The Good The Ford Focus Electric delivers on its estimated range. The torquey, electric acceleration makes the compact hatchback feel responsive. The base model is about as fully-loaded as the Focus gets.
The Bad The 76-mile range is less than that of the newer competition from Fiat and Kia. The battery protrudes into the rear storage space. None of the standard Focus' driver-aid features are available on the Electric.
The Bottom Line Three years after its predecessor debuted, the 2015 Ford Focus Electric is still a good choice for a compact battery-powered car, but the newer competition offers slightly greater range and faster charging.
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The Ford Focus Electric makes a return appearance in the CNET garage, this time for the 2015 model year. The EV car market has had two years to evolve, and the charging infrastructure has had as much time to grow. How does this former Editors' Choice Award winner fare, today? We charged it up and hit the road to find out.
Under the hood is the 107kW electric motor. Those kilowatts work out to a more familiar 143 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque being sent through the Focus' single speed gearbox and to the front wheels. The Focus has a top speed of 84 mph and gets to 60 mph from a standing start in a respectable 10.1 seconds.
Top speed and acceleration aren't really the point when you're behind the wheel of a battery electric vehicle -- range is. The EPA reckons the Ford Focus Electric will do an average of 76 miles on a fully charged battery. That works out to about 110 MPGe in the city, 99 MPGe on the highway, and 105 MPGe combined. Our testing seems to back this claim up. Ford's SmartGauge also gives the driver tools to help maximize, and potentially, exceed this range. We'll come back to this shortly.
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