First Look: 2013 Ford Focus Electric

All Focus Electrics also come standard with an 8-inch touch screen in the center stack that's linked to the instrument cluster displays. In addition to your usual Microsoft- and Sony-powered entertainment and vehicle information features, it also features a specially programmed navigation system designed for electric driving. Destinations, as well as charge points along the way, can be entered into the system, which will return not only the best route, but the best way to get the desired range, and an optional EcoRoute for maximum efficiency. It will advise you of any changes needed if the destination is beyond the car's range. The latest information on available charging stations can be downloaded through Sync Traffic, Directions and Information so your nav system always has the latest information.

Of course, the system is designed to encourage you to use navigation as often as possible, which will enable it to tell you what kind of range to expect depending on your driving style. As an enticement, if you have far more battery power than needed to reach your destination, the system won't bother you with warnings unless you're driving so hard you're actually in danger of not making your destination. Otherwise, put those ponies to work.

Inside, the Focus Electric is a bit more crowded. While everything's the same up front, the rear seats lose 10 inches of legroom to accommodate the battery. That leaves you with 33.7 inches of legroom, or 2.5 more inches than the back seats of a Ford Fiesta. If the Fusion Hybrid is any indicator, the battery pack probably eats into your cargo space behind the rear seats, but Ford hasn't released the official cargo volume yet. You'll likely also give up any hope of a flat-load floor, but the rear seats will probably still fold for extra cargo capacity, but not as much as the gas-powered hatch.

Why couldn't the regular Focus have been graced with as clean a front end as this concept????
Why couldn't the regular Focus have been graced with as clean a front end as the electric version?

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