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2015 Ford Focus Electric

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/30/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

All 2015 Ford Focus Electric models gain four new colors: Magnetic Metallic, Tectonic Metallic, Performance Blue Metallic, and Ruby Red Tinted Tricoat Metallic. Ford's Sync infotainment system, a rearview camera, the MyKey system, a leather-wrapped handbrake handle, door locks with auto lock, rear disc brakes, hill start assist, perimeter alarm, and HD radio are now standard features. The car's taillights, tailgate, lower rear fascia, spoiler, center floor console, instrument panel center stack, and climate controls are all redesigned for the 2015 model year.

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Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Ford Focus Electric is the EV variant of the Focus lineup and is powered by a permanent magnetic motor with 143 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque routed through a single-speed transmission. The car's lithium-ion batteries can be fully charged in less than four hours with a 240-volt, 40-amp power source and it has an estimated range of 76 miles on a single charge.

Overview

Despite weighing around 600-700 pounds more than the gas-powered model, the Focus Electric drives as well as a regular Focus. While it isn't the most agile, the car handles well with good steering feel and good acceleration from the electric powertrain, which achieves full torque from 0 rpm. Refinement is also a strong point thanks to its quiet cabin and excellent ride quality, making it feel different from its gasoline-powered stablemate.

What We Think

For buyers interested in an electric vehicle with good driving dynamics, the Ford Focus Electric is a good choice as it retains the handling characteristics of the gas-powered model. In a 2012 First Drive review, we said that despite its added weight, the car handles well, rides better, and "feels noticeably more substantial than its gasoline version." Additionally, it doesn't have the "fishiness" usually associated with regenerative braking systems. However, it's expensive at around $30,000 for an electric hatchback with limited range and a top speed of 80 mph.

You'll Like

  • Retains the gas-powered Focus's driving dynamics
  • Instruments and gauges are filled that promote efficient driving
  • Doesn't many of the quirks associated with electric and hybrid vehicles

You Won't Like

  • Limited range
  • Expensive

Key Competitors

  • Chevrolet Spark EV
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Fiat 500e
  • Mitsubishi i-MIEV
  • Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

Rating

4 star

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