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Old 03-04-2011, 05:28 PM   #1
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I am seriously considering the Focus Electric. I have a list of questions before I jump in! These are questions that should go directly to Ford, but heck, why not try THE Fanatics.

1. What is the expected lifespan of the batteries?
2. What will be the replacement cost of the batteries?
3. Will it have air conditioning?
4. Will I be able to find a 12V power source capable of supplying 65-75 amps for ICE upgrades?
5. How will the range of the vehicle be affected by such a heavy draw?

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Old 03-23-2011, 02:58 PM   #2
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Did you find those answers? We'd like to know. Unfortunately, we don't- er, I don't.
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No answers yet. No real time to search. Sherif Marakby is the director of Ford's electrification programs and engineering. I have been unable to find any contact information for his department.
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Subscribed (cuz I'd like to know).

But I'm SURE it would have AC. Very few people would be willing to buy it if it didn't.
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The new Ford electric cars are expected to save atleast the $1200 in the maintenance. and the rough lifespan of the batteries for these cars will be 9-10 years..
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FORD HAS FINALLY ANSWERED.
Below is an excerpt from an email...

As much as we would like to provide you with all the information that you are seeking, I am truly sorry that we can only answer a few of your questions because we cannot advise about modifications to a vehicle. Also, we do not have a set price for the parts of the vehicle at this time to be able to tell you on the battery pack. That information will not be out until vehicle is released or shortly before it is released.

The questions we can answer is that yes, it will have A/C. As for the splicing into a power source and how much of an effect powering large amps would cause, we cannot answer. The extra battery draw will certainly effect the distance the vehicle is able to travel.

Once again, I am sorry that at this time, we are unable to completely address your inquiries. I appreciate you taking your time to write us and we thank you for your interest in our upcoming Ford Focus electric vehicle.

Sincerely,
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I am seriously considering the Focus Electric. I have a list of questions before I jump in! These are questions that should go directly to Ford, but heck, why not try THE Fanatics.

1. What is the expected lifespan of the batteries?
2. What will be the replacement cost of the batteries?
3. Will it have air conditioning?
4. Will I be able to find a 12V power source capable of supplying 65-75 amps for ICE upgrades?
5. How will the range of the vehicle be affected by such a heavy draw?

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1. Ford has stated that the battery will have an 8 yr/100k mile warranty. They have further stated that it is engineered to last well beyond that. The answer to the question of lifetime, as you would imagine will vary greatly with how you drive the vehicle, and the environment. That said figure on 10 years at least.

2. The price of the Volt's 16kwh battery has dropped from $12k to $8k in the space of one year if reports are accurate. Both cars use cells provided by the same manufacturer, LG Chem. Although currently the Focus E pack is built by Magna. 10 years from now, should you need a battery the cost, range and performance should be vastly improved

3. ICE upgrades? Are you referring to a beefed up audio system? Although Ford obviously dodged the question, I think it is very likely the 12v "chassis system" will be able to handle rigorous demands. The 12v battery will be charged by the "traction battery pack." The traction battery is rated to supply the equivalent of 123 hp or about 90 kw. On the Volt the 12v auxillary power capability is thought to be 2kw. Ford has keenly observed what the other manufacturers have done, and usually upped the ante. I would expect them to do the same. here.

4. Obviously any draws will reduce the range. It is 23kwh battery. So just using 2kw and not even driving the thing would give you what 11-12 hours, if you used the full 2kw non-stop. This is why the Volt and Leaf feature high efficiency radios, designed to use less power. Assuming that you are asking about aux power for an audio system.

Ford a detailed spec comparison of the Volt, Focus and Leaf see:
http://fordfocuselectric.com/forums/....php?f=8&t=123
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I'm sorry, but save the stereo for the gas powered vehicle. If you have an electric, you're going to need a second vehicle for long trips, and those times when you forgot to charge the EV. The EV is really only suited for in-town travel.
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I'm sorry, but save the stereo for the gas powered vehicle. If you have an electric, you're going to need a second vehicle for long trips, and those times when you forgot to charge the EV. The EV is really only suited for in-town travel.
a BEV like the Focus E is definitely for local driving only. But you know one can rack up a lot of miles on "local driving."

And with the FocusE recharge rate, I can easily see days doing 200-300 miles in day. Assuming a charger at work.
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I guess you'd be better off leasing an electric Focus as opposed to buying one.
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