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Old 11-30-2012, 11:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just came back from test driving the Ford Focus electric. The dealer said the car would be fully charged when I got there. When we stepped into the car, the display showed only 55 miles of range.

Is this what everyone sees, or did the dealer really not fully charge the car?
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Remember the FFE calculates the range based upon prior drives. That being a dealer demo it is likely that the first thing people do when they go for a drive is to nail it to see how fast it is. It definately would not be driven in a conservative fashion.

Thus a displayed range of only 55 miles would be likely in a dealer demo unit....

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Old 12-01-2012, 02:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, after the vehicle is charged the range estimate is based on the previous energy used and distace driven. Once I drove the car 100 miles on a single charge. The range estimate showed 115 miles of range after a recharge. This dosent mean the battery got bigger, but is an indication of how far you could drive based off of previous driving conditions.
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