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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:26 am

Finally looks like FFE is ready. May be in a couple of months they will actually start selling them.
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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:31 am

Any report on heater design? Is it more efficient then Leaf's?
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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:42 am

The Verge.com has a review on it and heating is also an issue. Noticed that they stated the range was about 73 miles. I would not pay for 40k for any version of a Focus. I think people will be hesitant at something that looks like any other Focus for the most part. I bought a Ford when I was in h.s. and after paid off, everything went wrong and got rid of it. For that and also owning a Chrysler in the past with nothing but trouble, I refuse to buy any American car.

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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:48 am

evnow wrote:No word on trunk space or anything like that.

I doubt it has changed from these earlier pictures which looks like the FFE has half the trunk space vs. the ICE model

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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:04 pm

I wonder how Ed Begley Jr feels now about backing Ford instead of Nissan. I assume he is one of the three people who actually took delivery.

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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:01 pm

padamson1 wrote:
evnow wrote:No word on trunk space or anything like that.

I doubt it has changed from these earlier pictures which looks like the FFE has half the trunk space vs. the ICE model

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Sorry but, is not a trunk. Fail!!!! My G27 convertible had more room than that even when the top down.

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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:06 pm

Any mention of QC by Ford??? This car is definitely getting released at an "interesting" time regarding QC format pledges.
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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:11 pm

TRONZ wrote:Any mention of QC by Ford??? This car is definitely getting released at an "interesting" time regarding QC format pledges.


No QC. But - they charge at double the rate of Leaf ;-)
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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:02 pm

Boomer23 wrote:Edmunds also has a first drive impression. They are not as enthusiastic about the drive as Wired seems to be. And since Edmunds reviews cars for a living, I'd trust their impression more:

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None of this, however, makes it a remotely good thing to drive. The 2012 Ford Focus Electric may have a slightly longer range than the Nissan Leaf and be even more energy-efficient, but at least the Nissan feels unique from behind the wheel, thanks in no small part to the fact that all of its major masses are centralized low down between the wheels.

Not so in the Focus. Because it's an adaptation of an existing car, Ford had to put the heavy stuff where it fit, which means not only does the Focus Electric have to carry another few hundred pounds of weight, it's all where you don't want it, at the far ends of the car.

Perhaps it would not be so notable were the normal Focus not such an engaging car to drive. The Focus Electric just seems heavy and slow-witted by comparison. Nor is it going to set your heart aflame in a straight line. Like all electric cars it promises much between zero and 20 mph, but it's given its best by 40 mph and is starting to flag at 60 mph. Ford says it tops out at 84 mph and it sensibly declines to post any official acceleration claims.


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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:59 pm

MrIanB wrote:Sorry but, is not a trunk. Fail!!!! My G27 convertible had more room than that even when the top down.
Well that's the trade-off when you re-use an ICE platform, there wasn't any place else to put the battery. But by sharing most of the non-drive-train parts they saved design and manufacturing costs which is reflected in the lower price. Oh hold it FAIL.

However I bet insurances costs will be less for the FFE compared to the LEAF as replacement body parts (shared with the ICE) will be significantly cheaper .

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