2012 Ford Focus Electric test drive – The Verge

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32 thoughts on “2012 Ford Focus Electric test drive – The Verge

  • April 17, 2012 at 09:55

    combo breaker? Seriously though, would like to know what they added to ford sync for the electric model. Charging locations and range estimations to destinations ect…

  • April 17, 2012 at 09:56

    Achievement Unlocked: Caused an Accident and killed a Civilian

  • April 17, 2012 at 10:21

    when will people learn that electric cars are incredibly bad for the environment. use diesel cars until hydrogen cars are up to scratch.

  • April 17, 2012 at 10:58

    Electric cars produces less CO2, even with electricity from coal power plants. Lately diesel have shown that the gases it produces is very toxic for the local environment. Where I live, they are planing to ban or tax diesel cars extra in the rush hour traffic.

  • April 17, 2012 at 11:16

    but you also have to factor in the cost of making the materials for an electric engine, shipping the parts around the world and when the car has had its day you have to dispose of the batteries which is bad for the environment. electric cars are very heavy too, which effects efficiency and of course there's that commonly known factor of them being too quiet which aparently causes people to be dumb enough to not notice them

  • April 17, 2012 at 11:23

    Can someone explain to me the purpose of the grill? Since it's a fully electric car, what's the point of having it?

  • April 17, 2012 at 12:00

    Other cars also use materials that are shipped around the world, no difference there. I'm guessing all modern countries can neutralize the batteries. Electric cars aren't that quiet from the outside, imagine a fossil fuel car running down hill. There are videos comparing the two on youtube.
    I don't think that all cars will be 100% battery driven, but I think all cars will exclusively get an electric engine, and a small battery for driving in the city(recharged by breaking). Maybe hydrogen?

  • April 17, 2012 at 12:57

    The same thing that it does in a car with an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine), which is cool the radiator.
    Not all, but most 'Full Scale' EV motors will have a liquid-cooling circuit to extract the heat away from itself, as well as the battery pack. When you convert chemical energy from a battery in order to get mechanical energy, you also get heat.There's always energy lost in the change.
    Think that's inefficient? Try gasoline: 2/3rds of its energy becomes nothing more than WASTED HEAT energy.

  • April 17, 2012 at 13:08

    Do you know that a Fuel Cell vehicle is more complex than an EV? It simply uses a costly system to convert 10,000psi of costly (and inefficient) hydrogen stored in the vehicle to go from mechanical energy, to electrical energy, back to mechanical energy.
    A 100% EV simply goes from chemical energy from the battery to mechanical energy.
    It got its chemical energy from your local power plant, which makes electricity more efficiently than any other method.
    Hydrogen is incredibly inefficient.

  • April 17, 2012 at 13:21

    While the materials for producing a battery are not low in cost, they're also not done in massive scale like the extraction of petroleum and production of the hundreds of parts to make a single ICE (internal combustion engine).

    Lead from the 12 volt battery in your car is around 96% recycled. The most recycled material. Pretty sure Lithium batteries would get similar treatment as well.

    How much of the millions of barrels of petroleum get recycled daily?
    NONE.Its simply consumed and wasted.

  • April 17, 2012 at 17:24

    I thought he was going to run over that lady @1:50 right as he says "it's very nice and quiet…."

  • April 17, 2012 at 18:28

    That's because the new Fords (and some Jaguars) are being designed by the same guy who used to design Astons.

  • April 17, 2012 at 18:29

    Cool video, but would have liked more specs and tests of the car. Could have done without the tacky music too.

  • April 17, 2012 at 22:49

    Can you guys make your videos longer ? they don't all have to be 3 minutes long !!

  • April 17, 2012 at 23:12

    Not to mention that Ford used to own both Jaguar AND Aston Martin.

  • April 18, 2012 at 18:19

    damn, why this car is not for sale? It should easily outsell Nissan Leaf!!!

  • April 19, 2012 at 12:19

    I really love the Verge and I'm sorry to say this but that wasn't much of a test drive now was it ? Your guys either don't know much about cars or this was done on the run. Either way, don't do car test drives if you can't do them properly. Much love !!! And I'm not kidding.

  • May 31, 2012 at 04:18

    I don't see why so many people whine about range. It's very simple – if you drive less then 75 miles a day, it's for you – if you drive more than that, it's not. Anybody who whines about the range is either a big commuter or someone who just can't remember to plug it in when they get home. Either way, it's not for you so watch videos on some other car. It works for 90% of Americans.

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