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.
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.