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Old 01-10-2011, 06:52 PM   #1  
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http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_sh...ook/index.html

I have to say that this is the first all electric vehicle that really interests me as it looks downright impressive. Looks like Ford is taking a page from the Xbox 360 in that you can unlock "achievements" based on how you drive. The Transit Connect Electric that is now out is impressive, and this is even more impressive if it ends up having a driving range that is competitive. 84mph top speed, $2-3 a charge, and enough toys to keep any technology geek giddy for months. I find it most impressive that you'll be able to start it remotely using an app on a smartphone, and even prewarm or cool the car with it.

When it comes time to exit your Focus Electric, Ford says charging will be as easy as "set it and forget it." Program the car ahead of time and the "value charging" feature will only charge the car during off-peak hours, ensuring you the least-costly charge. Based on a nationwide average of 10 cents per kilowatt-hour, Ford says it'll only cost $2 to $3 to charge an empty Focus. The liquid temperature control system will keep the batteries at the optional temperature whether the car's plugged in or not.

When you're away from the car you can still keep an eye on things either through your computer or the MyFord Mobile app on your smartphone. The system will allow you to check the car's charge and range as well as any other information about the vehicle's status. It also will alert you when the car needs to be charged, is finished charging, or when charging has been interrupted. It will also allow you to remotely program charging times and settings, download vehicle data, and perform key functions like locking or unlocking the doors and starting the car remotely. The system can be set to pre-condition the car to your desired temperature settings before you get in, and a GPS locator can help you find it in the mall parking lot. The MyFord Mobile app, with help from MapQuest, will help you find charging stations, check your rangem and even plan trips and send them to the vehicle's navigation system. It'll even give you "achievements" you can post on Facebook and Twitter when you reach certain efficiency goals.

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I like it too. Unfortunately I'd want a car with a bit more range just in case I needed it.
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I like it too. Unfortunately I'd want a car with a bit more range just in case I needed it.
Yeah, I could never consider a fully electric car because they just don't make sense for me. I just think the 2013 Focus Electric is neat, especially because it will likely be the first fully electric car that actually looks neat.

I personally cannot justify the cost, driving range anxiety, along with the fact that batteries lose their ability to hold an amount of charge with each charge/discharge cycle. While the driving range brand new may be 100 miles, that is going to change as the battery ages. I don't even want to know what a 750lb replacement battery pack would cost, as estimates put the massive one on the Nissan Leaf at $10-15k.
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Nice car I like it.
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