Ford Focus Electric Coming Soon

By Ford Social Member

Ford Motor Company is abuzz with electrified vehicle development. An all-electric version of the Ford Transit Connect commercial van is launching in late 2010, followed by the Ford Focus Electric in 2011.

Focus Electric is an exciting spin on the next-generation gas-powered Ford Focus, which was revealed at the 2010 North American International Auto Show and is hitting the streets early in 2011. The electrified Focus will be powered purely by batteries, which means it will never use a drop of gas and will produce zero emissions. Good-bye gas tank. Sayonara tailpipe.

Focus Electric will be rechargeable through wall outlets and is targeted to get up to 100 miles per charge, making it ideal for daily commuters and others who drive predictable “around town” routes. Charging the car’s lithium-ion batteries will take between six to eight hours using a 220V wall outlet, or longer, using a 110V outlet.

Focus Electric will also feature a user-friendly interface similar to the Ford Fusion Hybrid’s award-winning SmartGauge™ display to provide the driver with information on vehicle range and battery charge.

“Ford is committed to help lead the way to find creative solutions to ensure that electrified vehicles can deliver benefits to our customers, the environment and our business around the globe in a sustainable way,” said Nancy Gioia, Ford director of Global Electrification.

Ford also is developing a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and a next-generation hybrid electric vehicle for 2012.
Lance 02/04/2011
I want to buy this Focus Electric and a Coleman Generator for the trunk to trickle charge my battery back to life if I run the battery down and am stuck on the side of the road.
Stu 01/12/2011
Julius. Your battery assumptions are pretty conservative. I have 160,000 miles on my Prius batteries with no sign of deterioration. They\\'re not lithium--I don't know how much difference that makes. I don't know a single Prius owner who has had to replace batteries, other than those involved in a collision. Also, $7500 seems a bit steep. If your numbers are accurate, I don't see much future for electric cars.
David Goldberg 01/07/2011
I would like to see a portable battery pack that could be plugged in to extend the range for the rare trips I take over 100 miles. It can go in the passenger compartment, motor compartment, trunk or on the roof.
Felix Crash 11/15/2010
So, what do you do when it rains?

Get big towels to mop up the road?
John Bill 11/04/2010
Will the price be close to regular Focus I have now? I just want to say I love my 2010 Focus but will trade it in for one of these in a heartbeat if it is priced in the same range. Also any plans to partner with a Solar Panel company for a really clean charge?
julius 09/20/2010
What is the efficiency of the recharger ? we have a 23KW battery - but how many KW's does it take ot recharge it ?
julius 09/11/2010
has nayone figured the replacement cost of the battery and what it averages per mile -- especiallyif you u add it to the mileage figures ? Off hand a $ 7,500 batter replacment at even 100,000 miles means it cost 7.5 cents extra per mile .

Figureing a gas car at 20 mpg and $ 3,00 gallon gas = 0.15
Figureing a gas car at 30 mpg and $ 3,00 gallon gas = 0.10

Electric $ 3.00 at 100 miles = 0.033 cents plus 7.5 cents - 11.83 cents

comments from others ?
Joneszee 09/07/2010
Good point you are making on foreign oil imports. Here is some food for thought...
Stop the 'outflow' of money for foreign oil and put it to work in the USA. According to the DOE, the US imported over 4,000,000,000 barrels of oil last year. @ $70 per barrel, that's amounts to over $280 billion flowing to other countries. Think what that would mean if the oil was produced from our own reserves here in the USA.. This would put the $ into US pockets. You talk about a 'shot-in-the-arm' to the US economy.
I do like the idea of green, but it will take time and new technology to get us there.
David Emel 09/07/2010
Seems to me, we could combine 2 problems into one solution. Our eletrical grid is designed for the 20th century and very expensive to maintain. Why not introduce to toll roads, a combined highway and electrical grid where the pulsing 60Hz is run on the center hump AND accessible to electric vehicles for durration travel? Maybe that is asking too much from planners?
ptribe77 09/06/2010
I've done the research on EVs and I'm firmly convinced that this is the transportation of the future. There is simply no other viable alternative out there that can fill the void once fossil fuel prices skyrocket. I'm active duty military and will be buying one of these cars as soon as we get back from this hell hole in a year. Buy one too and keep us military guys home with our families.
Linda George 08/12/2010
John, Can you tell me what the average cost per charge might be for the electric useage?
Barbara Vivenzio 08/12/2010
I have several questions, if I were to take a long trip say 300 miles how would I recharge the battery? How expensive are these vehicles going to be? If it takes too long for the battery to charge then time becomes an issue.
Robin 07/30/2010
I second Scott's concern about more timetable information. My state is slated for early delivery of the Nissan Leaf. This is currently the only BEV that I could purchase before our state's stimulus funded rebates expire in Sept 2011. If the Focus is available before mid-year, I will hold off and buy the Focus.
Scott 06/03/2010
I wish Ford would come out with more information. I would prefer to not be sending $32000 to another country for the Nissan Leaf. I am one of the first 6000 some odd people to put a deposit down on the Leaf and hope that the timing will work out for when I will need the car. I am not in California so I will not be one of the first people to get the car. If Ford could deliver the Focus EV in March or April of 2011 they would easily get my money. If the Focus is ready in the early Spring Ford would stand a real good chance of winning the "Fly over states" and the East coast that Nissan is delaying delivery to. Ford could be the first to market in a lot of areas if they do not put the people in California before all their other customers like Nissan is doing.
RyGuy 05/24/2010
Do people realize that electric cars are not necessarily "greener" than traditional gas powered cars? Where does the electric come from? In the majority of the US, pollution heavy coal. I'm not sure, but it seems like gas cars or clean diseal cars or regular hybrids might be better than having everyone power-up off coal.
Justin 05/10/2010
Is there a waiting list? and I have yet to see a price tag goal from Ford about the FocusEv. I must say I am very new to the knowledge of Ford offering this car for the masses. Please bare with me.

JimB 05/05/2010
I can't wait. The Focus Electric will be my commuter car. We already have a mini van for long trips. Where battery technology is today, if you're a one car family, you'll need to own or rent a gas powered vehicle for long trips. Someday, that will no longer be the case.

I went to the Ford dealer today asking if they knew when the car would be available. No one working there had even heard of the Focus Electric! That's right. They looked at me as though I had just fallen off the turnip truck.

