Ford Focus Electric

Full Electric
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Updates for 2017 mean the Ford Focus Electric is a contender once again.

Range

Based on EPA cycle

115miles (185 kms)

Battery

33.5kWh

Latest Model Year

2018

Price

MSRP - Manufacturers Recommended Retail Price

US$29,120

Performance

Top Speed84 mph
Acceleration9.9 seconds (0-60 mph)
Torque184 lb-ft
Power107 kW

Charging

Home Charging*5.5 hours
Fastcharge PortCCS
Fastcharge Speed
*Home charging speeds require a wall-mounted charger to be fitted. While EVs can be plugged directly into your normal wall outlets, charging is very slow.
MORE ABOUT CHARGING
There are multiple ways to charge an EV:

Slow (Home and some Public Chargers)

Each EV has an inbuilt charger capable of receiving AC power. The charging port could have different fittings depending on where you are in the world. Even the same vehicle model sold in different countries could have different implementations.

Type 1 (SAE J1772 or "J Plug")

This plug is common in Australasia, Asia, the US and Canada.

Type 2 (IEC 62196 or "Mennekes")

This plug is common in Europe.

Fast Charging

Only available in some public chargers, this uses DC power to charge the battery directly. Each EV has a maximum speed at which it can be charged, and batteries are only fastcharged up to 80% capacity to ensure battery health. There are a number of different port configurations.

Many fast chargers will have multiple connectors, and power capacity (which is increasing as the technology improves).

CCS (Combined Charging System)
CCS ports are a combination of the slow charging port and an extra 2-pin socket. Therefore they can be either Type 1 or Type 2.

Type 1 CCS Combo
Type 2 CCS Combo

CHAdeMo

Developed in Japan, the CHAdeMO is common in vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf.

Tesla

Tesla developed their own fastcharge connector, although in some countries without proprietary Tesla chargers, the vehicle has a cable to adapt to CHAdeMO or Type 2 CCS.

How Fast Can An EV Charge?

Slow charging (home and public)
Slow charging is limited by the lower of: the EV's onboard charging speed, or the output of the wall-mounted charger you are plugged into. Charging speed is measured in kilowatts(kW). For example: your wall-mounted charger can output 32 Amps at 240 volts = 7.68 kW of power, however your EV's onboard charger is 6.6 kW - then that is the maximum speed. The higher the battery capacity, the more time it takes to charge.

Fast charging
DC fast chargers are being built with higher capacities, however this is still limited by the hardware limitations the EV manufacturer has placed on the battery. Most DC fast chargers start at 40kW (many have a much higher capacity).

Specs

Body TypeHatchback
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity91 cu-ft
Cargo Capacity14 cu-ft

Sales Numbers (USA)

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Cumulative Sales to Date (USA)

Ford Focus Electric Pros & Cons

Ford has recently given its compliance car, the Focus Electric, some much-needed upgrades which have brought it back up to at least the middle of the pack.

The Focus Electric now has DC charging capabilities and a 115-mile range, up from its abysmal 76-mile range. This increase in range is thanks to a larger battery pack, up by 46% from 23 kWh to 33.5 kWh.

Not the Fastest EV

The Focus Electric’s new battery powers the 107 kW motor, which produces 184 ft-lb of torque and sends it to the front wheels.

The Focus’ top speed of 84 mph is pretty standard for this category, but its 0-60 mph time of 9.9 seconds leaves a bit to be desired.

Although it’s not the fastest EV in this category, the Focus does offer the same good road holding ability that the gas model is known for. Ford has placed the battery pack under the floorboard, helping to keep the center of gravity low.

Good Improvements

To be fair, all aspects of the Focus Electric seem to have improved with this update.

Its energy efficiency has also risen from 105 to 107 MPGe combined. Unlike some of its competitors, namely the Nissan Leaf, the Focus Electric has a liquid cooling system, which should make it more resistant to extreme temperatures.

Other features have also had an overhaul, like the MyFord Touch system, which has been done away with in favor of Sync 3, Ford’s latest voice-activated infotainment system.

Slow Charging

Using a level 2 charger, at 240v, it will take 5.5 – 6 hours to fully charge the Focus or 30 hours using a level 1, 120v charger.

Luckily, the Focus Electric will charge at a rate of up to 50 kW when using a CSS fast charging station.

Standard Interior Room

The Focus Electric seats 5 with ease and passengers should find enough room in its 91 cubic feet of space. The cargo capacity, however, is a bit below industry standard, at just 14 cubic feet.

Just Staying With Its Competitors…

Ford is doing whats necessary to ensure the Focus Electric doesn’t fall too far behind the competition, like the Volkswagen eGolf or Hyundai’s Ioniq Electric.

Manufacturer Sales Page

www.ford.com

Credit to insideevs.com for sales data.