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Old 01-31-2012, 08:40 PM   #91
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Might just be the angle
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:09 PM   #92
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Here's a picture from 2012 auto show, looks the same to me as the prototype;

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Old 01-31-2012, 09:11 PM   #93
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Might just be the angle
That's what I thought too until I compared the other pics. Now i'm 100% sure it isn't the angle.

Here are 2 pics I put together for comparison.


@voip-ninja, the Focus Electric rolling out of the assembly line is the one with the small grill.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:44 PM   #94
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eh, still looks better than the Leaf or the Volt.
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eh, still looks better than the Leaf or the Volt.
Anything looks better than the Nissan Leaf.
The Volt looks decent, well at least better looking than the Leaf.

I just hope that if Ford ever decides to give the regular Focus the Aston style grill during its mid-cycle refresh, they decide on something that would look closer to the pre-production/concept Focus Electric and not the production Focus Electric.
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That's what I thought too until I compared the other pics. Now i'm 100% sure it isn't the angle.

Here are 2 pics I put together for comparison.


@voip-ninja, the Focus Electric rolling out of the assembly line is the one with the small grill.
I noticed this when Ford announced that Google had the 1st production car. Silly bastards shrunk the trapezoid and weakened IMO the aggressive face.
It looks rather toyish now, not so serious if you know what I mean. I had the same feeling after Ford had to severely shrink the trapezoid on the North American Fiesta.
But maybe the surveyed clinic groups did not like the aggressive face on the Focus BEV, hence the weak, toy-like face it now has.
Bloody shame I say.
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Silly bastards shrunk the trapezoid and weakened IMO the aggressive face.
It looks rather toyish now, not so serious if you know what I mean.
Maybe Ford is saving the more aggressive face for the mid-cycle refresh of the standard non-electric Focus.
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From NASA Tech Briefs, March 2012:

"The Ford Focus Electric is the industry's first car to feature 100 percent sustainable clean technologies in interior materials, including seat fabrics with Unifi's REPREVE-branded fiber made from recycled plastic bottles...The Focus Electric contains REPREVE-based fabrics that are made from the equivalent of about 22 recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles in each car."

Ford vehicles are currently about 85 percent recyclable at end of life and Ford's goal is have them 100 recyclable. Fords since 2009 have included "soy foam cushions, wheat-straw-filled plastic, castor oil foam in instrument panels...recycled yarns on seat covers..."

More info:

www.h xx p://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=35808

replace h xx p with http
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Focus Electric is now EPA rated with a higher MPG equivalent rating as well as a longer range than the Nissan Leaf (which surprises me considering that the Focus Electric has a slightly lower usable battery charge, looks like those thermally conditioned batteries are paying off big time).

http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/02/f...76-mile-range/
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Acutally i didn't have too much time to post on forums.

And at the time i was making between 3 and 5 round trips between toronto and windsor a week, along with working a full time job. I'm not doing that anymore but for those 5 months i was definitely on course for those 200 thou a year. Distance between my entrance (Manning Road exit 21 on the 401) and my exit ( McCowan Road - exit 381) plus driving through the city, plus sometimes going up to Keswick and back (another 40k approx each way up the DVP/Leslie). It made for an 800-900KM round trip. Multiply that by 12-20 (3-5 trips a week) and that's some mildly heavy mileage.
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