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.

The 2013 Ford Focus Electric is a recent introduction into the electric vehicle segment. It’s a direct competitor to other fully electric cars like the Nissan LEAF and Honda Fit EV. Many buyers may think that the Focus also competes with the Chevy Volt, but due to the Volt’s range extending gas engine, it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison.

The long weekend in San Francisco was the perfect opportunity to see if an electric car could actually replace a standard gas powered car. Over the course of the weekend I planned to drive to various spots in San Francisco, a baby shower in Oakland and down to San Jose to catch up with friends. How did it do? Well I can say that at least I didn’t have to call Ford’s PR team to inform them that I ran out of juice somewhere on the 101 freeway.


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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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