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Old 06-06-2011, 10:08 PM   #11
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100 miles is good for 90% of people, but this car is only for local trips. Having said that, electric power is MUCH cheaper than gas power, and there are no oil changes, fuel filters, O2 sensor malfuntions, etc. However, I need to drive 500 miles North every few years, and can't afford a local-only car. For people like my brother, who lives 40 miles from work, it might be worth it.
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100 miles is good for 90% of people, but this car is only for local trips.
I sometimes have to drive either 70 or 90 miles to an airport to fly out of town for business. Until the range increases and/or charging stations become more common place, that kills the deal for me.

All my other driving would be a good match for this car, but it's not practical to maintain a second car for longer trips(where you need economy and reliability and comfort the most) or to only fly from the local airport(higher fares).

For a two car family, I can see this as being something they could use the other non-electric to cover.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:42 PM   #13
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I sometimes have to drive either 70 or 90 miles to an airport to fly out of town for business. Until the range increases and/or charging stations become more common place, that kills the deal for me.

All my other driving would be a good match for this car, but it's not practical to maintain a second car for longer trips(where you need economy and reliability and comfort the most) or to only fly from the local airport(higher fares).

For a two car family, I can see this as being something they could use the other non-electric to cover.
You're absolutely right- if you have an electric car you need to have a second car for long trips. Married guys can use the wife's car for that rare occasion.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:10 AM   #14
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I could get by on the range for my daily work commute but what if I want to take a trip some place and its my only car? I say a gas electric hybrid is the only answer for the Focus customers like me who are very concerned about daily MPG.
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I could get by on the range for my daily work commute but what if I want to take a trip some place and its my only car? I say a gas electric hybrid is the only answer for the Focus customers like me who are very concerned about daily MPG.

There are a LOT of reasons why gas-electric hybrids are stupid. First, they are a lot more complicated. The dual propulsion system costs about $8k per vehicle extra. Consumer reports estimated gas would have to equal $8.50 a gallon to break even. Second, you have much less cargo space, because you have to haul all those batteries. Third, the performance of the batteries degrades over time, so the range gets shorter and shorter.

The new Focus gets 37mpg - 40 if you get one with the air shutters. That is a phenomenal engineering feat for such a big car. (better gas mileage than the toy-like Fiat, with 160HP vs. the Fiat's 110HP).
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:55 PM   #16
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Anyone know why is there is an "L" position for a 1-speed transmission?
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Living near San Francisco, I can tell you it is good to have a lock-out for going up or down very steep hills. If you are going down it prevents your car from speeding out of control. Useful in icy conditions too, although we don't have icy roads here unless it hails.
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Living near San Francisco, I can tell you it is good to have a lock-out for going up or down very steep hills. If you are going down it prevents your car from speeding out of control. Useful in icy conditions too, although we don't have icy roads here unless it hails.
I don't know what you mean by "lock-out" in terms of this transmission.

Typically, "L" on the gearshift means "low" which prevents upshifting and is beneficial on steep roads. However, this car has only one gear, so there is no shifting, anyway.
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I mean the ability to lock out auto shifting. FYI automatic transmissions have no gears, they have "speeds". The focus is either a five speed transmission or a six speed transmission. The last speed is overdrive. "L" on a transmission allows you to shift manually into 1st "gear" when needed. The Mazda works the same way.
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I mean the ability to lock out auto shifting. FYI automatic transmissions have no gears, they have "speeds". The focus is either a five speed transmission or a six speed transmission. The last speed is overdrive. "L" on a transmission allows you to shift manually into 1st "gear" when needed. The Mazda works the same way.
The eFocus is not the same as a gas-powered Focus. It does not have a normal transmission. With its transmission, the idea of a "low" or first gear makes no sense per the traditional interpretation.

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The single-speed transmission is built specifically to handle the high rpm range that comes with an all-electric motor. It not only helps give you a quiet, energy-efficient ride, but also delivers quick responsiveness, smooth acceleration and no-compromise driving fun.
As far as gears: yes, automatics certainly do have gears. (Otherwise, they wouldn't have "speeds;" gears of various sizes (identified by "gear ratios") alter the speed & torque delivered to the wheels.) An overdrive is a gear that has a ratio less than 1:1. The 6-speed auto transmission in the 2012 Focus actually has two overdrive gears (5th = 0.867 & 6th = 0.702).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automat...jLVQuu7evqFg==
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