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Who's considering the Focus Electric?

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I drive 18 mile per day, this would be perfect for me. I also love that it is a move towards a flexible, renewable fuel source and being done by the most successful OEM out of Detroit.
 

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Just test drive one...

The Focus Electric is the real deal. I've had mine for three weeks now and couldn't be happier.

Plenty of power and torque. Very composed in the twistys. I just took a 25 mile mountain road drive (2000 foot climb in 8 miles). Pushed it hard and it never broke a sweat. Coming down I get it all back with regenerative braking.

I've driven over ten different electric cars, including the Tesla Roadster, and this is a serious contender.

The behavior mimics that of an automatic. It creeps when you let off the brake and there's almost no regen until you touch the brake pedal. I prefer "manual" like behavior. No creep and lots of regen when you lift off the accelerator pedal. That's about the only thing I'd change. They limit the torque off the line just before the point of wheel spin. If you drive with the windows open you can hear the tires are just on the verge of breaking loose.

Test drive one and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Your "fuel" costs will be equal to that of a 100 MPG car.
There are over 7000 public charging stations in the US so you're not stuck charging only at home. The car charges from flat to full in about 3 1/2 hours.

Plus...
No oil changes.
No smog checks.
No timing belts.
No mufflers.
No noise.
Just clean, quiet, smooth, power.

Yes, the range is only about 75 miles so you have to decide if you can live with that, but for those in a multi-car household where the other car is gas, it could be a no brainer.

I'm just glad we finally have a choice. I chose electron power and am never going back.

 

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Jmbarbera - I love the post and completely agree..... I have a White Platinum FFE. So many start out thinking you have to baby this girl. Not the case. Have fun, drive hard and stay cool. Gone electric and staying there!!!!
 

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A word of advice is you're considering buying one:
Don't let the dealer drill the center lower hole when they install the front plate bracket. They drill the grill and bumper and if you ever remove it, you'll have three holes that shouldn't be there in the first place.

I made a white decal to cover the bumper hole. The grill holes aren't too noticeable.

If you are in a front plate state, use VHB tape where the bracket touches the bumper.
The front plate destroys the clean look of the front end. That's why you never see glam shots of the car with a front plate. The Ford recommended location seems a bit high to me. I'm going to try lowering it so it's centered on the bumper. I'm still waiting for my plates though.
 

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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).
I used to think plug-in hybrids were stupid too. They are if you think about them as merely high mileage gas cars. Better to just buy a pure gas car.

I know three Volt owners and none of them buy any gas at all. Their fuel costs are equal to that of a 100 MPG car and they're running on pure electricity but still have the range for trips to Wally World. I bought a Focus Electric because we still have the wife's van for long trips. But for a single car household that wants to electrify all local routine miles, the Volt is a very nice and fun to drive package. I'm looking forward to the C-Max Energi plug in. If they're going to go to the trouble of putting a battery in a gas car, put a plug on it and allow it to be powered from the grid.

Driving electric comes at a high up front cost, but that's where we are right now in the overall development of electric transportation. Early adopters will pay the premium price so that down the road electric cars will make economic sense for more people. They won't be for everyone, but it's great we finally have a choice.

When I drove my gas car, I felt like Fred Flintstone. Now I feel like George Jetson. Electricity is the fuel of the future.

BTW: If you're going to buy a gas Focus, opt for the manual transmission.
 

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I love the idea of electric cars, but I am concerned that when they become very popular, electricity prices will go sky high. We don't want to become to dependent on one type of energy.
 

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Electric Cars

I love the idea of electric cars, but I am concerned that when they become very popular, electricity prices will go sky high. We don't want to become to dependent on one type of energy.
Electric Energy does exists naturally, it usually is converted from another source, usually natural gas or fossil fuel. Electric Car gives you the most independence because you use multiple fuels to power it. You can plug it into a gas generator if you want use gas, you connect to a solar array or you get it straight from Edison if you like. A Gasoline Car is solely dependent on GAS, that is why the cartels can charge what the market will bear.
 

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The range is good enough for my daily commute and for the foreseeable future electricity is included in our rent. However seeing that battery pack take up what looks to be most of the cargo area is a major buzz kill.
Not really a big deal. You lose about 3 cubic feet. Bike fits fine. Maybe two.