I get to drive a Mini E pretty regularly, and it's got lots of grunt. I don't expect the Focus to be nearly as peppy, but it'll sure be nice not to ever go to a gas station or worry about oil changes, smog checks, or tune-ups ever again.
Eric 05/03/2010
Do you know something no one else knows? Every article I've seen about the Tesla sedan states it will be around $50K not $30K.
P. Walker 05/01/2010
My concern which has been ratified by my local Ford manager is the ability of Li-ion battery technology to cope with environmental exteremes. My experience with current state-of-the-art Li-ion batteries is that when they get cold, they go nearly dormant....and the Rocky Mtn states do get cold. The Ford guy added that in desert temperatures, Li-ion batteries severely overheat. In Wyoming it gets hot as well, so having your car die between towns 100+ miles apart with spotty cell phone service becomes life threatening. I have always believed that Detroit has never understood that issue.
Having said all of the above, I sure wish Ford would develop a hybrid form of its Ranger that could be trusted out here. I am on my 5th Ranger in 25 years and would dearly love to own a reliable high mileage variant. In my region, 4-wheel drive is an absolute need-to-have.
John 04/30/2010
When is Ford going to come out with a hybrid pickup? I have seen several companies convert F-150s to plug-in hybrids. Why doesn't Ford make these? For people like me that need a work truck but can't afford a separate commuter vehicle a plug-in hybrid F-150 would be perfect.
The minute Ford makes a hybrid or plug-in hybrid F-150 I'm in.
Carlos 04/26/2010
Go with what works for you. I am a big Ford fan and currently own a Mustang and a Fusion Hybrid. I am also very interested in an all electric vehicle. I also considered Nissan even though it meant not supporting Ford. I thought long and hard and I just can't work with a proprietary charger such as the Leaf The styling is also not very attractive on the leaf. The Focus will charge on any AC outlet which means I can charge at work and use minimal electricity at home. The Focus is definitely an attractively styled car So in the end the Focus seems like it's the best choice for me and i will patiently wait.
Thomas Hutson 04/24/2010
I Like Ford Compare Green Car Types
Electric Cars & Hybrid Cars Vs. Blank
To do this correctly we need to make a list of what is out there in the market or trying to get into the action. We are going to forget combustion engines that are fueled by gas, diesel, soy, flex fuel, etc. These energy sources will never produce what is known as a Green Car. Next, Energy Projects such as hydrogen, solar, etc. are such a long way off from production so really they do not exist, so we will just drop them from contention. That leaves three alternatives Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars and the Blank. Lets take a look.

1. Electric Vehicle: There are three major components that have to work together. First there is the Electric Car Motor that is no different than a basic electric motor. Though it is specialized to power an Electric Car there are problems. (A) Even with all the hype of how efficient the motor is, its not any better than the inefficient motor in your washing machine. The electric motor has some of the problems that the combustion engine has. Even though it does not emit pollution it cannot be made to be any more efficient, just like the combustion engine. (B) Another downturn is the high voltage/high amperage batteries needed that are extremely expensive and have disastrous disposal problems. (C) Being a Electric Plug Car, the charge runs out after a very short time, you better be home or you will be calling a wrecker. This would require a charge- up station on every street corner to service even a small number of plug vehicles. Next, the Motor Controller is an effective and reliable electronic device at a reasonable cost. Lastly, the batteries needed are expensive, extremely heavy, requires large amount of storage space, has explosive fumes, strong acids, problematic disposal, and highly polluting.

2. Hybrids :( electric motors + motor controller + batteries + combustion engine +complicated computer systems) make up the second category. This set up is also known as Hybrid Electric Cars, Hybrid Plug Car, Hybrid Motors, and the Electric Hybrid. They have all the problems of the electric cars plus combing with the problems of the combustion engine with it. In my opinion all this has done is to interweave two different polluting systems that have already reached their maximum efficiency.This combination of polluters has created a whole new set of problems. Over the long run they might be lucky to save a couple of miles to a gallon at a very great cost to the consumer. Remember "media hype" will never add one more mile per gallon. Think about it – it just does not make any sense at all.

3. Blank needs to be developed because of the current power sources efficiency ratings are dismal and permanently stagnated.A blank motor should use minimal voltage/low amperage battery that is kept charged by a belt driven alternator. The main purpose of the battery is to power an automotive type starter and motor controller. No fuel tank – no large, dangerous, expensive battery pack – no plug in charging system. Therefore, air, water, and land pollution is eliminated. There is just one light, ultra efficient, compact rotational power source.
Michael Walsh 04/19/2010
Tomorrow I'll be putting $99 on a Nissan Leaf reservation. By August, I'll be expected to commit on taking delivery. I would MUCH rather add a third Focus to the household, but MUST have a time line from Ford when it comes to public availability. Why is Ford hedging with this "2012 model year" statement and not a firm date?
Ad 04/11/2010
What’s happened to E85? For now big three keep producing flex fuel vehicles but E85 is hard to find. Should we start vertical farming of plants producing ethanol? And can it be transported by train or by the coastal carrier?
mike324 04/10/2010
the nissan leaf has fast charging the ford focus does not have fast charge but it is not always good, because the battery heats up and the life decreases. the word fast charging means less then 1-hour for charging batteries. i work with battery's on radios all the time we have fast charging and slow and i can tell you that one get hot and the other does not and i think you can figure out that the slow last a lot longer. when i first started out in radios i only want fast and now i buy only slow or medium chargers. the fast charging tech has improved now they charge fast and then slow down as the continue to charge. to save battery life. longer the life of the batteries the more you save. the nissan only cost to charge 2-3 dollars for 100 miles. even the prius at 3 dollars gallon for gas (i live in NY) would cost at least 6 dollars to drive 100 miles
David Taylor 04/04/2010
Probably better to go with the political reasons, rather than the scientific, Calvin. Such thought proves Ford shouldn't give us the choice: they should shut down the combustion engine line, and convert it to electric motors. Let fossil fuels die along with superstitious monarchies, terrorist funding and centuries of female persecution - any reason is good, even if produced by ignorance.

Ford's token effort is both admirable and pathetic. Admirable because they refused to sucker-punch America when she was down - and surprise, let's make a car people actually want. Pathetic because it's so limited and unavailable.

