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2018 FORD FOCUS ELECTRIC

Ford Focus the iconic fun to drive hot hatch. For the 2018 model year Ford Focus Electric, a limited-production version of the Focus, remains unchanged from the prior model year. The hatchback-only model is available in the following states: California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont at Ford EV Certified Dealers. This little one brings great features of a ford focus plus the unique perks of an electric vehicle. Ford does not build an electric car from scratch like the BMW in i3 or Chevrolet in the bolt, Ford has just converted the powertrain from gasoline to electric so the overall design remains the same – and it gained weight though. So if it looks like a focus but does not sound like one or drink the fuel like a focus can it retain the fun character of the focus that it is renowned for? let’s take a review of it

POWERTRAIN:

The electric version of the Focus hatchback is by far the smoothest and quietest in the range. The engine, transmission, and gas tank are gone, replaced by a 107-kilowatt (143-horsepower) electric motor powering the front wheels. The lithium-ion battery pack now holds 34 kilowatt-hours of energy, enough for a 115-mile EPA range rating. Its energy efficiency is rated at 107 MPGe combined. (Miles Per Gallon Equivalent, or MPGe, is an efficiency measure that specifies how far a car can travel electrically on the amount of energy contained in 1 gallon of gasoline.)

Like its gasoline counterparts, the Focus Electric offers good road holding, precise steering, and a more rewarding experience behind the wheel than most of its competitors.

“THE FORD FOCUS IS MORE REWARDING TO DRIVE THAN ITS COUNTERPARTS, BUT IT’S EV MODEL ISN’T NEARLY AS FAR AS AHEAD AS ITS USED TO BE”

STANDARD FEATURES AND OPTIONS:

The 5-seater 2018 Ford Focus EV ($29,995) comes in one well-equipped trim level. There’s no sedan version.

Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, 4-wheel disc brakes, xenon headlights, LED taillights, keyless entry/start, cruise control, eco-themed cloth upholstery, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel/shift knob, ambient cabin lighting, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, configurable gauges augmented by EV-specific functions, a mobile app with vehicle status monitoring, remote start, Sync voice-command functionality with Bluetooth, Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-in touchscreen, satellite/HD radio and a premium Sony audio system.

Options include leather upholstery (bundled with a 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a rear center armrest), a 240-volt home charging system plus an exterior protection package with mudguards and a protective rear bumper coating.

In 2017, Ford boosted the battery capacity substantially to raise its range from 76 miles to 115 miles. More importantly for longer trips, it also made DC fast-charging standard on the car, which will recharge it to about 80 percent of capacity in roughly half an hour at any CCS charging site.
Ford Focus EV is roughly equivalent to a higher-end trim with an engine, it hasn’t changed over several years except for the fitting of the Sync 3 voice-control and infotainment system in place of the unloved MyFordTouch in earlier years.

“THE FOCUS EV IS DECENTLY EQUIPPED FOR THE PRICE, THE LAST YEARS ADDITION OF DC FAST CHARGING MAKES IT COMPETETIVEIN THE SEGMENT – THOUGH THERE IS LITTLE SPECIAL TO DISTINGUISH IT”

PERFORMANCE:

The Focus Electric got a bump in battery capacity to 35kWh. The battery pairs with an electric motor good for 143 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Driven wheels are the front pair, through a single-speed transmission. As for range, the EPA figure is 115 miles from the new battery, equating to a 118 MPGe figure for city driving. 2017 also saw a DC fast-charging feature added to the mix that can give you 75 miles range in just 30 minutes. Standard 120-volt charging takes 30 hours for a full charge, and 240V charging takes 5.5 hours.

INTERIOR:

The interior of the Focus Electric is bang on identical to its combustion-powered sibling. That means inside you’ll get the familiar SYNC 3 infotainment system with its 8-inch touch screen, along with dual-zone climate control to keep things comfortable. You’ll be able to seat 5 in the Focus Electric, though legroom may be a bit cramped for taller passengers and require front occupants to relinquish some of their legroom.

But the one major concession, and the one that belies the Focus Electric’s origins as a combustion-powered vehicle, is the trunk space. Where rivals like the Nissan Leaf have a regular cargo hold with a sunken floor and built-in battery, Ford’s 35kWh lithium-ion battery sits in the trunk and eats up 9.1 cubic feet to drop the overall figure to 14.2 cu ft. That’s still more than the combustion sedan offers though, it just arrives in hatch format here.

