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Old 06-20-2011, 07:54 PM   #21
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You win, and I really like the way you added citations and the link. Game, set, match.

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Old 07-17-2011, 10:40 AM   #22
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I might consider it, my RT daily is 40 miles. I'd really consider it for the wife and was looking forward to the C-Max Energi before they took away the sliding doors.
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Old 07-17-2011, 01:45 PM   #23
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I would suspect "L" increases regenerative braking. IIRC, the Volt has a similar setup. To the consumer who is unaware, regenerative braking might feel like engine braking, like it's holding a lower gear. If I owned a Volt of Focus, it would probably be in "L" all the time, to extend the range.

The Leaf increases regenerative braking in "Eco" mode, but it also dampens throttle input. Lame in my opinion. "L" is a much better approach.
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Old 07-17-2011, 01:47 PM   #24
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I would buy it if I was in the market for a new car. I could drive that car daily and not be afraid of doing projects on my current focus. I recently did the tranny swap and the mount for the crank sensor gave me problems I didn't realize I needed to change it and it left me driving my family SUV witch gets around 12 mpg and is a little sickening at the gas pumps.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:42 AM   #25
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To answer my own question about the "L" 'gear' for a 1-speed transmission:
I just read an article on TTAC about EVs, and it referenced the "L" as used on other EVs. It seems that it controls the regenerative braking/coasting. Putting the car in L makes the regeneration more aggressive, which will feel like engine braking that occurs in a low gear in a traditional transmission. It can be used in heavy traffic so it slows down faster when you take your foot off the accelerator. It also can be used on steep declines to automatically apply the e-brakes (the regenerative brakes, not the traditional friction brakes) & prevent excessive acceleration.
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:44 PM   #26
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As cool as an all electric car is, I think they should have made a plug in EREV (Extended Range Electric Vehicle). EREVs have a gas engine, however it never directly powers the wheels. The gas engines sole job is to recharge the battery, which as a result could be made smaller. Because the engine doesn't need to directly move the car, it can be VERY small, even less then 1L. Of course, it would still run on gas, but it would get really good fuel economy, even into the triple digits. And making it plug in would reduce the need to use the gas engine. You could even turbocharge the engine so it could be even smaller and use even less fuel. But alas, it is to late for the Focus.
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Sounds like you are in the market for the Volt.

I think Ford was smart to skip the entire extended range thing and build a pure EV. The reality is that the majority of families have at least two vehicles, which means that this fits for most families who can use their other, gas powered car, for longer trips and use the EV for daily commuting and weekend errand running.

Even better Ford is building their EV on an existing car platform (unlike the Nissan Leaf) which will greatly reduce the cost of parts down the road. All of the structural components, trim pieces, glass, etc, will be the same as the regular Focus, which means they will be cheap to replace.
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:56 PM   #28
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I have been looking at the Prius Plug-In coming out in Feb-Mar. Now that I've found the Focus Electric, I'm seriously considering it. I just want to see and test drive one. All I see is late 2011 for its release. When is it coming out? Anyone have a more accurate date, other than late in the year?
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:05 PM   #29
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It is coming out in CA and NY by "end of 2011". It will be out in the remaining launch markets in Spring of 2012.

The rest of the US is probably late 2012 or 2013.
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Old 08-21-2011, 03:34 PM   #30
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I really like the fact that the Focus EV charges in half the time as the Nissan Leaf with basically the same driving range. I hope that Ford puts in charge points for customers at their dealerships to use like all the Nissan dealers have for the Leaf. I really like the fact that the Focus is larger and has more options - especially SYNC with MyFord Touch.
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