Ford Focus Electric in the test

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Ford Focus Electric in the test
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D he Ford Focus before the Golf? That applies at least to the introduction date of the all-electric compacts. Just in time for the IAA, Ford is sending the Ford Focus Electric, produced in Saarlouis, to dealers. Volkswagen customers will have to wait until the beginning of next year for the E-Golf, so that the Ford Focus Electric will be the first purely electrically powered large-scale model that will hit Germany's roads in significant numbers. Not as a highly complex, capricious high-voltage aristocrat, but close to the citizen with conventional controls, easily understandable technology, balanced driving behavior and astonishing dynamics be transmitted. The energy is supplied by two lithium-ion blocks with a capacity of 23 kilowatt hours - not exactly small, but expensive and heavy: the battery pack in the rear of the 1.6-ton Ford Focus Electric weighs around 300 kilograms, which is more than the Focus 2.0 TDCi 140 hp is 110 kilograms.

Sit down: Well-padded seats welcome the driver and front passenger, the seating position is low, the feeling of space suffers a little from the flat A-pillars. This is focus. Then the start button is pressed, the electronics move with an almost inaudible hum to the watch out position - the selector lever to 'D' and off you go. Unspectacular, direct, powerful and, above all, noiseless, that's how the Electric reacts to the pressure on the accelerator pedal. If you pedal fully from a standing start, you will experience rubber-band-like acceleration up to 100 km /h for almost 10.4 seconds. The manual diesel is hardly faster with a sprint time of 9.6 seconds. The Electric needs around 17 seconds to reach the recommended speed on the Autobahn, and it's over at 137 km /h.

Does the higher weight affect the curve dynamics? Does the E-Focus, which is around 40 kilograms heavier at the rear, even tend to oversteer? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! He rushes through fast corners neutrally, there is no reason for load change reactions. However, there is a little lack of traction when accelerating out of tighter radii. Especially in wet conditions, the extra-low rolling resistance Michelin Energy Saver tires quickly reach their limits.

Ford promises a range of 162 km, but can the Electric keep this promise? Like clockwork, it unwinds lap after lap on the mostly inner-city test track. Firstafter exactly 157 km the remaining range is at zero, after another five kilometers the focus stops. The driving time of five hours and 15 minutes is even more impressive than the number of kilometers driven. Because that should definitely be enough for normal everyday traffic. However, if you turn on the heating or air conditioning, you won't get that far. Now charging: At fast charging stations with 32 A charging current, the Focus is fresh again in around four hours, at a 16-amp socket at home a full charge takes eight to eleven hours. Our meter determines 25.2 kilowatt hours for this, a battery charge currently costs around seven euros.

E-mobility does not mean foregoing in the Ford Focus

Range and maximum speed are limited, including payload and trunk (237 to 363 liters) are a bit smaller due to the battery pack in the cargo area, but the space and comfort at the front and rear remain unchanged. In addition, the 39,990 Euro Ford Focus Electric can be moved as normally and relaxed as any model with a perfectly working automatic transmission. Driving fun is included, combined with the good feeling of driving locally emission-free and, above all, quietly. A feeling that is occasionally accompanied by a certain amount of thrill, for example when the battery capacity is visibly running low in an unexpected commuter traffic jam.

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