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.