A 7,000-mile sail begins with a first step to the dock.
KCB 04/03/2010
"Better Place" is working to tackle that hurdle with standardized removable batteries that can be "swapped" at a swap station (like a gas station) in under 3 minutes, for those times you need to travel further than 100 miles between recharges.
Matt 04/01/2010
I can't wait! I only commute 60miles a day. This is perfect! Finally an american company producing something decent!
JoeC 03/31/2010
The hyrdogen 'car of the future' is always 15 years away. As these writers make clear, hydrogen is a chemical battery, nothing more. Electricity, not hydrogen, is the most versatile form of power. Any power source used to produce hydrogen could be used to produce more usable electricity. Unlike hyrdogen, no new trillion dollar infrastructure is needed...just continue to expand the existing grid. And never mind that no one knows what effect would result from the inevitable leakage into the atmosphere of a certain percentage of that free hydrogen.

So why all the hoopla about hydrogen? It's political sleight-of-hand. First, the feds and some automakers liked to showcase a prototype that "is so clean then only thing that comes out of the tailpipe is water", and "Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe"....and lazy reporters repeated these claims, and never continued on to ask and answer the next question, "Where will the hydrogen come from?" So it has been a good way to look innovative, when in fact it will never, ever be practical for surface transportation. Paraphrasing, it's something like, "We aren't going to focus on policies and investments to make big efficieny gains in autos that run on fossil fuels....we are looking WAY down the road at ultra-clean hydrogen!". Throw a little money at it, and viola!

I can't wait for electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars to come out in volume. Then we can start living and driving the future, and quit dreaming about Buck Rogers stuff.
MTM 03/30/2010
Bob Shields 03/28/2010
An electric Focus would be a perfect car to replace my aging Hyundai. Hey, Ford, where do I sign up?
MountainMike 03/24/2010
Mike: I can only vouch for what gasoline costs in Calif. at present (March 2010). The total taxes are about $0.36 per gallon, plus sales tax of ~ 0.0825% of the final cost. The cost per gallon of regular unleaded is very close to $3.00 , so your remark that taxes make up a substantial portion of the cost of a gallon of gasoline is incorrect. $0.36 divided by $3.00 is 12 percent (%); not a substantial portion, in my opinion. When the sales taxes are added in, the "percent going to taxes" rises to ~20 percent (%), still not substantial, but getting there!