The stylized dashboard puts most controls close by- may lead to the wrong press. Buttons can be hard to differentiate at a glance, while the snug back seat is bested by those of most rivals. Unlike the chassis, the cabin is showing its age.

EASE OF USE:

Most controls fall readily to hand. The airflow interface’s human pictogram is likable, but many buttons look the same. The central display screen is exceptionally small, though still legible. It’s functional but a bit behind the times.

GETTING IN AND GETTING OUT:

The doors are tall but compact, easing access in tight spots. The front seats are mounted pleasantly high for graceful entrances. If taller folks are sitting up front, rear entry/exit can be challenging due to encroaching front seatbacks.

ROOMINESS:

The front row has enough space for larger occupants but adjusts well to a wide range of physiques. Rear legroom is unusually sparse for this class; most rivals offer noticeably more. Rear headroom may also be tight for tall passengers.

VISIBILITY:

The thin front roof pillars afford an expansive view through turns. The view over the hood is likewise generous. The standard rearview camera compensates for the Focus sedan’s high rump, taking the guesswork out of parking.

SAFETY:

Standard safety equipment includes 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic traction and stability control and seven airbags (front, front side, driver knee, and full-length side curtain).

In government crash testing, the regular Focus scored a perfect five stars out of five, including four stars for frontal impacts and five stars for side impacts. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Focus its top score of Good in all crash tests except for the new small-overlap front test, where a rating of Acceptable (second best) was awarded. There are rear park distance sensors, a rearview camera, stability control, and ABS brakes.

Rearview Camera:

Shows you what’s behind the car to make reversing safer and easier.

Active Park Assist:

Steers the car for you when you want to parallel park. All you have to do is use the gas and brake pedals.

Blind-Spot Monitoring with Cross-Traffic Alert:

  • Alerts you when a vehicle is in your blind spot or when a car is approaching while you’re backing out of a parking spot.
  • NHTSA Overall Rating – FIVE STARS.
  • The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating:

  • Overall 5 / 5
  • Driver 5 / 5
  • Passenger 4 / 5

Side Crash Rating:

  • Overall 5 / 5

Side Barrier Rating:

  • Overall 5 / 5
  • Driver 5 / 5
  • Passenger 5 / 5

Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings:

  • Front Seat 5 / 5
  • Back Seat 5 / 5

Rollover:

  • Rollover 4 / 5
  • Dynamic Test Result:- No Tip
  • Risk Of Rollover: 11.6%

IIHS Rating

  • The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test Good
  • Roof Strength Test: Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint: Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test: Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test: Good

COMFORT:

The Focus’s compliant ride and quiet cabin make it a segment favorite for relaxed cruising. The hard door armrests (with perfunctory fabric trim) detract from the experience, but this is still one of the most comfortable cars in its price range — for front passengers, at least.

SEAT COMFORT:

The front seats are rather nondescript but prove supportive in regular use, even on longer trips. The thinly padded armrests are disappointing. The rear seats themselves are pleasant enough, but there’s a shortage of rear legroom.

RIDE COMFORT:

Despite the Focus’s advanced age, its suspension is quite possibly the segment’s best at absorbing imperfections. The car rarely feels unsettled. It’s as if you’re gliding over the road, except there’s a consistent sense of control.

NOISE AND VIBRATIONS:

Focus is a class leader in noise insulation. As an electric vehicle, there is no noise the cabin remains silent. On sudden acceleration, electric motor winning noise can be heard quite a bit- which is not a huge deal-breaker.

BEHIND THE WHEEL:

The Focus Electric uses mostly the same high-quality materials as the rest of the Focus range, with one exception. The eco-friendly cloth upholstery is certainly different, but not in a bad way. Leather is an option.

In terms of features, the Focus Electric comes standard with luxuries that cost extra on its lesser siblings, such as dual-zone automatic climate control and the Sync 3 infotainment system. This isn’t a cheap car, but it certainly plays the part of a premium model from the driver’s point of view.
Rear passengers may be less impressed, as the compact dimensions are apparent in the limited headroom and legroom back there. Compared with the conventional hatchback, the Electric loses some cargo capacity because of its trunk-mounted battery pack, providing 14.5 cu ft. behind the rear seats, or a reasonably handy 33.2 cu ft. with those seats folded. The regular Focus hatchback offers 23.3 cu ft. and 43.9 cu ft. respectively.

