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2017 Ford Focus Electric Overview

James Flammang
Contributing Editor - December 20, 2016

Electric power is nothing new for Ford’s popular Focus compact. The stylish hatchback has been available in gasoline-free form since 2011, sharing seasonal improvements with the rest of the Focus line. You might not be able to go as far or as fast in the Focus Electric, but your days of buying and burning fossil fuel will be over.

What's New for 2017

Rather than add the usual sort of new comfort/convenience features, Ford has given its Focus Electric a feature that will be especially welcome: increased range. Instead of the previous 76-mile EPA-estimated driving range, the 2017 model can go as far as 115 miles on a single charge. A new fast-charge system can provide 75 miles of range after only 30 minutes of charging.

Ford Focus Electric

Choosing Your Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric

As in previous years, the Focus Electric is powered by a 143-horsepower (107-kW) electric motor that's fed by a lithium-ion battery pack and paired with a single-speed automatic transmission In its 2017 form, you can expect to travel up to 115 miles on a full charge. Top speed is limited to 84 mph, which of course is higher than anyone ever needs on U.S. roads. The battery pack is now rated at 33.5 kWh, more than 40 percent higher than before, but with no increase in size.

A Focus Electric can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about 9.6 seconds, which rivals some gasoline-powered compacts. Recharging a fully depleted battery pack takes about 5.5 hours on a 240-volt, 30-amp home charging station. The EPA estimates equivalent fuel economy at 118/96 MPGe (city/highway).

Ford Focus Electric

Since the comparatively large battery pack would virtually eliminate the sedan body's trunk, the Electric comes only as a hatchback, with up to 34 cubic feet of cargo space. It's also lavishly equipped relative to other Focus models. Standard fare includes a rearview camera, keyless access and ignition, remote start, heated front seats, heated mirrors, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, two smart-charging USB ports, rear parking sensors, and a nine-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio.

In terms of technology, you get a voice-activated navigation system and Ford’s latest SYNC 3 infotainment interface. Exclusive to the Focus Electric are xenon headlights, LED taillights, and specific 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Like many EVs, the Focus Electric comes just “one way,” priced at $29,995 (destination charge included) with virtually everything standard. The only factory option to consider is leather upholstery ($1,080), which automatically comes with a power driver seat.

CarsDirect Tip

A series of price cuts has kept the Focus Electric downright affordable for a well-equipped EV. With only one major option to consider, it’s an easy car to buy, as well as to drive. Also, keep in mind that depending on your tax situation, you might qualify for a federal tax credit up to $7,500. That’s in addition to any state or local incentives where you live.

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