I believe we MUST upgrade to electric vehicles (EV), because in a few years gasoline will probably go through the roof at $10.00 per gallon. Some "experts" have predicted $12-15 per gallon by 2015. The end of cheap oil was predicted in a Scientific American article in March 1998. The predominate "calculations" used were invented by a geologist named M. King Hubbert, who predicted the 1973 oil shortage in the year 1956. Yes, Hubbert was "off" by a few years; he predicted 1969 as "...the year that U.S. Production would start a decline...." The OPEC nations saw our increasing dependence upon their oil and increased the prices.
MountainMike 03/24/2010
The above comment is right on the money - producing hydrogen is VERY energy-intensive! Hydrogen is an energy carrier, not a true form of energy itself! The hydrogen production requires about three (3) times as much energy as would a simple electric vehicle. Just to produce free molecular hydrogen (the lightest element and VERY difficult to liquefy!), requires the following steps: Water + Electric current => Hydrogen gas; Hydrogen gas + very high compression + extreme cooling => Hydrogen liquid.
Now, how do we get the liquid hydrogen to the end user's vehicle? Transporting hydrogen requires "Thermos-like" vehicles and "Thermos-like" storage facilities at every distribution point! We (the world) have NONE of this infrastructure in place - it will all have to be built from scratch!
The compression and cooling, along with the electrolysis (breaking down) of the water requires huge amounts of energy, probably electric energy! So why not just "cut to the chase" and deliver the electric energy over our presently in place power grid to the end user's vehicle? The ONLY advantage of hydrogen fuel cells is the lack of harmful emissions. I don't believe the emission of water would be a major Winter-time problem on the road as suggested by another poster, but that's another topic.
John Foreman 03/20/2010
The extremely long charge times of traditional batteries (even Li+ Ion) are a major barrier, except for daily commuter uses... Several companies are commercializing CNT (carbon nanotube) batteries which adapt either SLA (sealed lead acid) or Lithium Ion based batteries in a very cost effective manner to achieve 3-4x times the current power densities - while solving capacitive power issues - meaning charge times will drop to 10-15 mins... CNT battery: price $29/kwh, cost $9/kwh, ED 440wh/kg. Look up companies Ecolocap and Microbubble. Also see videos from MIT where they take carbon nanotube inks baked in paper or cloth that make extraordinary batteries. Ford's Magna drivetrain for EV is fine, its the batteries that will need replaced to get 300-400+ mile range and fast charge times for mass acceptance in the US.
For the doubting Thomases, if CNT batteries that adapt SLA or Li+ ion don't work for you, also consider another technology competing for distrusted energy storage / EV savior brass-ring ar solid state multi-layer super capacitors (like EEStor)... So batteries will become higher in power density like capacitors with fast charge times or solid-state capacitors, via multi-layered solid state ceramics will act like batteries. Take your pick, it's coming (from a Materials Scientist turned Systems Engineer).
Jerry McIntire 03/17/2010
I would love to see a Ford Focus that gets 100 miles/charge, real world. We would buy one. I've owned two electric vehicles, both with range under 50 miles, they were useful and very inexpensive to fuel. Now that we live in the country, 100 miles is necessary. Go Ford!
Kyle Adams 03/12/2010
An electric Ford Focus would likely achieve in excess of 125 MPG. This is scientific and not financial, mind you. If you had a PV system, you could drive for free. That's why people would want an electric car. The RAV4 EV obtained this but I believe that it used heavier batteries and it's also not as aerodynamic as a Focus. However, I would like to see more vehicles like the Geo Metro XFi. It's efficient but you don't need to be a scientist to work on one. They can also achieve better fuel economy than a Prius, without the added electric system.
Kyle Adams 03/12/2010
Joe, even very efficient solar panels likely wouldn't be able to give you a decent amount of charge. They would also be very expensive. It would make a lot more sense to use a PV system on your house to charge than let your car sit during the day and maybe give you a mile or two.
Kyle Adams 03/12/2010
Ryan, I agree that there are limiting factors of electric vehicles. I'm converting a car to electric right now and I understood that when I began. However, I don't see electric cars as "The Solution," only as a part of it. If you want to cruise with your friends, that's fine. But realize that the average American drives less than 40 miles a day. An electric Focus will easily handle this. If I had the money (and the need), I'd purchase another vehicle which obtains good fuel economy on petroleum products alone and is cheap not only to purchase but to run. I'm thinking of something older like a Geo Metro XFi or VW Rabbit. I'd fix it up and take it on longer trips.
Bob 03/11/2010
One view I never read about is recharging stations that are currently available around almost every city in the U.S. Most of these have swimming pools, restaurants, gamerooms and overnight cabins available year round with 240 V service. I know of maybe 20,000 per state. The Locations are RV Camping sites.
Tader 03/10/2010
Well Kristi if your hauling lots of people and driving long distances a full electric is not for you at this time. But if it only happens once in a while, rent one. My wife and I work at the same place, when one of our two cars died we tried living with one. I can tell you renting one several times a year is a heck of a lot cheaper than owning one. Payments, insurance, maintenance, etc. etc.
Joe 03/08/2010
howdy, I would just like to coment, id be nice if ford would incorporate some sort of solar grid on the top of the car which would charge in daytime and when nighttime falls bringdown the estimated 6-8hr charge at night hopefully compensating for usage or just bringing down charge time. If this would be done it might give ford a cutting edge over competition companies, helping tax money stay in usa, and helping in this economic deficit.
JoAnne 03/06/2010
Yes! Ford should arrange deals with rental car agencies where EV owners can leave their EVs to charge while getting a high-mpg rental for a *very* discounted rate (free not including cost of gas/taxes would be nice!). I drive a Ford Ranger EV now (production model) and a CNG-powered Honda. They do fine for nearly all of my driving (the Ranger's my daily driver, the Honda's for longer trips), but I do rent a car when I'm planning a trip where CNG stations are too scarce. It'd be great to have a great rental deal built into the purchase
CSAcitizen 03/06/2010
I would not touch a hybrid. I want nothing to do with hydrogen. And who has over hundred thousand $ to spend except the rich anyway ? They are far from offering a product for the average person. My idea i've had sicne the early 80's Ill awit for - if anyne really wants to do something FOR THE PEOPLE - that is totally free electric by solar. Solar the way I have it in my head all these years would keep charging constantly as long as it is light out, so the batteries would always be charged up. NO electirc company wealth making in my idea. Doubt if they ever would do it as ALL Etlies have to "get their cut" out of anything we do. But my idea is FOR THE PEOPLE - NOT THE BIG COMPANIES ALL THE WAY AROUND. Except for the replacement of the batteries every 7 or so years if they fail to hold charge. But my idea would not cost the driver ANY expense in daily life. but then - I'm for the PEOPLE - not the money-making companies.
And I'd have a real working van that many of us need to use as the first thing out ! Cars are a waste for lack of space for those who need work and farm vehicles.
Edward 03/04/2010
I dont know why ford doesnt build a car with a small gas engine to keep the charge up on the batteries. Then you could go anywhere for as long as you want. Unless there too invested in the Oil companies.
Jack 03/02/2010
While I commend Ford for it's effort on electric vehicles, a 100 mile per charge is not going to part me with the $30K+ payment. Until charging stations become as ubiquitous as parking spaces 100 miles just is not going to do it. This ties this capital investment to my garage, not very useful for my type of driving and commute of 54 miles round trip plus errandson the way home. I happen to be a Ford buyer and supporter but Tesla has the range idea down, and although the Chevy Volt compromised with the onboard generator, in doing so it gives the car far more utility. Up the range on a charge to 300 miles or add an on board charging system and I would buy the Ford.
CapitalistAL 03/02/2010
Electric cars still do not make sense for the vast majority of America. My typical commute is 50 miles but every other week I may get a call at work and spontaneously need to make a quick 200 mile trip. Or may want to run the kids over to the Atlanta aquarium on a saturday afternoon 250 mile trip. I think at this juncture the only electric that makes sense is an electric car with range extending generator such as the Chevy Volt. Until the infrastructure and technology catches up this is the only electric that could sell in any volume. Give me a Ford Edge with a Chevy Volt type system and you will make a sale tomorrow.
Independent Thinker 03/02/2010
I would like not to thank Milton for his comments. Maybe the stupidity Tax should go to those who would like to tell others what to do. We live in a (mostly) FREE COUNTRY an some of us put great value in that right. I also believe that Americans have the right to tell all automobile manufacturers what we want instead of them dictating it to us. And I want the option to buy an electric vehicle!
Aer Totten 03/01/2010
An all eletric Focus sounds very good to people that are using a car daily to and from work. I guess shorter trips will re-charge in less time than "all nite" on 120 volt. I feel sure the Government will be collecting from all electric car users for road use but that is to be expected. Thanks Ford for your careful use of money. I am happy to do business with you. Thanks!
Justin 03/01/2010
In the USA about 50% of our electricity is generated with coal. Since the plants are centralized, the emissions are much easier to control than millions of powerplants driving around on our roads. Because of the efficiency of the electric motor, an EV charged with coal electricity will emit quite a bit less CO2 than an average ICE sedan. I am a huge supporter of renewable energy, especially solar as the tech is becoming more affordable. But until we get our clean electricity capacity up to speed, USA produced coal power can carry us for a little while and give imported oil a break.

I do agree with needing to upgrade the grid though.
Jim 03/01/2010
What about Lincoln. I love the luxary of the lincolns but they are being left out in the cold with the Hybrid/Electric innovations. When I bought my Milan Hybrid back in may, I told the dealer as I traded in my Zephyr, "this would have been a no brainer if the MKZ was a Hybrid". If lincoln owners have the money, then let us help with the envornment. Don't leave us out.

