The Ford Focus is not a new car, it has been a bestselling compact car in both the US and European car markets for well over a decade. The Ford Focus Electric is something new though, and another example of how the big car companies that were once accused of trying to kill the electric car are now slowly, but surely, moving to the forefront of the movement. The new and improved 2014 Ford Focus Electric is currently set to roll out in both Europe and the US to ‘replace’ the original 2012 model which was considered so groundbreaking by many.
Ford Focus Electric by the Numbers
When lined up side by side with its all gas and hybrid counterparts – as the Ford Focus Electric is technically only a trim level in the third generation of the Ford Focus – it is rather difficult to tell at a glance that it is in any way different. It is still a five door hatchback, it still has the distinctive Focus shape and all the space a small family could want in an everyday vehicle as well as some rather nifty handling.
The difference is of course obvious once the hood is popped. At the heart of the 2014 Ford Focus Electric is a 143 hp (107 kW) synchronous electric motor that is powered by a 23kWh, high-voltage, lithium-ion battery system. This system gives the car a single charge range of 73 miles, but that can be extended when driving in highway rather than stop and go city traffic. The 0 to 60 time was clocked by Edmunds at a shade over eight seconds.
Driving the 2014 Ford Focus Electric
There is something of a learning curve involved in driving an electric vehicle and of all the similar models available at the moment – the Focus, the Nissan Leaf and the Fit EV – Ford have created a car that best responds to this and educates its driver in mastering the art of getting the most out of an EV with an in-dash system that includes a Brake Coach, to help new drivers get used to the use of the regenerative brakes and how doing so properly can extend the range of the car without detracting from the actual driving experience.
Looks and comfort are still as important to drivers as they ever have been when it comes to the interior of a car, whether it is an EV or not and the new 2014 Ford Focus certainly delivers in that respect. Features that are considered to be ‘top of the line’ in the gas trim levels of the Focus are standard here, including MyFord Touch system and a soft and luxurious upholstery that is crafted from REPREVE® fiber, a material that is comprised of 100% recycled materials.
Charging the 2014 Ford Focus Electric
Standard charge time for the new Ford EV is around four hours on a 240 volt outlet. Ford do offer a separate charging station that can be relatively easily installed in the home that decreases that time and will, Ford says, also be compatible with planned future Ford EVs.