Carried an 8' x 10' area rug.
 

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How long will the battery last and what does it cost?

Go to the following link and you will be able to see the replacement cost of all Electric parts and the warranty. The warranty states 8 years and/or 100,000 miles.

http://owner.ford.com

There are lots of usable links to directly deal with your auto. You become a member by using your SYNC login and your car is identified by the VIN number. If I wanted a new battery. (Not really, but what if I did?) the BEV is listed part # 10B759 and the cost is $10,508.38
 

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Electric Energy does exists naturally, it usually is converted from another source, usually natural gas or fossil fuel. Electric Car gives you the most independence because you use multiple fuels to power it. You can plug it into a gas generator if you want use gas, you connect to a solar array or you get it straight from Edison if you like. A Gasoline Car is solely dependent on GAS, that is why the cartels can charge what the market will bear.
This is a very good point worth saying. With Electric you DO get options on energy sources. As the technology progresses we will have solar, wind and other potential ways of generating energy to charge our cars. With solar in particular, the costs of generating energy will be much less. If we get solar panels for the home, we save long term on electric costs and can charge our cars with it, reducing dependence on big oil, or big energy and promoting independence, and isn't that what we want? It will be a win, win scenario.
 

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I'm half way there to an electric car. I just bought a C-max Hybrid. Time will tell on how it goes but it sure is a nice car. If it does even half as well as I hope, I'll be looking for the electric Focus in a few years time....Till then, I have my SEL and the hybrid to compare performance and maintenance issues with.
 

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I hope you got the plug-in Energi version of the C-MAX. Whether you can do a pure EV or a PHEV, it's about electrifying the routine, daily household miles, even if your electricity is coal powered. Your car is the largest household energy consumer and it's horribly inefficient if gasoline powered. Battery development is not to the point where a pure EV can replace a gas car, but it really doesn't matter. My Focus Electric is a second car. We have a Honda Odyssey for trips to Wally World. We didn't need two cars with 300 mile range so the Focus Electric works well for us.

I drove the C-MAX Energi and it was great, but it just wasn't big enough to replace our cavernous van which can carry 4 people, all their gear, and 4 bikes inside. I hope larger PHEV's become available that can do both soccer mom duty (all electric) and road trip duty (on gas). A PHEV Flex would be perfect.

With the introduction of the Fusion Energi PHEV, Ford will be the only car manufacturer offering three plug-in models. Hats off to them for offering so many choices.

Again, all electric cars don't work for everyone, but it's great to finally have a choice of fuels, breaking the choke hold oil has had on us.

I love my Focus Electric (over 9k miles) and recommend it highly. Price reductions and attractive lease offers make it a very reasonable buy. It's too bad that Ford does not advertise it at all. They might sell more if people even knew they existed.
 

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Focus EV horror story:
In my first month with the car it has been in for servicing twice and its going back today for its third visit.

On March 5 (the 29th day that I owned the car) I got a message 7 times that said "Pull Over Safely" Once I stopped the car would shut down for anywhere from 1 to 15 minutes. At times it would happen as I am stopping at a stop sign or stop light so I wasn't able to pull to the side of the road.

This has happened about 12 times total in the first month with the car. Ford can't fix it.

Don't buy this car until they have the problem fixed.
 

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Focus EV horror story:
In my first month with the car it has been in for servicing twice and its going back today for its third visit.

On March 5 (the 29th day that I owned the car) I got a message 7 times that said "Pull Over Safely" Once I stopped the car would shut down for anywhere from 1 to 15 minutes. At times it would happen as I am stopping at a stop sign or stop light so I wasn't able to pull to the side of the road.

This has happened about 12 times total in the first month with the car. Ford can't fix it.

Don't buy this car until they have the problem fixed.

Sorry to hear your having such problems with your car, I hope they get it resolved soon. I am thinking of trading to an Electric Focus in about two or three years.
 

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Just now reading this thread, so if it is already answered my apologies. The L is for low. Yes it is one speed tranny, but in low you get more regenerative braking while coasting.
 
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