BTW I love the Milan, but I would trade it in a heart beat to get back into the MKZ line as it has all the creature comforts I came to enjoy as a lincon owner, least of which was memory seats based on the key remote unlock.
fordmillwright 02/28/2010
Have you ever seen one of these cars run ? they have a stream of water coming out of the tailpipe . There would be ice all over the road in cold weather . there wouldnt be enough salt in the colder climates to keep all this water from freezing . You would have a crash at every stoplight . Try to imagine thousands of car dribbling water on the streets . This is not a big deal now because there only a handfull of these vehicles on the road . hydrogen is not an option for the masses .
RT 02/27/2010
A Tesla Sedan will be coming out later this year. It is supposed to be around $30,000 and will have a 200+ range, just like its current roadster.
ian 02/27/2010
if this cars price is comparative to the gas focus i will definitely be test driving one. i live in the suburbs and work downtown and 100 miles is more than enough. driving this car would be cheaper than taking the bus lol.

and guess what NO MORE OIL CHANGES!
Gilbert Gagne 02/27/2010
Your EV savings are not what you think. The efficiency of burning gasoline in cars is on the order of 25%, most of the available energy lost as heat through the radiator and tailpipe. Electric efficiency however, is better than 90%, the main losses being in the controls, wiring, and friction. A quantity of energy to go 25 miles with gasoline would take you 90 miles in an EV. But electricity, in Florida where I live, costs 34.5 % more than an equivalent amount of gasoline, so the same dollar amount will take you only 68 miles on electricity. In northern climes, the waste heat of gas powered cars is used to heat passengers. EV passengers will also need heat in Winter but less than half of electric losses will be available for this purpose. The environmental benefits of electricity come from concentrating the production of pollution at power plants where it can be treated more economically. Emissions testing of EVs is not needed and would result in further savings to owners in emissions testing states.
AJ Williams 02/26/2010
I want the Ford ECOnetic that Europe and Australia have!!!! It gets 65 mpg.
james 02/25/2010
Large car compaines need and must create large reproducible processes, that can be used and recreated hundreds of thousands of times. A small bouquet manufacturer doesn't have supply lines, parts contracts, labor unions ect. When you allow time for a 100+ year old stable responible car maker to do it "right" it will be there when you need it. There is a great benefit though to the small inventor cars, inovation quick make one change the business is built as an investor group's tax right off. The idea is not to become a huge company but to make money on selling the idea and techniology.
John Colman 02/25/2010
Agreed. The target group for this particular vehicle is for families that have two or more cars. This car is not intended as a do everything everywhere car, but a commute to work and do errands around town car.

On another note, yes this car will help reduce dependence on foreign oil. Yes it will increase demand on the electric grid. Good suggestion: put a solar system in your home to generate your own electricity, and be carbon neutral in your home as well as your car.
Time to Think 02/24/2010
Unless there is a major breakthrough for battery tech, 300 miles is going to be the practical limit for the next decade. I do not agree that there should be as many charging stations as gas stations - the point is to charge overnight. That is much easier on the grid and cheaper for everyone. If most people go the "easy" route and do the energy-intensive quick charging, EVs will crush the current grid. Plus, quick charging is very hard on current battery technologies. You wouldn't want to do that on a daily basis or your battery pack will not last. 02/24/2010
Hear, hear!!
Time to Think 02/24/2010
I disagree. We have to get it through our thick, spoiled rotten heads that we can't have it all. We're not in our own little vacuums. Resources are limited, and we have to start acting like it. Conservation is the greatest single aspect that will save us, even more than windmills and solar panels.
Time to Think 02/24/2010
I'm currently looking at Fusion hybrids, so I'm right with you in terms of rooting for Ford to succeed.
Unfortunately, I am also rooting for the Volt. Why? Two reasons: 1) it has the potential to be exceptionally energy efficient, and 2) I want to see a return on my tax dollars that went to prop GM up. I want to see GM do well at least long enough for the Treasury cash out with a profit. After that, I personally don't care what happens to GM. They are paying for their lack of vision, and unfortunately, they are taking down blue-collar America with them.
David 02/24/2010
Ok first off, the Tesla is $49K with the tax rebate included and you have to pay a lot more to get the 200ish and 300 range batteries. Second, the Tesla sits 5 adults, and two tiny children, not seven adults, thats a big difference. FORD KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, AND KEEP ON IMPROVING YOUR QUALITY! YOUR DOING GREAT! Hope it does better than the Volt.
dan 02/24/2010
if ford makes this cheap and it realy has a 100 mile range I will buy one as soon as they are out im tired of gm making bad choies bad products and taking bailout money. I never liked fords until now they look like they are doing everything right and will be around for a long time have owned chevys since I was 16
Time to Think 02/24/2010
Hydrogen is not the future. It is very energy-intensive to isolate, either from water or natural gas, etc. It's expensive to safely contain. Interesting idea, great for the space program and other specialty applications, but bad for mass consumer use.

Electricity is the future because the vehicle technology doesn't have to change as the methods for producting electricity change. The drivetrain is universal. And, electricity can be generated by any combination of sources at any point in time.
king 02/24/2010
Hydrogen cars are the cars for the furture.

Hydrogen is readily available.

