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Old 07-03-2012, 05:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2012 Ford Focus Electric test drive review (rally style driving & jump) (POV)

When you think of an EV, you probably associate the term with a lame vehicle that is boring to drive. Well my friends, the Ford Focus Electric is still built on the principals of fun! I had the chance to test drive the new 2012 Ford Focus Electric EV and I must tell you, I had a great time doing it.

2012 Ford Focus Electric specifications:
  • 110/99/105 MPG (city/highway/average)
  • 143 horsepower
  • 184 foot pounds of torque
  • 76 mile range
  • Permanent magnet all-electric traction motor
  • Single-speed transmission
How much fun could one possibly have in an EV? A ton if you've got the right driver and a nice course. I caught about 1' of air, slid around corners, and howled the tires through corners at over 70 miles per hour! Even though this car is an EV, it will satisfy even the most hardcore driving enthusiasts. I pushed this thing to the limit and it just kept asking for more.
What can be improved? After about 50-60 miles per hour, the single speed transmission starts to lose its power. Any passing at this speed is going to be quite difficult, but off the line "jack rabbit starts" are absolutely superb. For ducking and dodging through the perils of urban traffic, bouncing down the dips and whips of rural America; the Ford Focus Electric is a vehicle to be admired.
I've driven all of the EV's, and I've got to say this is by far the most enthusiast oriented vehicle which offers quite the exciting experience. Want to see it for yourself? Check out the POV test drive video below and get behind the wheel for yourself!


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