The Ford Focus Electric is a 5-door hatchback electric car that was produced by Ford. The Focus Electric is Ford's second production all-electric vehicle (the first being the Ford Ranger EV), and was made from December 2011 to May 2018.
The Ford Focus BEV was the concept electric car introduced by Ford Motor Company at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Focus BEV concept used the European Mark II as its donor vehicle and incorporated key components from Ford's North American hybrid technology, including the electric climate control system from the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid.
The Focus electric pre-production car was unveiled at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show under the new name of Ford Focus Electric, and this pre-production version was based on the Focus Mark III.
Deliveries for fleet customers in the United States began in December 2011, and it was released to retail customers in May 2012 only in California, New York and New Jersey, in limited numbers, followed by the other 16 initial markets in the third quarter of 2012. The European release was initially slated for late 2012, but was rescheduled to start deliveries in August 2013. Unlike some smaller volume electric vehicles marketed only in California or other markets where mandated, the Focus Electric was sold in all 50 US states.
Based on its five-cycle testing, the United States Environmental Protection Agency rated the Focus Electric combined fuel economy equivalent at 105 MPGe (2.2 L/100 km), with an equivalent 110 MPGe (2.1 L/100 km) in city driving and 99 MPGe (2.4 L/100 km) on highways. The agency rated the 2017 Focus Electric combined fuel economy at 107 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (2.2 L/100 km), with an equivalent 118 MPGe (2.0 L/100 km) in city driving and 96 MPGe (2.5 L/100 km) on highways. The Focus Electric's EPA certified all-electric range is 76 mi (122 km) and the 2017 model's EPA certified range is 115 mi (185 km).
The Ford Focus Electric introduced new features and a high level of technological connectivity including a unique version of the MyFord Touch driver connect system adapted for electric vehicles, a new value charging feature powered by Microsoft and a smartphone application called MyFord Mobile that owners can use to control and charge their vehicles remotely.
The specialized version of the MyFord Touch technology for the Focus Electric offers additional vehicle information, such as battery state of charge, distance to charge points, range budget and expected range margin. The system's MyView feature allows drivers to access even more vehicle data including the electrical demands of vehicle accessories such as air conditioning, which can impact driving range. This feature can be used to plan multiple-stop journeys within the car's range and to locate charging stations. The improved MyFord Touch system will also allow drivers to customize the display on a case-by-case basis according to the owners daily, weekly or monthly driving needs.
Inspired in the Ford Fusion Hybrid growing green leaves of first-generation SmartGauge with EcoGuide, the Focus Electric cluster display uses blue butterflies to represent the surplus range beyond the drivers' charge point destination, as more butterflies are shown the greater the range is, and the blue butterflies gradually disappear as the car's battery is depleted. Ford says the designers were inspired by the butterfly effect, a phenomenon in which a small change, such as choosing to drive an electric vehicle, can have an enormous impact. At the end of each trip a display screen provides distance driven, miles gained through regenerative braking, energy consumed and a comparative gasoline savings achieved by driving electric.
The 2012 Focus Electric was planned to include warning sounds to alert pedestrians of its presence when the electric car was running at low speeds. Ford developed four alternative sounds, and in June 2011 involved the car fans by asking them to pick their favorite from the four potential warning sounds through the Focus Electric Facebook page. However, ultimately Ford decided to hold off including warning sounds unless federal legislation required it, and no such system was implemented on the production vehicle.
Production began in December 2011. The Focus Electric was being built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan on the same line as the gasoline-powered version of the Focus, the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid and the C-Max Hybrid. Ford stated that initial production was limited but was ramped up in 2012. North American Ford Focus production ended in May 2018. The platform was designed for piston engines, and the battery took up space in the boot; the battery and electric motor was squeezed into a car not designed for it.
Ford began taking online orders on November 2, 2011, with pricing starting at US$39,995, including a US$795 destination charge, but before the US$7,500 US federal tax credit, along with other state and local incentives available for eligible buyers of plug-in electric vehicles. The 2012 Focus Electric is eligible in California to a US$2,500 rebate through the state's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), and also was granted free access to California's high-occupancy vehicle lanes (HOV) for solo drivers.