It can be done using a fuel injected hydrogen engine similar to the conventional fuel injected engines we already use.
Harold 02/23/2010
How soon, How?
Tom 02/23/2010
I agree with you, many people want B- or C-segment cars with 4WD/AWD.
Tim 02/22/2010
Rob: I think that Ford is making AMAZING leaps and bounds in this field! The Tesla started selling a 2-seat electric sports car for $101,500 last year... And Ford is about to start selling a 4-5 seat electric car for, most likely less than a third that price, just two years later?!? How is that not Detroit taking this seriously?!?
broq 02/22/2010
Tesla can do that because they are a tiny company. It is okay if they only sell a few hundred Tesla Roadsters. A bigger company like Ford, GM, or Toyota doesn't have that luxury. When Tesla is actually selling cars to the masses I'll call them a success, because a 100k+ roadster is hardly putting electric cars within the reach or regular people like the mini-e (even if you can only lease it) and the upcoming focus can.
Arthur 02/20/2010
I just bought a Fusion Hybrid. I really wanted a plug in Hybrid, but no major manufacturers are offering any in the near future as far as I can tell. What is so complicated about adding plug in to a Hybrid?? Is it just because the marketing people are saying people won't buy them?? I think they are very wrong.
Brandon reder 02/20/2010
In my opinion for now Diesel is the Future! Electric will not be the future until they have Electric stations like gas stations that charge your vehicles up in less then 5 minutes tops, about the same time it takes to fill your current car with gas, and can travel 500-1000 miles on a single charge!
Jason 02/20/2010
Very exciting! The new Focus is a great looking car and I love the idea of an E version! My choices will be between this and the Leaf. (The Tesla Model S is out of my price range). I would really prefer the Ford but it will come down to price and availability. Go, Ford, Go! Is there a way to sign up for just e-focus news?
Milo 02/19/2010
Talk, Talk, Talk, It is obvious that there is a market for electric cars and thaat the technology is there to make it happen economically. Stop talking and make it happen!!!
Paulo Silva 02/19/2010
I`ve been a satisfied Ford owner for the past twenty years or so but this is it: my next car might not be a Ford, should the blue oval be dense enough as to be absent in the electric new world. For my decision is made: I SHALL NOT BUY ANOTHER INTERNAL COMBUSTION VEHICLE AGAIN (if I must, I`ll buy a used car, cheap,until an electric option comes). Sure, electricity comes from dirty sources, sometimes. All the more reason to increase wind generator facilities, solar panels and the like. I`m talking about the sixth Industrial Revolution.
Bill B 02/17/2010
When will we see more information (specs, options, pricing, etc)? We are in the market for one and will get the Nissan Leaf, but will wait if we knew more about the Electric Focus.
Will-Edward 02/17/2010
Although I know for a fact that today's technolgy affords carmakers to achieve far beyond 100 miles per charge, right now, that's all I need since I am retired and don't drive very far from home. If I should buy an EV, I'll make shure to keep a gasoline vehicle in case I need to take a long drive. I would love to have an EV though, I really would. But there is no way I will pay 40 thousand dollars for one though, no way not in this economy.
Time to Think 02/17/2010
Are you serious? With the current ranges of most EVs on the market, they are not going to be the primary vehicle. They are 2nd cars for now. The above scenario isn't realistic.
diivious 02/17/2010
any estimates on the cost of this thing? I had been following the Volt until i found out its an estimated $40,000 :-(
tim north 01/26/2010
I can just imagine Thanksgiving weekend. You had better not move more than 100 miles from Grandma's house. Long, long, long lines at all the public charging stations, which will have higher weekend and holiday rates by the way, to gouge you. Every motel will have extension cords running all over the place. I would like to have a nickel for all you "my next car" and "last ICE" people who go back on your word.
Jorge Gonzalez 01/25/2010
We need to be energy independent
rafael ferreira 01/25/2010
i can wait to try one of this car,i dont think that in 5 years from now we will not depend too much on gas...
Mike S. 01/24/2010
Oh, and one more thing...

Beware of the so-called "smart grids" that IBM is pushing. Smart grids are a way to limit your use of oil and electricity. It's essentially a way of tracking and taxing you, based upon how much time you spend on the road, and, how much fuel you're using (CO2 emissions, get it?). It amounts to nothing more than a penalty for using something "too much".

I remember my days in the Air Force when the "powers that be" gave their annual decree that winter was over, and that I should no longer wear my government-issued parka -- despite the fact it was 20 degrees outside. I've found that government intervention "on my behalf" leaves me in the cold.

In other words, if the "smart grid" people have their way, nothing will be sacred -- not even electric cars and trucks.
Mike S. 01/24/2010
I agree that the strain on our electrical grid will be felt by those supplying power and those rigging the lines. And here is another point to consider: in what way will we generate the needed power? Windmills have lost their original luster, in that they are reported to cause low-frequency noise to which many (including myself) are adversely sensitive. Currently (so far as I know), there is no legislation to constrain their placement to areas miles away from suburbs or city centers. Animal rights people dislike them due to the number of birds which are killed by their blades.

People should understand that electricity no more magically produced at the outlet any more than water is produced at the tap; it has to made somewhere, somehow, and sent down the line as efficiently as possible. I feel the a viable solution to help this along is to ease restrictive (and outdated, I'm sure) EPA regulations on the production of electricity. Dams will have to be built (so long, Sierra Club), atomic energy plants will need to be constructed, and further research into algae as an alternative energy source will need to move forward.

In other words, this new frontier is gonna be a doozy!
Allan Wegner 01/24/2010
All electric vehicles must have a fast home charging station that is compatible with the typical US household 30A, 240 VAC dryer outlet, but with options for higher amperage 240 VAC connection to the main panel or typical 20A 120 VAC outlets found in garages.
Vickie Arvizu 01/24/2010
The primary feature I want from my future electric vehicle is that it will be made by an AMERICAN CAR COMPANY!!! I can buy a Honda or Toyota but choose not to.
Milton 01/24/2010
This country need a small all electric car that is made for that single person that drives back and forth to work 5 days a week and maybe big enough to pick up some food on the way home. It needs to be fast enough to travel highway speeds and a distance that covers 100 mile of commutes each day. Anyone who travels more than that to work, is living in the wrong place or working in the wrong place. There should be a stupidly tax that.
sharon 01/24/2010
i think the electric car should have the same versatility as the gasoline car. i don't mind paying something for a recharging station but it should not take more than 5 minutes. i think recharging should be inexpensive. i would like to see gas stations offering recharging stations side x side. also, hotels should offer overnight recharging. however, the running of the vehicle should recharge itself. i think there ought to be handicap friendly vehicles that can support electric wheelcharis storage. why not forward opening driving doors instead of traditional doors. just like van doors slide backward, why not front doors slide forward. handicap people can electrically open and close the doors more easily. also, it has to be able to carry family groceries. the electric car can't just be for running errands around town. cars are too expensive for that.
Mary McLeod 01/23/2010
Will our current electric grid support a bunch of electric cars being plugged in? Won't the increase in our electric bills and the increase of the cost of the cars eat up any savings we have by not using gas? Why don't we tap into the gas/oil reservoirs in the US that are larger than those in the middle east and which would free us from dependence on foreign oil? Plus, think of the jobs created by doing this! I have one car. I take that car on trips and may drive 700 miles in a day. I do not believe that an electric car would be able to do that without me having to spend lots of time recharging the battery every 100 miles. And I can't afford to own 2 cars! I would like to continue driving gasoline powered crossover sized verhicles.
charlie 01/23/2010
I hope the electric Focus will be available with options, Homelink, backup camera, moonroof, light darkening side and rear view mirrors etc. I own an Acura with all these goodies and I have gotten use to them. I definitly want to purchase an electric in 2011 but would miss the toys that I currently have. I am willing to pay for them.
marilyn 01/23/2010
Mike 01/23/2010
I am interested in an electric small suv that can go at least 100 miles on a charge. A fast charge would be preferable. Also, I'd be interested in 4 wheel or all wheel drive with a gas generator as backup.
Ajay Dmello 01/22/2010
Range per charge and also a simple and as fast as possible charge wud be the most important factors for me. also for a long cross country drive cud carrying a spare charged battery be possible? all this while maintaining the basic aerodynamics of conventional cars wud be a big plus.
Al T. 01/22/2010

You're right on the last point you made. If you look at a regular phone bill, you will find a small tax included as a service fee. It is to repay our government for expenses occurred in the Spanish - American war. (Look it up. The internet phone guys will point it out.) Kinda outta date on that one.

