First Look: Ford Focus Electric…Impressive!
The first thing you notice looking at the Focus Electric from the back is the absense of tailpipes. No gas motor means that when the car is idling it is completely silent..and stays that way when it pulls away from the curb.
This is an impressive car..comfortable to drive and as you saw in the video..quiet. The cabin displays are aimed at helping you use this car the most efficiently to get as much of the 160Km range as possible. On the left of the speedometer a display shows your braking efficiency..in other words how much of the possible regenerative effect are you getting out of your braking technique..thinking ahead and slowing down to gentle stops are the best. On the right efficient acceleration and driving produces more butterflies..we don’t have any butterflies because everyone testing it wanted to experience the impressive torque and fast acceleration…fun but not the most efficient way to drive an electric..at least if you want to get the best range.
The My Ford Touch based navigation system helps reduce “range anxiety” experienced by new owners of electric vehicles. After adding you driving destinations, including your next charge point, into the Navigation System, the car will coach you on how to achieve the desired range – or if travel plans need to be adjusted. The on-board Navigation System provides an EcoRoute option based on characteristics of efficient EV driving. It will warn you based on your actions if you can complete your trip without charging suggest itinerary changes finally point out the location of public charging stations. Speaking of which..you can get a full charge on the Focus Electric using a 220 Volt charging station in four hours..half the time required by other electric.
The Ford Focus Electric will be at selected Ford Stores by the summer..the price starts at just under $42,000 and there is a Government rebate of $8000. In Quebec Hydro Quebec is offering to pay 50% (up to $2000) of the cost of the recommended 220 Volt charging system. Ford has partnered with Best Buy for the sale of these charging stations..the price is $1600 and installation cost will vary with your situation.
On first blush I really liked this car..I expect to get it for a full trial shortly so watch for my full review. However, if you want a personal preview in Montreal, drop in at the Ford tent at Projet ÉCOSPHÈRE Saturday and Sunday May 18 & 19 at Technopôle Angus, 2600, rue William-Tremblay