Handling-wise, the Focus Electric is ultimately a little less capable on account of its fuel-saving tires. Overall, however, it has the same responsive, agile feel as the rest of the family. For those who want to go electric and still have fun, this Ford delivers the goods. The regenerative braking system takes a little getting used to, but that’s typical with electric vehicles and hybrids. The car also deserves high marks for its quiet, supple ride.

DRIVING:

Focus is known for its exceptional driving capabilities. Except the Focus Electric has some benefits over and above the regular Focus when it comes to ride quality; the added 700 lbs from the battery significantly improves the ride quality. It wasn’t bad before, but the weight settles the ride and makes it feel more composed. Of course, the weight penalty does have a negative influence on the handling – one of the combustion Focus’s strongest points, and it doesn’t quite engage the same through quick changes of direction or under hard cornering. The regenerative braking is impressive too, doing its thing without really alerting the driver as to what it’s doing. To that end, for what the average EV commuter will do with it, the Focus Electric offers an exemplary ride and handling, trading in driver focus for composure and a natural feel.

“The Focus Electric has a decent turn of acceleration, but it’s not as much fun to drive as regular models”

The primary problem is the considerable weight of the battery packs at the rear of the car, which has necessitated the addition of significantly stiffer springing. It means the Focus is noticeably firmer over bumps, and an enthusiastic driver will always be conscious of that extra weight at the rear.
The fun is further dampened by brakes that feel grabby and awkward especially around town, which is an unwelcome side-effect of the energy regeneration system.

On the positive side, for drivers who are unimpressed by the regular Focus models’ dynamic advantages, the electric car’s cabin is whisper-quiet and remains calm and relaxed up to motorway speeds.

EXTERIOR:

The Focus looks way better as a five-door hatchback than as a sedan. Even after eight years (although it was restyled for 2015), it’s on the far edge of swoop. Its creases and curves complement the wide-mouth grille. The rising window line adds drama, and the huge taillamps nicely frame the corners. Outside, a one-piece grille with black and chrome accents gives the Focus Electric a distinctive look. Heated side mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, LED signature lighting, and daytime running lights are all standard.

The 2018 Ford Focus Electric offers buyers a mix of style and value. The Focus Electric is a solid domestic option for both the environmental-minded and price-conscious consumer.

You can order your Focus Electric is one of five colors, which are rather restrained shades of white, silver or grey, apart from a brighter (electric) blue. The interior features heavily grooved seat fabrics and everything is in charcoal black.

EMISSIONS:

The battery-electric version of the Ford Focus is powered only by a battery pack recharged from the electricity grid. It has no tailpipe emissions and a lower carbon footprint than its gasoline counterparts even when charged on the dirtiest grids. When recharged on the cleanest grids, including those in California and the Northeast, its carbon footprint is a fraction of its gasoline counterparts’.

MPG of FORD FOCUS ELECTRIC:

2018 Ford Focus Electric Electric 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel
107 combined MPG,118 city MPG/96 Highway MPG.

REASON TO BUY A FORD FOCUS EV:

It keeps your gas consumption in check:

In 2017 a survey was conducted for hybrids and electric cars. Drivers told that they enjoy saving money with their fuel-less and hybrid cars. Your savings will add up. for example, fueleconomy.gov says driving a 2015 Ford Focus Electric can help you save $3,750 over five years of ownership compared to driving an average gasoline-powered vehicle (based on a 15,000-mile-per-year mix of highway and city driving and current fuel prices).

Extended mileage on a charge:

With advances in battery technology, the range of electric cars seems to grow with each passing year. The Ford Focus Electric’s range on a single charge varies from 76 miles for the 2015 Ford Focus Electric to more than 100 miles for the 2017 Ford Focus Electric.** While much depends on how you drive and how you use its amenities (like the heater or heated seats), this is typically more than enough for a commute to work or school.

