Ford Motor Company held a Drive Event at Atlantic Station in Atlanta, GA this past fall and I was able to get some pics and videos up close with the new Ford Focus Electric as it charged at the free Solar Charging Spot at Atlantic Station.
The Ford Focus Electric looks very similar to a standard Focus until you look under the hood. It has a liquid-cooled electric motor rated for 123hp or 92 kW. The fuel storage system consists of 23kWh of lithium-ion batteries that can be charged in 3-4 hours on a 240v power source.
The dash is also very similar to the standard Ford Focus. The controls are laid out comfortably with a console-mounted shifter for the single speed automatic transmission.
The interior seating also looks similar to the standard Ford Focus but look closely and notice the fabric made from recycled post-consumer waste. This should help with appealing to the green buying crowd.
The base model price of the Ford Focus Electric is $39,995 before federal and state incentives. For Federal, you'll get a $7,500 tax credit. In my home state of Georgia, you'll get an additional $5,000 tax credit. That brings the net cost to $27,495.00 before sales tax. Visit the Department of Energy's State Tax Incentive Site for more information on tax credits available in your state.
Pro: Charges in less time than the Nissan Leaf's 240v charging system
Con: Doesn't have a HVDC charging outlet (like the Nissan Leaf) so don't expect to pull into Cracker Barrel for a 30 minute Quick Charge in this EV.
Now I hope you enjoy a video overview of the whole package.