2012 Ford Focus Electric
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Might buy the Versa instead

by from Sylva, NC on March 31, 2017

I bought this car based on my positive experience of my 2014 Focus gas. The 2012 Focus EV that I purchased for $9500 had just come off a lease and had just over 20,000 miles. Needless to say the pric...
I bought this car based on my positive experience of my 2014 Focus gas. The 2012 Focus EV that I purchased for $9500 had just come off a lease and had just over 20,000 miles. Needless to say the price I paid was about a quarter of the MSRP and made it a geat value. Other than one recall for faulty door latches I have had no mechanical problems in the 10 months I have owned the car. Pros: At my electricity rates where I live I can easily charge my car for less than a dollar and under the right conditions can go 70 plus miles. One of the reasons I chose this car over the Versa was the exterior styling of the car. To me it has a sleeker appearance than the Versa, but this is matter of opinion. The front seating is comfortable and the controls are easy to reach. The car has very good 0-60mph pick up and I have never struggled merging into traffic. The car handles well, but has a wider turning radius the my Focus gas. I don't know if this is because of changes between the 2012-2014 models or because of the diffrerence in weight distribution between the gas and electric models. The SYNC entertainment system took some getting used to, but once you figure it out, it's an O.K. system. Cons: First let me say I live in a moderately rural area in N.C. . To give you an idea of my drive I am in the mountains and am 12 miles from my local city of 10,000 people. Some of my cons would not be pertinent to someone that lives in a big city or in a year long warm climate. On a full charge during warm months I can reasonably expect to go about 70 miles on a full charge. The A/C seems to have little impact on that mileage. When the temperature drops below 50F, the mileage takes a substantial hit by an estimated 10% for every 10 degrees, and using the heat adds probably another 5% drop. For that reason when it gets cold I normally find myself using my the gas Focus and if I do drive the EV I turn the heater on and off when the car gets a little warm inside to try to extend the mileage. This makes for a much more uncomfortable drive. One reason I might choose a Versa over the Focus would be that this car seems to be a gas car that they yanked the gas motor out and put an electric motor in, and not designed from the ground up as an EV like the Versa. My driveway is gravel and about 1/3 mile long. It is pretty level except for about 200' that has a moderate grade. My gas Focus never had any problems on this grade, but the EV tires would slip and spin telling me this car is rear heavy. A Versa owner nearby at my request drove up my driveway and had no problems. I finally had to put paved runners up this section to assist my E.V. at a substantial cost. The battery takes up a very large portion of the rear of this hatch so this might be something you need to explore. The back seat is very cramped for adults but would probably be fine for young children. This car has the worst low beam headlights I have ever used. Somehow Ford has defied physics and managed to stop light rays at about 50 feet. It is almost pitch dark about 50 feet in front in dark conditions. My local Ford dealer says the lights are not adjustable.This might not be a problem if you live in a well lite city. On the flip side this car has the best high beams of any car I have ever owned. Driving down my local backroads I am constantly having to switch between high and low beams as I come across appoaching traffic. Summary: I hope it doesn't sound like I am unhappy about purchasing this car because I am not. Most of the complaints I have would not be a problem if I lived in a big city. This is my first EV and don't forsee myself ever not having one unless a cheaper fuel source comes along or electricity rates go crazy. You do have to plan some of your trips and in my rural location I could not make it only with this vehicle. If you live in a similar location / climate as me and don't have access to a gas vehicle I would definitely recommend you look at a hybrid or one of the new lon
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Ford's best kept secret

by from Columbia, MD on April 18, 2015

I love my new Ford Focus EV. I test drove one back in 2012 and liked it better than the Nissan Leaf. It has a more attractive inside, felt more solid than the Leaf and looks better on the outside as w...
I love my new Ford Focus EV. I test drove one back in 2012 and liked it better than the Nissan Leaf. It has a more attractive inside, felt more solid than the Leaf and looks better on the outside as well. I recently bought a used 2012 for half the price of new. I don't know why Ford doesn't market this car more aggressively, it's highly competitive with any EV out there. That's another reason why I chose it above the Leaf - I want folks to know it exists!
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A really practical electric car

by from Cincinnati, Ohio on June 22, 2014

I bought a used 2012 Focus Electric with only 5,600 miles, in June 2014 for $20,000. I chose it because 1. it has a very useful range (75 miles) that perfectly fits my needs (30 mile round trip commut...
I bought a used 2012 Focus Electric with only 5,600 miles, in June 2014 for $20,000. I chose it because 1. it has a very useful range (75 miles) that perfectly fits my needs (30 mile round trip commute plus errands) 2. it looks great and not odd like some other electric cars and 3. it has a very high end set of interior features: Nav, Voice Control, Bluetooth, Sirius XM, heated seats, heated mirrors, rain sensing wipers, auto headlight, ...these are all standard. I strongly recommend the car especially as a low miles used car, it's great value. It is very cheap to operate: Costs me about $2.50 for 75 miles. It drives well. My only criticism is the trunk is small and the rear seat legroom is small. But for a commute car it is nearly perfect.
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Ford Electric Focus

by from New Hope, MN on August 12, 2013

Very happy with the Ford Electric Focus. I installed a Level 2 charger and the car charges in less than 3 hours. The regenerative braking adds energy back into the batteries at a rate of about 1 mile ...
Very happy with the Ford Electric Focus. I installed a Level 2 charger and the car charges in less than 3 hours. The regenerative braking adds energy back into the batteries at a rate of about 1 mile of energy for every 1 block of braking. My longest trip has been 64.2 miles, had 83 miles on the battery at the start of the trip and had 25 miles on the battery at the end of the trip.
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The perfect car for my current needs.

by from Saint Louis, MO on April 7, 2013

I found a 2012 Ford Focus Electric in Saint Louis, MO. It was a pre-owned with only 1K miles. I test drove one at the auto show, and liked it very much. It is loaded with everything you can think of. ...
I found a 2012 Ford Focus Electric in Saint Louis, MO. It was a pre-owned with only 1K miles. I test drove one at the auto show, and liked it very much. It is loaded with everything you can think of. Performance is great, and fits my daily drive of 25 miles or so. The range is in the mid seventies. I charge with the 120V, and I am able to have a full charge every day. Sony sound system is fantastic and the Ford MyTouch works great with my S2 phone. The leather seats are very comfortable, and it has power driver seat. Great handling and acceleration, even at highway speed. From a stop, the torque is a beast! Great looks and great engineering! Not a lot of storage, but I can always lower one of the back seats to fit anything extra large. I do not miss the gas station! Great job Ford!
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