2012 Focus EV

Discussion in 'American Cars' started by GT40 2, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. #1 GT40 2, Jan 7, 2011
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    After a lengthy build-up, Ford finally unveiled its tech-heavy Ford Focus Electric this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Promising half the charge time of a Nissan Leaf and an 84 mph top speed, the Focus Electric should hit markets in North Ameirca in 2012 and Europe by 2013.

    Ford hasn’t issued an official on-sale date, but it did confirm that North American Focus Electrics will be built at its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.

    From the outside, few changes were made over the automaker’s standard 2012 Ford Focus five-door hatchback. A simpler, smoother front fascia with a wide stylistic grille design, special wheels, badging and a charging port located on the front left fender are all that sets the Focus Electric apart from its gasoline and diesel (Europe) counterparts. Ford hasn’t announced detailed trim specifications, but we expect at least a couple of Electric-exclusive paint colors to show up.

    Inside, things are mostly standard 2012 Focus as well, aside from the front instrument cluster. Borrowing its basic style from the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford Edge, the three-panel instrument cluster displays a myriad of driver information. Ford’s MyFord Touch system will be capable of displaying battery state of charge, estimated range and the location of a charging point. Instead of the “growing vine” in the Fusion Hybrid that represents eco-minded driving, the Focus Electric will feature blue butterflies to show a larger range.

    The built-in navigation system can help drivers pick the most efficient route to their intended destination in order to save charge.

    The Focus Electric uses LG Chem-developed batteries that feature an active liquid system to heat or chill a coolant to keep the battery pack at its optimal temperature. The 23 KWh lithium-ion batteries help propel a 123 horsepower, 181 lb-ft. of torque electric motor through a single-speed transmission. The front-wheel-drive hatchback will feature other energy-saving technologies, like electric power steering, and regenerative four-wheel disc brakes.

    Weighing in at 3,691 lbs., the Focus Electric is slightly heavier than its gas-powered counterpart.

    The EV can be charged with either a 120 or 240V outlet. To take advantage of the 240V capability, Ford has created a fast charger that it says will be able to fully recharge the car in under four hours. With a standard 120V wall outlet, however, Ford estimates charge time at a rather lengthy 18-20 hours.

    Look for more details on the Focus Electric to be made public over the following months.

  2. Small cars are already good on fuel, why the hell arent car companies making large EVs?
  3. EEEEHHH 3,691 lbs.
  4. Woah i had no idea small cars had become this heavy. Some years ago thats what the bigger sedans weighed :-O
  5. Two of the most badass things in one vehicle
    A sure winner
  6. anyone notice how pretty it is? ford is miles ahead of gm and that other horrible brand
  7. This is where it's at. Making electric just a powertrain option. I think the novelty of EVs all being their own specific model will wear off quickly, as it has with hybrids to a large degree. Seems like the development cost would be too.
  8. Seriously. I always thought the same thing with hybrids. Larger vehicles benefit the most and are the worst to begin with. Think full EV Tahoe or something. Would save the owner a fortune on gas.

    At some point, even fleet sales could soar because of the lower cost of operating EVs. Assuming they could get the purchase price down to where the operating costs offset the higher up front of course.
  9. It weighs more than my Taurus did.
  10. You should upgrade.
  11. Remember this thing? It weighed in at 3,700lbs
  12. that front is from an aston martin db9.
  13. My dad worked on this program for awhile. He says they're still nowhere near close to getting the range out of them they want.
  14. Good. If you're gonna copy something, get it from a beautiful car.
  15. true
  16. i believe what you are talking about is called 'progression'
  17. doesnt suit the car though

  18. There's no progress here, it's just hippy nonsense

    Hey let's make really heavy hybird cars and burn coal to charge batteries

  19. The point is you don't HAVE to burn coal to make electricity, but you DO have to burn fossil fuel to power an internal-combustion engine.
  20. Wind popper is an eco-hippies pipe dream, so let's get real here.

    Nobody is going to be plugging their electric car into a solar panel and charging it up. You're going to be buying it from an electric comany that's burning coal and you're going to tell yourself that it came from a wind turbine so you sleep better at night.

    Instead of making 3,800lb hatchbacks with 115hp gas engines and 1,200lbs of electric crap why not build 2,200lb hatchbacks with 115hp gas engines
  21. 85% of my electricity is hydroelectric.
  22. It's less of a pipe dream than nuclear fusion. Its current hurdles are surmountable, so long as we get past the NIMBY problem (though what energy source DOESN'T suffer from this?).

    Again, you COULD charge a car using solar. Just because we do not do so currently does not mean that it could not be done on a wider scale in the future. These cars are an investment in car technology, not in electrical generation technology. It is hoped that the car will be ready when grid technology catches up. Also, we have a more abundant supply of coal than we do oil or natural gas, so there is still a benefit to using electricity to power cars over crude-oil based fuels. Unless you want to turn coal into oil, which has been done, but introduces an additional inefficiency to the chain.

    Because that doesn't solve the oil supply problem. And you have to figure out how to make a practically-sized hatchback with all of the amenities that today's buyers want, while still passing the demanding safety tests cars undergo nowadays while still coming in at a shade over 2,000lbs. Even a Mazda2 comes in heavier, and it's not exactly Focus-sized.
  23. EVs are cool but USA #1 is already trying to make a profit out of it; charging for parking space near charging stations, charging more for the electricity used to charge, etc.

    in the end, it will suck.
  24. This is going to #$%# up the power grid.
  25. to charge the LEAF, it takes the same power as 2 hair-dryer. So it depends on where the grid is, in an energy-hungry place where people have the AC on a full force all the time, this won't change a thing.

    in a small neighborhood where everyone has LEAF cars, it might screw the transformer indeed.

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