In 2012, the Focus Electric was priced significantly higher than a conventional gas-powered Focus, which, as of December 2011 listed a base price of US$16,500, rising to US$30,692 when fully loaded with all available options. Thus, after accounting for all available government incentives, in some locations the Focus Electric may be net-priced similar to a fully loaded gas version. When compared to other plug-in electric vehicles available in the U.S., the Focus Electric had essentially the same price as the 2012 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and it costs US$3,945 more than the base-model 2012 Nissan Leaf SV. Available options in 2012 included leather-trimmed seats and two special paint options, blue candy and white platinum.
In 2011, through an association with SunPower, an optional solar-panel system was to be offered by some Ford dealers to be installed on the homes of Focus Electric owners[where] to generate enough renewable energy during the day to offset the electricity used to charge the vehicle at night. The SunPower's home solar charging option cost US$10,000 before the then available local and federal tax credits. Ford also made an agreement with Best Buy in 2011 to offer a 240-volt home charging station.[needs update]
The European launch was initially scheduled for late 2012. Although pricing was not announced, Ford stated that, unlike Renault that will offer a battery-leasing option on its electric vehicles sold in Europe, the Focus Electric will be sold with the battery pack included in the price of the electric car. Deliveries were rescheduled to start in August 2013.
As a publicity stunt, a Focus BEV was featured on The Jay Leno Show in September 2009. Celebrity guests drove a purpose-built car with the shell from a European market Ford Focus and a test prototype version of electrical powertrain in a segment called \"Green Car Challenge\".
A family in Florida is reeling after receiving a massive quote to replace the batteries in their second-hand electric vehicle. The family was quoted more than they paid for their used 2014 Ford Focus Electric.
The Focus EV, which uses the same body as the gasoline-powered Focus, has a 107-kilowatt electric motor that produces 143 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Ford states that the vehicle will top out at 84 mph. Although the Focus EV is not the quickest compact around, it does go 0-60 mph in 9.9 seconds.
Car buyers will love how the Focus EV travels in a very smooth and quiet fashion. Like the regular Focus, the electric model has fairly good command of the road, providing solid handling, precise steering and is fun to drive. Although the regenerative braking system (slows down the vehicle when the foot is taken off the accelerator while capturing energy for re-use) takes a while to grow accustomed to, the benefits far outweigh the initial inconvenience.
This vehicle did not use any gasoline for the first 21 miles in EPA tests. However, depending on how you drive the vehicle, you may use both gasoline and electricity during the first 21 miles following a full charge.
Body style/layout: The 2014 Focus Electric remains unchanged from the model introduced in 2013. It is a compact, four-door, all-electric sedan with a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack located near the rear. It has front-wheel drive.
Avery Siwinski who is 17 years old was excited to get a car to drive herself to and from school. Her parents spent $11,000 on a used electric car for her. It's a Ford Focus Electric. The car is a 2014 model, with 60,000 miles.
10 Tampa Bay reached out to Ford Motor Company, asking what customers in this position are expected to do and if the electric car batteries are still being made available for Ford Focus Electric cars. We are awaiting their response.
The Focus Electric is powered by a 23 kWh Li-ion battery pack engineered by Ford using pouch cells from LG Chem; an advanced active liquid cooling and heating system preconditions and regulates the temperature. The pack comprises 430 cells; system peak power is 60 kW charge, 110 kW discharge, and specific power is 0.36 kW/kg. A 105 kW permanent magnetic electric traction motor delivers 188 lb-ft (255 Nm) of torque, and propels the car up to 84 mph (135 km/h).
Ford spent a great deal of engineering effort to maximize the efficiency of the vehicle, as well as to deliver on its goal of making the Focus Electric a Focus that happens to have an electric powertrain, as opposed to a distinctive electric vehicle. The Focus Electric preserves as much of the handling, responsiveness and visual cues of the conventional Focus platform as possible. 59ce067264