently driven Ford’s new 1.0-liter gasoline engine in a new Ford Focus, the results and cost were very similar …”

    What does that mean? What results? I assume that means acceleration is in the same ballpark, but why make us guess? And what costs? Fuel? MSRP? Real price after incentives…which vary greatly depending on where you live?

    Not sure why Ford is bothering with this. It looks better then a Leaf, but I think Nissan and Telsa have proved that EV’s should start from a clean sheet of paper, rather than retro-fitting.

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      they’re bothering with it because they had to. Like the 500 EV, it’s a “compliance car,” meant to be sold in states which mandate a certain number of EV sales.

  • avatar
    mcs

    It’s pretty much a useless compliance car. I wouldn’t even consider this thing. It’s a joke. One flaw missed by the author is the lack of quick charging. It sounds like he got about 3.0 mile per kWh at 50-55 mph. My Leaf would get 4.8+ mile per kWh at 50 to 55 mph. With the Focus’ 23 kWh battery, that would give you a 110 mile range.

    Non-EV owners don’t seem to know how to do an EV review. Nothing about the charge rate of the on board charger. While he discussed charging via 120 volts, he didn’t mention the wattage rating of the 120v EVSE. For example, I think Nissans is 12 amps. I have an adjustable that can take advantage of 20 amp outlets. The author said it to 12 hours for a full charge from 120 volts, but fails to mention the level of charge when he started.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      “Waaa. I have a Leaf, everything else must suck because if not, I couldve been wrong and that’s impossible.”

      It may not excell in every category, but at least it isn’t hidious and soul-sucking to drive like a leaf.

      • 0 avatar
        HotPotato

        I’m a Ford driver. I’m also an EV driver. There’s a reason I’m not a Ford EV driver. Objectively, what our friend above says is true. The Focus EV is a weak engineering effort, and this review should have been written by someone familiar with EVs. No reason to attack him for stating the facts.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “If, however, you commute distances longer than 50 miles back and forth to work, sitting rush hour traffic on a daily basis, you will need to learn how to live with a little range anxiety.”

    That commute would require a charging station at work in order to make it home.

    Also, “sitting in traffic” is one of the best things for EV range, unless your climate control system is running strong. There is a common misconception that EVs consume power while idling. They do, but it’s almost nothing – unlike an ICE.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Well, here I go.

    This review (third entry from this guy) needs some massaging (once again). The first about the Q70L was effusive and marketing fluffy. The second about the Flex was trying so hard to be funny that it didn’t make sense.

    This review uses little tiny sentences, references which have no root in the review, and trite praise like “an extra touch of class” and leather “…which adds elegance to the stylish interior.” Often the prose is too wordy, with extra words not adding anything but word count.

    “and featured White Platinum paint for $595[.] on top of that.”
    “This compares favorably with the Nissan Leaf S[.] as a main competitor.”
    “The emphasis in this case is to look as much like the other Focus models [as possible], while offering enough differences to get consumers [into] -x thinking about driving-x an EV.”

    “…the results and cost were very similar…” What?

    “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, but doesn’t sound anything like a duck, can it still be considered a duck? In this case, I say the answer is yes.” *Facepalm and amazeballs.*

    “On that question, I am keeping my cards to close to my chest.” This sounds like it was written by someone who’s ESL. But he starts with this question, doesn’t answer it, and then ends with another question.

    In this type of review of a fairly niche vehicle, more photos (especially of special gauges and restricted cargo area) are helpful.

  • avatar
    redav

    A year or two ago the eFocus could be had for stupid low prices. IIRC, low ~$21k & $14k after incentives. I would have grabbed one if I could have found one.

  • avatar
    TrenchFoot

    I had a 2014 for a couple years, so here’s my long-term owner perspective:

    Yes, it’s a compliance car that Ford doesn’t do much to promote/support
    Yes, it’s range ain’t great.
    Yes, it takes a long time to charge on 110v.
    Yes, storage is compromised by the giant block of battery across the rear. This prevents you from making any use of the fold flat rear seats.

    But the reality is it’s a pretty good car if you have a second one. The limited range can cause issues. But again, if you have another car and this is your commuter it rarely causes range anxiety. Cold days affect its range as it wastes electricity to heat the batteries. Charging on 110v never caused issues because you remember to plug in when getting home. Charges all night, ready the next morning.

    It’s quicker than the numbers look. It pulls all the way up to it’s limiter. It handles well with the weight down low. Its loaded with more electronics than you’re likely to use. (No one uses nav on a commuter car if it doesn’t have traffic info. I know the way home, thanks.) And you can set the heater/AC to start at a scheduled time or kick it off from your phone.

    If you can get favorable lease rates, it’s a world more fun to drive than a Leaf or Prius. But if you have the chance (and you are in Oregon or California), take a Chevy Spark EV for a drive. Those little rollerskates are rockets!

  • avatar
    brandloyalty

    The article refers to using regenerative braking as much as possible to extend range. It’s much better to carry only as much speed as necessary and minimize use of the brakes. Maximizing using the brakes means more conversion losses as more energy is pushed into and extracted from the battery. Also if this ev is set up to lightly apply the rear brakes (for stability while braking) then all that braking of the rear wheels is wasted energy. Since regeneration is all done with the front wheels.

  • avatar
    modifikasimobil

    I think Ford Focus is very good at all

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