It does not require a special charger:

Charging stations are popping up all over the country as cars like the 2014 Ford Focus Electric become more popular. What’s even more convenient, though, is the ability to charge the Ford Focus Electric car at your home, overnight, using a standard 120v outlet. Just be sure to allow for the extra time to do this, since according to Ford, it can take about 20 hours to top off your battery using regular wall current. Several chargers are available from a variety of companies and are designed to dramatically reduce the charge time. For example, according to Ford, a 2016 Focus Electric battery can be recharged in about 3.6 hours at a 240v charging station­.

Keep in mind that when you’re driving an electric car like the Ford Focus Electric, you’re recovering energy every time you apply the brakes; this regenerative braking feature helps put chargeback in your battery — and you can see just how much energy you’re plugging back in on your easy-to-read instrument cluster’s readout.

Styling similar to focus fans:

If you want an electric vehicle that won’t compromise on conventional hatchback style, the Ford Focus Electric fits the bill. Sure, some specific gas-powered Focus features are missing, like grill vents and tailpipes. But otherwise, unless you know where to find the external charging port, it’s tough to tell a Ford Focus Electric from the gasoline model when they’re parked next to each other. If you’re looking to drive an electric car that doesn’t scream ‘Look at me, I’m driving an electric car!’ the Focus Electric lets you keep your EV profile low-key.

The interior layout is conventional too:

Inside the Ford Focus Electric car, you’ll find familiar features that help keep your drives comfortable. In addition to the cloth seats that come standard, leather seats are available as part of upgraded feature packages. There are ample head and legroom for five adults, plus the 2017 model offers the option to change the color of the cabin’s interior lighting to suit your mood.

It’s responsive:

If there’s one thing that a Ford Focus electric car driver won’t have to worry about, their cars can hold their own on the highway. The official zero-to-60 time is just shy of 10 seconds for all of the Ford Focus Electric cars when new, and the 2014 Ford Focus Electric’s motor puts out the equivalent of 143 horsepower, which gives the car plenty of power. According to Car & Driver magazine, it takes less than 18 seconds for the 2017 Focus Electric to travel a quarter-mile.

It’s comfortable:

When you test drive a Ford Focus Electric car, expect a quiet ride. Without an exhaust system or a transmission that’s always changing gears, this electric vehicle certainly delivers that experience. And its suspension is similar to what you’ll find on a conventional Ford Focus — it helps you weather all the bumps and dips.

It has built-in efficiency parameters:

Calling the Ford Focus Electric a “smart” vehicle isn’t too much of a stretch. This is because the engineers built it with conservation in mind. In addition to capping the rate of acceleration to conserve battery life, Car & Driver reports the 2016 Ford Focus Electric has a top speed of 85 mph. Yes, the Ford Focus Electric’s performance will never be confused with that of a highway-scorching hot-hatch like the Ford Focus RS or Focus ST. Efficiency is its reason for being.

It’s chock full of features:

Drivers will be pleased to know that Ford patterned this electric vehicle after its gas-fueled brother, the Ford Focus. The Ford Focus Electric has a lot to offer, including:

  • Xenon headlights
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Ford Focus Electric mobile app that helps you monitor your vehicle’s status
  • LED taillights
  • Sync voice-command functionality
  • Bluetooth®
  • Nine-speaker Sony® audio system
  • Heated front seats
  • MyFord Touch® infotainment system with touchscreen and battery monitoring
  • Rearview camera
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Seven airbags including in the front, driver knee, front side, and full-length side curtain
  • Electronic traction and stability control
  • Dual-zone, automatic climate control
  • Available package options in the newer Ford Focus Electric cars include an upgrade to leather seats, bundled with a center armrest for back-seat passengers, and a six-way, power-adjustable driver seat.

BUYING TIP:

THE FORD FOCUS ELECTRIC ISNT AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE: BEWARE OF LOCAL DEALERS THAT CNNOT SERVICE IT IF YOU HAVE TO BUY FROM A MORE DISTANT DEALERSHIP.

PROS:

  • Handsome design has aged well
  • Sporty roadholding
  • Quieter than gasoline Focus
  • Competitive range rating
  • Rides comfortably over bumps
  • Sporty steering and handling around turns
  • Interior stays quiet at highway speeds
  • Lots of upscale and high-tech options

CONS:

  • Badly compromised cargo bay
  • Limited regional availability
  • Tight back seat for adults

WARRANTY:

All Ford vehicles come with the manufacturer’s standard three-year/60,000 mile warranty.

