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Re: Ford Focus EV

Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:48 am

Smidge204 wrote: For what it's worth, I put in a FOIA request for Leaf/Volt testing details just before Christmas.
Great ! Keep us posted.
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Re: Ford Focus EV

Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:13 am

I like the looks of the Ford, particularly the interior, but I have to say that the placement of the battery pack really seems to encroach on usable storage. I guess this is to be expected on a conversion. Still, kudos to Ford for coming into the pure EV game. If I still don't have my LEAF this time next year, the Focus might make the shopping list if just for the 6.6kw charging.
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Re: Ford Focus EV

Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:31 pm

LBCev wrote:If I still don't have my LEAF this time next year, the Focus might make the shopping list if just for the 6.6kw charging.
Yes, the slow rollout of Leaf gives an opening for Ford in non rollout states. Still, a lot depends on the price. Huffpo reports that Ford people are saying it will be priced lower than Volt.
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Re: Ford Focus EV

Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:37 pm

Some rolling video. And some shots of the app on Samsung Focus. Hmmm.

Front still looks odd - but better than some shots. I like rest of the car design.

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Re: Ford Focus EV

Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:54 pm

I like the looks very much, even the front end. Looks smooth and I do like the Aston resemblance.

But I'm not excited because of the compromises brought about by the conversion nature of this beast, meaning weight, weight distribution and interior space efficiency. Also, the fact that the project was apparently farmed out to a partner instead of being done completely in house would give me pause.

Very interested to see the price, though.

Thanks for the rolling video, evnow. Video of a car moving always tells me a lot more about its styling than a static view.
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Re: Ford Focus EV

Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:02 pm

Look at all that vacant space under the hood!

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Re: Ford Focus EV

Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:05 pm

Boomer23 wrote:Very interested to see the price, though.
Me too! And more shots of the interior.

I have to say it's not a bad looking car, and if priced competitively with the Leaf could give it a run for its money. Especially if Nissan doesn't step up its production numbers. Interesting times!
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Re: Ford Focus EV

Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:15 pm

By the way, the under-hood shot looks a bit like there is an ICE engine in there, don't you think?

Nissan took some flack for trying too hard to make the LEAF as "normal-looking" as possible, even to the extent of making the inverter look like an engine cover from an ICE car. Looks like Ford is taking a similar tack.
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Re: Ford Focus EV

Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:31 pm

Plug in Cars review, has some nice pictures of the dashboard

http://www.plugincars.com/ford-focus-electric/review
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Re: Ford Focus EV

Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:37 pm

evnow wrote:
LBCev wrote:If I still don't have my LEAF this time next year, the Focus might make the shopping list if just for the 6.6kw charging.
Yes, the slow rollout of Leaf gives an opening for Ford in non rollout states. Still, a lot depends on the price. Huffpo reports that Ford people are saying it will be priced lower than Volt.
Lower than the Volt could be 40K...I'm guessing it will be around $38K, which is too much compared to the LEAF.
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