Ford Focus Electric (2017) Guide

Ford Focus Electric (2017) Guide

The first fully electric car by Ford, the Focus Electric had all the ingredients for a triumphant EV; one of the UK’s best-selling medium-sized family hatchback combined with a sustainable and economical electric powertrain. Unfortunately, the Focus Electric failed to live up to its potential, further hindered by Ford’s decision to limit its UK availability.

Electric Range

139 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge

£4.22

Battery Size

34 Kwh

3.7Kw Charge

9 Hours

Connector Type

Type 1

Rapid Charge

Yes CCS max 50kW

OLEV Approved

Yes

Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging the Focus Electric

The Focus Electric comes with a battery size of 34kWh and has an official NEDC range of 139 miles. It is worth noting that the NEDC tests often overestimate performance with a real-world range of the Ford Focus Electric being less than 100 miles on one charge.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger, for example, will take around 5 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 28 miles*.

The Focus Electric has a CCS connector option enabling you to make use of the rapid charging network that is expanding across the UK. Plugged into a 50kW charging station, the Focus will charge from 20-80% in 30 minutes.

Note: It is worth highlighting here that the Focus Electric has a max DC rate of 50kW, this means if you plugged into a 100kW charger, you would still be charging at 50kW. Its max AC rate is 6.6kW, again, if you plugged into an 11kW AC charger, the battery will charge at 6.6kW.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 15 hours for 0-100%
  • 7.4kW = 5 hours for 0-100%
  • 11kW = 5 hours for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 30 mins for 0-80%

*Based on NEDC range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

What are people saying about the Ford Focus?

The Ford Focus is one of the nation’s favourite hatchbacks, for many reasons, most notably, the relaxed and agile driving experience. The Focus Electric retains many of these qualities but adds in the punchy acceleration that EV’s are renowned.

Nevertheless, the original design of the Focus never included space to accommodate a large battery; this makes for a more cluttered power storage arrangement than many purpose-built electric vehicles. The primary drawback from this design flaw is the reduction in boot space, which, as a family car, is an essential consideration for many buyers.

As for its range capabilities, in 2013, the Focus Electric’s 140-mile range would have been something of a selling point; however, in contrast to current availability at this price point it falters – and that’s not taking into account the lack of accuracy in the 140-mile result. When compared to peers, such as Renault Zoe, the price of a Ford Focus Electric is hard to justify.

In any case, if you’re a fan of the design (and can get your hands on one), then this EV is more than capable of transporting you through any town or city traffic in comfort.