Ford flew me out to Dearborn, Michigan to see the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, C-Max Energi and C-Max Hybrid cars, in addition to a highly anticipated model that I can’t talk about or else a guy named Lefty will show up at my front door with a violin case. In addition to touring the Ford plant, I hung out inside a Ford Focus Electric with Chad D’Arcy, Ford Focus Electric Marketing Manager.
Compared to the Nissan Leaf, the Ford Focus Electric will offer over 100 MPGe (Miles Per Gallon Equivalent) and its 23kWh lithium-ion battery charges in half the time (3-4 hours) via a 240v outlet. With a top speed of 80MPH, the Ford Focus Electric is a modest mouse and its trunk space leaves much to be desired, but I was highly impressed by the structural integrity of the vehicle from bumper to bumper.
The nifty thing about the Focus Electric is that there’s only one trim option, and that’s to add leather seats. Sony audio, USB/SD/Analog Video connections, Ford Sync and rain-activated wipers will come standard. If you opt for the fabric seats and interior, you can sleep soundly knowing that it’s made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials, and Ford has set a 25% clean material target for the entire car.
Hopefully I’ll have my hands on a Ford Focus Electric for a full review around the corner, but in the meantime, check out the video above for more on the Ford Focus Electric.
Special thanks to Jeffrey Powers from Geekazine for filming!