How it’s distinct:
While similar to a hybrid and plug-in hybrid in that it has an electric motor, high-voltage battery pack and uses regenerative braking, an all-electric vehicle runs purely on electricity, which means zero CO₂ emissions. And no gasoline is required. Ever. And like a plug-in hybrid, an all-electric vehicle features a charging port so it can be plugged into an electric outlet to charge the battery pack. Although it can be charged from a standard 120V wall outlet, charge time is optimized with the use of an available, Ford-approved 240V charging station.
How it works:
All-electric vehicles rely solely on electric power from the lithium-ion battery pack. Ford Focus Electric is projected to have a top speed of 84 mph, with a mpg equivalent competitive with other electric vehicles in the market. The battery pack is charged by plugging the car into an available 240V charging station. A complete charge at 240V takes 3-4 hours – half the time of some other all-electric vehicles. Regenerative braking also helps to charge the battery pack.
How it saves:
Because electricity is generally cheaper than gasoline, an all-electric vehicle can be less costly to operate, especially if it’s charged at night when the rates are lower. Using an average electricity price of 12 to 15 cents per kWh (as of 3/31/11) a full charge of the 23-kWh battery pack in Focus Electric would cost an estimated $2 to $3. Plus, an all-electric vehicle like Focus Electric has fewer moving mechanical parts than a gas-powered vehicle, which nearly eliminates scheduled maintenance, saving drivers time and money on those services. So no matter how long they own the car or how many miles they drive over the years, owners will never:
- Wait in line for oil changes
- Experience the inconvenience of a worn-out muffler, exhaust pipes or serpentine belt
- Have to change dirty engine air filters or fuel filters
- Replace spark plugs or O₂ sensors
How it fits your lifestyle:
An all-electric vehicle is the ideal choice for people who primarily use their vehicle for city driving and daily commutes that fall within the car’s battery pack range. (According to the Federal Government’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the average daily commute is 40 miles, most of which [35 miles] are in a personal vehicle.) By plugging the Focus Electric into the recommended 240V charging station for 3-4 hours, owners are good to go. The vehicle can also be plugged into a 120V outlet – although the charge time will be longer. As with the plug-in hybrid, drivers can use a special MyFord™ Mobile app when they are away from their car to plan their trip, monitor or remotely control its charge status, find charging stations, etc. Similarly, when in their car, they can access MyFord Touch™ screens for additional functionality, including calculating real-time energy consumption and range, route planning and useful reporting features.
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