This is the first pure electric car from Ford but it has been on sale in the United States for a couple of years. At just over £28,500 ($46,000) after the UK Government grant, the Focus Electric is one of the most expensive EVs on the market but is it worth the price?
It is a 5-door electric car that can seat 5 people and the interior looks very similar to the regular Focus models from Ford barring of course the unique dials found in all electric cars. It consists of a single speedometer with a pair of digital screens that show your energy consumption and driving data.
The standard kit includes a sat-nav system, reversing camera, part leather seats and Sony DAB stereo and while this is all nice to have, we don’t think it justifies the large price tag. On the plus side, the powerpack is very smooth and refined and the cabin silence is something you would need to pay a lot more for in a typical car. The battery reduces the boot size to around 237 litres which should still be enough for daily use.
The Ford Focus Electric has a kerb weight of 1700kg which gives the suspension springs a solid base and enables it to impressively absorb bumps. You should get a range approaching 100 miles on a full charge along with a top speed of 85mph. However, the steering wheel does have a tendency to squirm in your hands while you accelerate and the brakes feel more than a bit grabby.
The pair of lithium-ion batteries used in the Focus Electric weigh 300kg combined yet the car’s straight line performance is reasonably good with 0-62mph achieved in 11 seconds and 250Nm of torque produced immediately. It will take up to 11 hours to fully charge the Focus Electric from a standard socket but a 32amp charger can do the job in as little as 3 hours.
If you want great driving dynamics, the Focus Electric is the car for you even though the price is more than a little steep. Those who can ignore the cost will land themselves a very good EV while everyone else should shop around for something a bit more affordable.
- Rating: 3.5/5
- Cost: From £28,580 ($46,000)
- Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (MPG): estimated at 177mpg
- Official Driving Range (Miles): 100 miles
- Standard Charging Time (Hours): 3-11 hours depending on charger
- Practicality (Seats & Doors): 5 doors, 5 seats
- Engine Size: 105kW
- Engine Power: 141bhp
- Transmission: Single-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
- Acceleration (0-62mph): 11 seconds
- Top Speed (mph): 85mph
- NCAP Safety Rating: 5 stars