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05-15-2013 12:05 AM
Zwolf Got a 2013 Electric Focus at the start of the year mostly for the novelty of it. My girlfriend uses it mostly to and from work, round trip of 12 miles a day. Worked out great since she has a Ford Fusion at is manual and she hates having to shift gears so she loves the car. Now we have a problem with her driving, she a speed demon with it because the motor is so quiet.

I love the car also because it is so quiet, and it does have the pickup and go!

I worked out the math for what I figured it would be costing if it was gas over electric over a 3 year period, the results was about $1000 more for the electric over gas for the 3 years. But due to the limited range, we are still keeping the gas powered Fusion car for the longer runs she got to make around here. So end result is that I am paying extra insurance and limited maintenance on a second car due to he lack of range. Living in Houston, 68 miles range just does not cut it not to need a gas car as a back up. Looking forward to a future with longer range on electric.

I kind a wish I got the hybrid version Fusion, and I would have it it could run on electric and plug in the wall to fill up to charge the batteries. Only use the gas when you ran out of battery power.

Allan
Cypress TX

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02-09-2013 06:59 AM
Rogerschro If I had the money and time, I'd get an Electric focus, Add the bumper and ground effects off the ST, Paint it with rally style graphics and put a sound program to make it sound like a race car! Is this wrong????? LOLOLOLOL!
09-28-2012 08:45 AM
NCFocus12 Sounds like Ford is discounting the sticker on these cars tremendously. If so, that changes the game. Once someone builds an electric that has the same range as a gas car on a single charge, charging stations are in abundance at shopping malls, offices, etc, and the sticker price is below 30k, that's when electric will make sense to *most* people, including myself.
09-27-2012 01:55 PM
Spare
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it will take you 10-12 years to recoup the cost of buying the FFE. By that time, you will probably have incurred thousands in repairs for obsolete battery replacements, etc, so you'll probably be in the car for 50-60k at that point.
Ok there.... I beg to disagree. Let's look at hard numbers. I paid $33,985.00 for my Electric Focus. To purchase a comparably equiped Ford Focus ICE it will cost you $24,745.00. (My car has every option available plus leather seats and premium paint.) I paid a $9,240 premium. My automobile will have 20,000 miles on it in 12 months. I am paying $0.03 per mile to drive the car which equals $600.00. The ICE Focus is rated at a combined usage of 31 mpg which equals 645.00 gallons of gasoline. Gasoline in my state is now selling for $3.99 per gallon which equals $2574.19. That means I am saving $1974.19 per year. So the payoff is in 4 years and 8 months. From that point on I will be putting $1974.19 ($2574.19 - $600.00 = $1974.19) in my pocket.

The battery is guaranteed 8 years and/or 100,000 miles. The only maintenance on this vehicle is rotating the tires, changing breakpads and windshield wipers. You return it to the dealer every 20,000 and they look at it! How often are you changing the oil, radiator fluid, air, fuel and transmission filters on your ICE? And what does that cost you?

The average American is now keeping their car for 7 years. Which means this American could actually make $4,500.00 on the car. Unlike most average Americans I am one of those people who keeps their vehicle for 10 plus years.

All of the above being proof enough, the fact is I drive 20,000 miles per year. If you are not driving 15,000 plus miles per year you are quite correct - it is a "rich people" car. You made the mistake of responding to a, not rich, but "smart" everday "Joe Doe" kind of guy
09-27-2012 09:39 AM
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Smmy15643 - I agree... Actually it is much more than 70%... I own the Focus Electric. I still have my gasser. Last year there were 5 days when I drove more than 100 miles. This year I have filled my gas tank 2 times in the last three months since owning the 2012 FFE. That is a huge savings in gas costs. I drive 20,000 miles per year. 95% of my driving will be electric and I will save $2,300.00 per year at $3.50 per gallon. My added electric bill is $45.00 per month.
Of course, doing the math, factoring the extra cost (nearly double) over the gas Focus, it will take you 10-12 years to recoup the cost of buying the FFE. By that time, you will probably have incurred thousands in repairs for obsolete battery replacements, etc, so you'll probably be in the car for 50-60k at that point. Of course, more likely, you've sold it within the next 3 years to buy cheaper, better electric tech coming down the pike, which means the FFE is a financial boondoggle by 2012 standards.

Electrics are still boutique cars for rich people at this point.
08-22-2012 11:11 PM
Spare Smmy15643 - I agree... Actually it is much more than 70%... I own the Focus Electric. I still have my gasser. Last year there were 5 days when I drove more than 100 miles. This year I have filled my gas tank 2 times in the last three months since owning the 2012 FFE. That is a huge savings in gas costs. I drive 20,000 miles per year. 95% of my driving will be electric and I will save $2,300.00 per year at $3.50 per gallon. My added electric bill is $45.00 per month.
08-22-2012 09:57 PM
Smmy15643 yanno... if i was in the market for a new car( im not and wont be for atleast another 6 to 7 years) id seriously think of going electric, i mean mine as well, even if it was 2 or 3 years old id still seriously look into an electric car if i had an older gas car to fall back on, people always complain about the range of these car but id say at least 70% of the population only commute a max of 70 miles a day or less so they wouldnt be worried about running out
07-27-2012 10:59 AM
zeroberto This looks amazing! Just when you thought that the Focus couldn't be any more economical lol I'm going to have to hold back for a while, the price tag looks a but hefty at the moment

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07-18-2012 12:26 AM
tzuanich The inverter in engine comparment needs cooling
06-14-2012 11:58 AM
chantspel I just read that this thing has a top speed of 84mph

That might be a deal breaker
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