HEY! Just found this section! I now own a FFE and am looking forward to posting as I go along. Here are a couple of shots of my new to me 2012 Frosted Glass Electric!
So far it's great! The three trips I have taken have been around 30-40 miles and I have had about 65% left in the batteries. Most of the driving is city, stop and go. The Regen feature is really good. It rolls gently around here so I am off the accelerator a fair amount, with foot off and deceleration, the regen starts, not just the actual braking. I've gotten around 19 miles back from just regen.How's it rollin?
As someone else asked, did you get set up for 220 charging?
I bought the ClipperCreek HCS-40P charger. I already had an outlet for a welder and it is rated for 50Amps so I'm good there. My charger is 32 amp which is plenty for my use, I just don't need the extra power and will rarely need to preheat as my garage is insulated and I work at home.Oh... FYI, pre-heating the vehicle on house power won't work unless you have the 240v charger. I'd personally look into a Leviton brand 40 amp version if I were you. The AC plug is different between the 20 amp, 30 amp, and 40 amp chargers. It will require different size wiring by your electrician also, so the only time you can upgrade is when you install- unless you have them install #8 wiring, but only use the 30 amp plug.
I do not recommend that you use Best Buy's "Geek Squad" for your charger installation. Call an electrician. The reason I mention that is because I remember that Ford partnered with BB for installing the chargers. Having seen some of the low voltage wiring that those guys have done in my friends' homes- I shudder to think of what they will do with more powerful electricity. It might even be cheaper to call a real electrician, have a plug installed, and mount the charger yourself.
I'm confused on these 2 comments. You consider 36.5mpg horrible? [scratch] I get 25-27 and I'm very happy with that so your mileage sounds pretty good to me.Her drive cycle is very short- like 8 miles RT per day, so her C-Max looks like it gets horrible fuel economy with a 36.5 avg. She could drive either vehicle on electric only with only a 120v charger, but trying to get a woman NOT to have a car that is pre-warmed before going out will be impossible.
You are correct sir. An owner can set a "go time", or contact the vehicle via app and have it pre-warmed or pre-cooled. This will work if the vehicle is not plugged in, or if the vehicle is plugged in via 240v charger, but not 120v. The benefit for an electric or plug-in is an increase in range due to less use of the battery to warm or cool the vehicle if it is plugged. All EVs and plug-in cars have this ability.Pre-warming the electric vehicle is only possible with a 220 V charger if I've got the info. straight, possibly on the plug in C-Max as well.
Yes, which is why I wish I'd bought the plug-in for the wife. What turned me off was the lack of storage space, and that we were buying this to replace our road trip vehicle for when we make the 250 mile trips to visit G-parents.Only way to get the best range for one & stay on electric for a short trip with the other I'd guess.
YES I regularly got 45-50 mpg on my trips back and forth to work. Another difference is that I don't use the climate control as much as my wife does. Typical female- leaves the windows rolled up, turns AC on high, and recirc for a 2 mile trip home from work. This in a car that will roll down all 4 windows if you hold the unlock key for 3 secs as you're walking up to the car, has 15% tint all around, and a kick ass windshield sun deflector that she won't use because it's too much trouble. You'd be shocked at how much power is used up just to keep the blower going. One of the readouts on the multifunction display will show you what kw you're using at the time, and that blower pumps it up more than even the AC does. With a plug-in, I'd be more worried about keeping a supply of fuel stabilizer, and making sure I locate an ethanol free pump nearby.36.5 mpg is only poor compared to what it can do on longer trips for the regular C-Max, terrible compared to short trips on electric only for a plug in version.
I'm surprised to see another FFE owner in Ohio! I ordered mine from the factory last July and finally got it mid November.
It's not in the wheels, but they do have regen, that uses the momentum to recharge. It isn't just during breaking, but any time you are not on the accelerator.Ford Engineers should have made generators in the spinning wheels to recharge the battery. Almost infinite distance. Along with a power port of course.
I've always driven manual transmission cars. I find the regen annoying when I let off the accelerator and just want to roll. My work around is shifting to N to roll but then back in D when I want to brake since the car will not regen when you hit the brakes in neutral. Apparently the first FFE's didn't do regen when you let off the accelerator. It was "fixed" later with a software update.It's not in the wheels, but they do have regen, that uses the momentum to recharge. It isn't just during breaking, but any time you are not on the accelerator.