Gallery: TEST DRIVE: We Drive the 2013 Ford Focus Electric in San Franc...


With the introduction of electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S and Honda Fit EV, do you ever wonder what it would be like to actually own one? A quick ten minute test drive at a dealership only tells part of the story. Ford recently loaned me a 2013 Ford Focus Electric to drive for a few days in the San Francisco Bay Area. I had one challenge in mind: To see if the Focus Electric could do everything that a gas powered car could do. After four days with the Focus Electric I gave back the keys mostly impressed with Ford’s newest electric car.

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  1. penderbruce September 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I saw a Nissan Leaf with a zero emissions badge on it at work last week. I couldn’t find a tailpipe either. I may be going out on a limb here, but I’m guessing that it didn’t ’emit’ any emissions.
    But I see sconnors point about electricity coming from fossil fuels though…but not ALL electricity comes from fossil fuel. I heard tell of a new-fangled thing called a dam and that one of them got built near Vegas a while ago. It uses water to make electricity.
    I mean, what’ll they think of next…using sunshine or wind to make electricity?

  2. sconnors11 August 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

    It’s not emissions free driving. The electricity comes from fossil burning fuels. That said, the kw/lb co2 efficiency of power providers in California is better than other parts of the country.

    The diesel electric hybrid remains the best alternative for reducing emissions while not sacraficing range. Sadly, diesel engines are not seen as “green”.

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