Also realize that there is debate going on in Congress over an expiring bill that eliminates governmental ability to tax internet purchases. (Internet merchants will tell you about that one). So, "YES". They will replace any lost taxation with other taxation. Soon as the dust of change settles, they will be standing in front of you with hand out - waiting, with a smile.

If you get an electric car, it should be to eliminate our dependence on spending money on materials that go to funding countries that want to destroy such as we (western civilization) are. On a larger scale, then the electric autos will strain our electric grid and we will have to look at alternatives there too.
Merf 01/22/2010
I've purchased my last new ICE power vehicle. My next new car will be all electric. Any takers?!?
Doug Havenga 01/22/2010
My primary vehicle in the winter months is a 2000 ford f150 . The vehicle i drive in the summer months is a motorcycle when the weather is nice and my pleasure vehicle is a 2008 mustang gt . we go on several long trips from time to time and that's where an electric car would be good if it would hold a charge long enough for a trip
curlybob 01/22/2010
We must all remember that electric does not grow on trees. About 12% of our electric comes from COAL, the worst polluter of all fossil fuels. America needs to fix its 'electrical grid' from the outdated grid it is and connect to the 21st century. Much of the rest of the 1st world countries have.
That being mentioned, I think its great that we are moving forward in the 'non-gas' vehicle research
Derek 01/22/2010
Until our electrical grid and production capacities are improved I don't think its a great idea for a mass flood to plug-ins. We won't be able to support it. Better start selling them with portable solar panels.
Tim Zerndt 01/22/2010
My primary vehicle is a minivan but that was not an option that I could choose. Probably because Ford no longer offers such a vehicle. When it was time to replace my Windstar, I had no option but to change vendors.
Scott 01/22/2010
I would want to know that I could go extended trips if necessary and like many others have already stated, a fast charge time between trips. A majority of my commute is within 20-30 miles, but not all of my driving is. Also, beyond fords controls, the idea of charging stations in apartment complexes and multifamily dwellings to make it a logical vehicle purchase for renters. I love the idea, I am a huge fan of Ford and I think this idea is huge for the company!
Bob 01/22/2010
An electric car with decent cargo capacity & a range of 50-100 miles
would do nicely for 95% of my driving. However, I do need access to
a long range car for the occasional cross country trip. Some kind of
tie in to provide this would go a long way toward selling me on an
electric car.
Jim 01/22/2010
OMG!!! I can't beleive you guys would want a Electric car LMFAO, the focus from 08-09 already gets 35 hwy mpg with a 5 speed and even the auto focus coupe gets the same with it's 4.2 frontal drive so why wouldn't you think that this new 2012 focus wouldn't get more mpg city and hwy because it will be a 6 speed auto trans in this thing i mean good lawd ppl it should get well over 35 mpg i would guess closer to about 40 or drop a few numbers because it's only gonna be a 2.0L
J Daniels 01/21/2010
On December 17, 1903 the Wright Brothers flew “Flier” four times for a total of 98 seconds, and powered flight began.

This year, 2010, Ford, Tesla, Renault/Nissan, and some more automakers will usher in for us the electrification of the automobile. And while these innovations and inventions will put me in awe, these same innovations will stir up competitiveness’s within the automotive sector, as the Wright Brothers inventions in flight and wind-warping designs was key to flight and stirred the imaginations of everyone worldwide.
I been thinkin’ about the magnitude of electrification, and still haven't got-it-all. But it doesn't matter, brighter minds than mine are at work, which is good, ‘cause I wouldn’t know where to start.
2010 will be a annus mirabilis (year of wonders) for me, due to our visionaries at Ford Motor Co. and others.
Maybe the post-office can use the Transit Connect electric as their new post-office vehicle, as few routes come close to 100 miles, and maybe our stamps might go down.
I have a feeling like the Wright brothers “Flier” this is just the beginning. . . Just my opinion.
Kristi Coker 01/21/2010
I agree with a lot Ryan has said being someone who also travels with large numbers of people often. How about making some larger more efficient vehicles with higher stances? I'm not talking bring back the Excursion but something similar to the Mazda CX-9 which combines 7- passenger seating with style, driveability, handling and it looks and feels younger than many models Ford has had.

I admit with the new Focus, you are headed in the right styling direction but PLEASE change the grill on the Lincolns! It's your first impression you give everyone and I frankly believe you've struck out there.
james 01/21/2010
Calvin, I have a very difficult time believing you went to Antarctica last year, since it is not a typical vacation spot for people who cannot spell the word "winter". Further, I would answer your statement that "nothing is melting" by asserting that, even if I am wrong about your 'trip to Antarctica', you probably would not have had time to inspect the entire continent. Then I would probably advise that, if you are going to make a decision based on whether or not global warming exists, and upon whatever rudimentary scientific knowledge you have attained, perhaps you should broaden the horizons of your search to include the causes of our altered weather patterns, the (actual) level of ice melt on the poles, etc, and advise the rest of us ignorant folk on your findings.
Richard Modica 01/21/2010
My wife does alot of in town driving and this would be great for her .
Mike S. 01/19/2010
My wife had an '09 Corolla S for about 8 months, then gave it to me to drive and got an '09 Focus SEL as its replacement! True story! I like the Corolla, and things the Toyota engineers are doing, but I have to hand it to Ford for bringing European styling across the pond to us in the States. If Ford can make a 100+ electric car, then I say sell it. But if there is anything about which we as consumers should be concerned, it is the electricity situation. Sure, what would be the difference overall if several of us, or even hundreds, decided to buy 220V table saws, and run them regularly in a home wood shop? No big deal, right? But automobiles? I see politicians raising taxes on electricity. Bear in mind, that much of the cost of gasoline is made up of taxes. If we buy less gasoline, the money "lost" (there is no such thing as "lost revenue", no matter what someone tries to tell me) will be "made" some way. Look for special meters to be put on your home charging station, if all this goes wrong. Yes, electric cars were dreams of the earliest automobile makers, and should be made, if the technology can support it. But beware of money-grubbing politicians who will try, try, try to have any savings we realize be forwarded to them.

