Although electric power might still be something of a novelty, it has found its way into decidedly mainstream vehicles like the Ford Focus. Everything that made the stylish compact a success in the first place is present in the Focus Electric except a gasoline engine. That means you won't go as far or as fast, but your days of buying and burning fossil fuel will be over.
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2015 Ford Focus Electric Overview
What's New for 2015
The Focus Electric gets a mildly restyled exterior and a new dashboard layout. The suspension and steering systems have been tweaked for better response.
Choosing Your Ford Focus Electric
The Focus Electric is powered by a 143-horsepower electric motor that's fed by a lithium-ion battery pack and paired with a single-speed automatic transmission You're good to travel for up to 76 miles on a full charge. Top speed is limited to 84 mph, but the Electric can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds, which matches some gasoline-powered compacts. Recharging a fully depleted battery pack takes about four hours on a 240-volt home charging station.
The Electric comes only as a hatchback (there is no sedan version) and is heavily equipped relative to other Focus models. Standard fare includes a rearview camera, keyless ignition, remote start, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors and a 10-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio. In terms of technology, you get a navigation system and the MyFord Touch infotainment interface. Exclusive to the Electric are xenon headlamps, LED taillamps and specific 17-inch aluminum wheels.
Like many EVs, the Focus Electric comes only "one way." The only factory option to consider is leather upholstery, which automatically comes with a power driver seat.
Ford recently reduced the price of the Focus Electric by a whopping $6,000. Add that to previous cuts, and the Electric is now $10,000 cheaper than when it debuted back in 2012. Also keep in mind that you may qualify for a federal tax credit up to $7,500, in addition to any state or local incentives where you live.