FINAL VERDICT:

There’s only one trim level, so that choice is simple. We recommend the 240-volt fast-charging option. The more vexing question is whether to choose a rival instead. There would be more thrills driving this than, say, the Kia Soul EV. But buyers of electric cars tend not to place much importance on the thrill factor.

SPECS:

  • Battery :- 33.5-kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion
  • Motor:- 107-kW electric Horsepower/torque equivalent: 143 hp/184 lb.-ft. of torque with single-speed transmission EPA-estimated fuel economy equivalent 4 118 city/96 hwy/107 combined MPGe

DIMENSIONS:

Exterior:

  • Wheelbase: 104.3″
  • Length: 172.9″
  • Height : 58.2″
  • Width: Including mirrors 80.5″
  • Width: Mirrors folded 74.1″

Interior: Front/Rear

  • Head room:- 38.3″/38.0″
  • Leg room:- 43.1″ (max.)/33.2″
  • Hip room:- 53.9″/52.8″
  • Shoulder room :- 55.6″/52.6″

Capacities (cu. ft.):

  • Passenger volume: 90.0
  • Cargo volume behind front seats: 33.2
  • Cargo volume behind rear seats: 14.2

Mechanical:

  • 33.5-kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery system
  • 120V convenience charge cord
  • 6.6-kW onboard charger
  • Combined Charging System (CCS) charge port capable of 120V, 240V and direct current (DC Fast Charge)
  • Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS)
  • Front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • Regenerative Braking System with 4-wheel disc Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

Driver-Assist Technology:

  • Autolamp
  • Hill start assist
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • SYNC® 3 with 8″ color LCD capacitive touchscreen in center stack, 911 Assist,® AppLink,® Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, Android Auto™ compatibility, and 2 smart-charging USB ports

Seating:

  • 5-passenger seating
  • 4-way-adjustable front and 2-way-adjustable rear head restraints
  • 6-way manual driver seat
  • 4-way manual front-passenger seat
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40 split-fold rear seat

Interior:

  • 12V powerpoints (2)
  • Audio System from Sony® with 9 speakers and HD Radio™ Technology SiriusXM® Radio with 6-month All Access trial subscription1
  • Voice-activated Navigation System with pinch-to-zoom capability, and integrated SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link® with 5-year subscription1 Ambient lighting
  • Cabin air filtration system
  • Cruise control
  • Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control
  • Front and rear carpeted floor mats
  • Front center console with storage, armrest and 2 cupholders
  • Intelligent Access with push-button start
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob
    Leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise, audio and 5-way controls Manual-tilt/-telescoping steering column
  • MyFord® Mobile app with 3-year service agreement
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/-down feature
  • Remote Start System with cabin air preconditioning
  • SmartGauge® with EcoGuide

Exterior:

  • 17″ 15-spoke Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum wheels with P225/50R17LRR tires
  • Body-color, power, heated sideview mirrors with integrated blind spot mirrors, turn signal indicators and security approach lamps
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps with LED signature lighting LED taillamps
  • Rear-window defroster
  • Tire inflator and sealant kit

Safety & Security:

  • Personal Safety System™ for driver and front passenger includes dual-stage front airbags,2 safety belt pretensioners, safety belt energy-management retractors, safety belt usage sensors, driver’s seat position sensor, crash severity sensor, restraint control module and Front-Passenger

Sensing System

  • Driver’s knee, front-seat side, and 2-row side-curtain airbags
  • 3-point safety belts for all seating positions
  • AdvanceTrac® electronic stability control
  • Battery saver
  • Belt-Minder® front safety belt reminder
  • Child-safety rear door locks
  • Illuminated Entry System LATCH – Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children (rear seat positions)
  • MyKey® technology to help encourage responsible driving
  • Perimeter alarm
  • Rear view camera with backup-assist grid lines
  • SecuriLock® Passive Anti-Theft System
  • Side-intrusion door beams SOS Post-Crash Alert System™
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Available Options:

  • Charge cord bag by THULE®3
  • Full vehicle cover
  • Leather-trimmed seats with 8-way power driver’s seat

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