2012 Ford Focus Electric Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Ford Focus - Road Test Specs

2012 Ford Focus Electric

(Electric 1-speed Direct Drive)


Year Make Model2012 Ford Focus BEV 4dr Hatchback (electric motor, DD)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 5-passenger Hatchback
Base MSRP$39,995
Options on test vehicleNone
As-tested MSRP$39,995
Assembly locationWayne, Michigan


ConfigurationTransverse, front-mounted electric motor, front-wheel drive
Engine typeAC synchronous permanent magnet electric motor
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)143
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)184 @ 0
Fuel typeElectricity
Electric motor rating (kW)107
Battery typeLithium-ion, liquid cooled/heated
Battery capacity, rated (kW-hr)23
Transmission typeCoaxial single-speed direct drive


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.7
Tire make and modelMichelin Energy Saver A/S
Tire typeAll-season, low rolling resistance
Tire sizeP225/50R17 93V
Wheel size17-by-7 inches
Wheel materialCast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front10.9-inch ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.7-inch solid cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)4.0
0-45 mph (sec.)6.4
0-60 mph (sec.)9.6
0-75 mph (sec.)14.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.2 @ 82.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.3
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.0
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.4
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)9.7
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)14.5
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)17.3 @ 81.9
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)126
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.6
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON62.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.76
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.76
Sound level @ idle (dB)35.9
@ Full throttle (dB)63.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)62.9

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsSlow off the line, then gradually builds speed, eventually topping out at a limited top speed of 85 mph. Acceleration times were unaffected by the choice of D or L. Ovelapping the throttle and brake was of no benefit at launch.
Braking commentsFirst stop the pedal went almost to the floor. Firmed up slightly on subsequent ones, but always felt spongy. First stop was 129 feet; second stop was the shortest at 126 feet. Performance was fairly consistent, as the sixth and final stop was 131 feel.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Tires have little grip. It just wants to understeer like crazy and push wide of the arc. Changes in throttle had hardly any effect. With ESC turned on I could just plant the throttle and let the computer sort it out. Slalom: For some reason the EV feels like it has a higher center of gravity than the standard Focus, even though it shouldn't. (ED: the rear weight bias is 51 percent -- much more than the standard Focus.) Beyond that, the Focus EV could be a reasonably fun car to take through the slalom if not for the overly sensitive ESC system. Steering is reasonably intuitive and it turns in nicely. The slippy tires don't exactly help, of course; they squeal massively even when turning around to begin another run.

Testing Conditions

Test date7/17/2012
Test location1,121
Elevation (ft.)73.3
Temperature (°F)45.9
Relative humidity (%)28.74
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)1.5, crosswind
Wind (mph, direction)3,982
Odometer (mi.)Electricity
Fuel used for test38/38
As-tested ballasted trailer weight (lbs.)110 city/99 highway/105 combined MPGe (32 kWh/100 miles)

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)119 MPGe (28.4 kWh/100 miles)
Edmunds estimated monthly fuel cost ($)AM/FM/CD with HD radio

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionStandard iPod via USB jack, USB stick, SD card, Bluetooth streaming, RCA jacks
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard Sirius
Satellite radioNot available
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentStandard
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard w/traffic
Navigation systemMy Ford Mobile remote charge management via iPhone/Android app
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard
Smart entry/StartStandard back-up camera and rear parking sonar
Parking aidsNot available
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionStandard
Driver coaching display3,624

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,597
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)49/51
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)172.9
Length (in.)71.8
Width (in.)58.2
Height (in.)104.3
Wheelbase (in.)60.5
Track, front (in.)59.6
Track, rear (in.)36
Turning circle (ft.)43.7
Legroom, front (in.)33.2
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)38.3
Headroom, front (in.)37.9
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)55.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.7
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)5
Seating capacity14.8
Step-in height, measured (in.)14.5
Trunk volume, top down (cu-ft)35.5
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)27.9
Tow capacity, as equipped (lbs.)Front wheels must be supported by tow dolly
Operation lockout3 years/36,000 miles


Bumper-to-bumper5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/Unlimited miles
Corrosion5 years/60,000 miles

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