Mike S., West Virginia (an emigre)
Gary Matthews 01/19/2010
I work for Purolator in Toronto Canada and drive a hybrid vehicle powered by Azure Dynamics technology and was recently told that the transit connect and Ford Focus will have their technology in them aswell.If this is correct I will wait until the Ford Focus hybrid or pure electric is available to make my new vehicle purchase.
Rob 01/19/2010
It depends on where you live (obviously), but it cost me almost $40 in AZ to go a little over 300 miles in my Taurus, and if it costs (on average) $5 to charge the 300 mile car I mentioned above, it would probably cost you around $2-$3 dollers each time you charge the focus.

This is purely a guess, but it's gonna be cheaper then buying gas no matter what.
Gregory 01/19/2010
I have been interested in this technology since the election of President Regan. The USA should regain it technical leadership in the world.
Ryan Kelly 01/18/2010
Im not a techie a tree hugger or anything like that so I dont know quite how things work, but I love my Fords and am biased. That being said, I feel comfortable that opinion is validated that I am dissapointed in everything that is going on. People are becoming more and more green friendly- and frankly, I just dont care. I drive an Explorer get 18mpg and every other tank I use E-85 as allowed. Not a tree hugger like i said, but I made sure when I went from my 28mpg Taurus to this I wouldn't be helping to ruin the world- haha, yeaaa..... Why not take an escape hybrid, and make two technologies out of it. I just like to go drive with friends. We cruise, listen to music and just drive... So when they come out with electric cars- no more? And how about long distance traveling?? My father travels 75K miles a year. LITERALLY. What if suddenly I have to drive to see someone in an emergency situation- and I didnt happen to "fill up" on juice??? There are too many faults with electric right now. Why not make it part gas part elecric? And why should I have to be reduced to driving a Focus?? I absolutely LOVE the styling and think Ford did a great job- BUT like I mentioned earlier, I drive an Explorer. Love sitting up high, the truck and car like handeling it has, my power. I love that truck. I would drive a minivan before buying a car im sure. Yes, a 25 year old hockey player driving a minivan... Expand your minds Ford- you make awesome products but can do even more! LETS DO IT!
Calvin 01/18/2010
This Greenhouse Gas Policy is a created bunch of bull. I was in Anartica last summer and nothing is melting and we are having the coldest wenter, worldwide, that we have had in years.
All the Goverment wants is to futher control our lives. I do like the idea of a good electric car that can be used as well as the gasoline cars we have now. If that would happen, I would be very happy to buy one just to end importing oil from people that hate us.
jasquith 01/18/2010
6 to 8 hours on a 220 line how is the going to be cheaper DTE will love us all
Dave R 01/18/2010
I am ready and waiting to buy my first electric car. It is great that the car will have advanced batteries and at home recharge capability. But there is one more requirement that I need and it is 'all wheel drive' (AWD). Why can't Ford come up with a compact motor/generator traction stepper motor for each of the four wheels. What a bonanza for efficiency, economy, performance and weight distributon. No centralized motor and transmission required. I would be the first in my town to buy one.
John Schumacher 01/18/2010
I agree with what Rob said earlier in the Post and that is if Tesla Motors a small outfit out of California will be coming to market with a Sedan that Seat 7 Adult passengers and gets 300 Miles on a single Charge why the can't Ford do the same or Better??!! Also Tesla plans to come with an AWD version of the Tesla S Sedan and in the current form already gets from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds. I am sure than AWD version will do it substantially faster. But the main thing they have a car that will have a great range. Ford should consider a better range for the Ford Focus EV 2013
Matthew Gagnon 01/18/2010
I wonder how my electric bill will change? Can i strap a solar cell or something on it and mod it so I don't have to pay anything to drive it....that would be cool.
Eric 01/17/2010
I want a Focus! But I will wait for the Electric version.
I was going to get a Nissan Leaf till I found out about the Focus. (The Leaf is ugly)

GO FORD! Build the Focus Electric soon! (My old car is not going to last much longer)
leslie long 01/17/2010
I can't wait to see one - hope I become a proud owner...thanks Ford!
Rick 01/17/2010
Yes, a fast charge would be great. Just by looking around me when commuting most cars only have 1 or 2 occupants. Why not make an all electric that fits the commuter, small 2 seater but bigger than a smart4two. The smaller size might allow for less overall weight and increase times before charge. All upward facing surfaces should be photovoltaic with peltier devices supplementing the interior environment.
Rob 01/17/2010
I love Ford, but I don't think any of the "big three" are taking the electric car game seriously. A big company like Ford shouldn't be lagging behind a small company in Cali with a single small factory, that has been producing 300 mile-per-charge cars for over a year. Tesla is releasing a $42k car at the end of this year (with a longer range), and a car for less then $30k in a few short years to come.

What I'm saying is, Ford better get their act together, or I'll be jumping ship in a few years.
Dundas I. Flaherty 01/17/2010
We have an all-electric MINI E, and I like it better that our other cars, a Lexus Coupe and a Subaru wagon. Our charge time is under four hours and the range exceeds 100 miles, both of which we'd like to see improved. We've installed TOU metering and are paying 10 cents/kwh off peak. That makes fuel cost about 1/5 of the gasoline equivalent. We'll be very interested in what Ford and others have to offer in all-electric. The MINI E is experimental, and BMW is eventually going to take them back, so we'll be in the market for an EV.
Lefteris Pavlides, Providence RI 01/17/2010
Count me in.

I am in the market for an electric car and hope my internal combustion car I currently own is the last one I ever own. I need an electric car for commuting 20 miles (includes some highway miles) but ideally I want a second electric car that can do 200 miles on a charge.
Derek R Liwoch 01/16/2010
Electric cars are the future of the auto industry worldwide, and should be designed and specified to completely replace cars that use fossil fuels, even my current car, which is an 06 Mustang GT.
David Blankenship 01/16/2010
style of the car looks nice, would like to own one before I retire.
James 01/16/2010
As a person who commutes less than 50 miles a day, an electric Focus would be all the car I need, especially given that my wife's Milan is the vehicle used for any road trips we take anyhow.
yo 01/15/2010
I would want the ability to fast charge in any electric car I purchase
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