Electric cars are becoming an increasingly familiar sight on the roads and at dealerships. With the cost of owning and electric car going down, and the price of gas going up, more and more people are considering buying an electric car. One auto manufacturer is committed to offering an electric car for all of its vehicles. Ford electric cars are user-friendly, eco-friendly, and can be easier on your wallet, too. We are going to look at some frequently asked questions about electric cars manufactured by Ford.
1. What Are Ford Electric Cars?
Electric cars are those that run on electricity. They use an electric motor that is powered by batteries or a fuel cell. There are different types of electric cars on the market:
2. How Does An Electric Car Affect The Environment?
When talking about air pollution and greenhouse gases, electric vehicles are usually cleaner than gas-powered or hybrid vehicles. Battery electric cars are fueled by the cleanest electricity and their greenhouse gas emissions could be compared to a car that gets over 100 miles per gallon.
If the battery or fuel cell is charged only with renewable energy, such as solar energy, then the electric car is almost emission free. However, if they are charged via conventional electrical supply, as nearly all are, then the cost of generating that must electricity must be taken into consideration when thinking about eco-friendly these cars actually are.
The batteries are another issue. The batteries create a fair amount of industrial waste to produce and require special facilities to deal with them once they are used up. Both production and recycling of batteries creates significant environmental issues that need to be worked out.
3. How Does An Electric Car Work?
Battery electric vehicles use a traction battery pack to power the electric engine. A DC/DC converter changes the high-voltage electricity to a lower voltage that the engine can use. This electricity is then sent to the electric engine through the power electronics controller. This controls the speed and torque of the engine. The electric motor uses this electricity to drive the wheels by sending it through the transmission. A thermal system keeps the engine operating at the proper temperature. Some electric cars have batteries that recharge when the brake is pushed.
4. Where Can I Buy A Ford Electric Car?
We recommend contacting your local Ford dealer for information on purchasing a Ford electric car. Their sales staff can assist you in selecting the model that is right for you. This also gives you the opportunity to test drive a car before buying, which we suggest you do no matter what kind of car you wish to purchase.
5. How Much Does It Cost To Operate An Electric Car?
Electric cars also do not need to have their oil changed like a gas engine does. The electric motor and battery require very little maintenance since there are few moving parts.
The cost of electric vehicles is going down. It is becoming less expensive to manufacture the battery packs that power the electric engines, helping to lower the cost. Also, more electric vehicles are entering the market which will also help to bring down the cost.
6. How Long Does It Take To Recharge An Electric Car's Battery?
Most electric car batteries need about an hour of charge time to add around 20 miles of range. If your electric car has a 200 mile range it will take approximately 10 hours to fully recharge if the battery is drained. A car with a range of 115 miles, like the Focus Electric, will take around 6 hours to recharge. Most electric cars can be plugged into a socket at your home for convenient overnight charging.
7. How Far Can An Electric Car Go On A Single Charge?
The average electric cars are able to travel anywhere from 50 to 80 miles on a single charge. Some models, like the upcoming Ford Model E, can travel 200 miles or more on a single charge. For most people, the 50 miles range is enough to get them through their day and back home at night, where they can plug in and charge up.
8. What Is The Lifespan Of An Electric Car Battery?
The lithium ion phosphate batteries found in commercially produced electric cars can last up to ten years. If your car is powered with standard car batteries you many need to replace them every year.
How We Reviewed
The two Ford electric cars we reviewed were rated using the following guidelines: features, price, performance, and warranty. The Ford Focus Electric has been recently upgraded to make it a top performer in its class. The second Ford electric car, the Fushion, is scheduled for release sometime in 2019.
What We Reviewed
This is the first electric car that Ford has released, and it has a lot to commend it: particularly since the 2018 upgrade which improved many features.
The Ford Focus Electric car seats 5 people easily in its roomy interior of 91 cubic feet. This does lessen the cargo capacity, lowering it to 14 cubic feet
This Ford electric car has a top speed of 84 miles an hour with 184 lb-ft of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 in 9.9 seconds. It comes standard with a 107 kw electric traction engine powered by a 33.5 kwh liquid-cooled lithium ion battery. This runs the single speed transmission. The ChargePort can charge on 120v, 240v, or DC for the Fast Charge option.
It has an anti-lock disc brake system that is also a regenerative braking system. It comes with electronic braking assistance. The Ford Focus Electric has a Control Blade independent rear suspension that includes a stabilizer bar.
This car comes standard with the SYNC-3-Enhanced Voice Recognition Communications and Entertainment System. It has an 8 inch LCD touchscreen with Swipe capability. You can listen to HD radio or Sirius XM on the Sony Branded Audio System which has 9 speakers. The voice activated touchscreen navigation system is linked to Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link. There are 2 smart charging USB ports for your phone or tablet.
The Ford Focus Electric car seats 5 people comfortably. If has heated front seats and a 60/40 split folding rear bench seat with a flip up cushion. The driver's seat has 6-way manual adjustment and the front passenger seat has a 4-way adjustment.
The interior offers plenty of storage space, with a floor console, an overhead console, map pockets on the back of the driver and passenger seats, and storage bins on the doors. There are heat vents to the rear seats to keep your passengers comfortable any time of year. The leather wrapped steering wheel is adjustable 4 ways for the most comfortable handling. Electric window controls on both front and rear doors allow you and your passengers ease of operation. To keep you looking as good as your car, there are dual lighted vanity mirrors on the visors.
The Ford Focus Electric comes with a slew of safety features. There are dual-stage front airbags along with front-sear side-impact airbags. You and your passengers are also protected by the Safety Canopy System, which is first and second row side-curtain airbags. The height-adjustable, three-point safety belts will keep you riding safely, and the Focus Electric will remind you to put them on with Belt-Minder. The rear doors are equipped with child-safety locks. Children are also kept safe with LATCH.
Ford has designed the Focus Electric to operate with a remote keyless entry for your safety and convenience. It has a perimeter alarm and a passive anti-theft system.
The Ford Focus Electric has an excellent warranty package. There is a Bumper to Bumper warranty for 3 years or 36,000 miles. The Powertrain warranty keeps you covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. The Roadside Assistance Program and Safety Restraint System is there to keep you safe and to help you out for 5 years or 60 miles as well.
The second Ford electric car is the Ford Fushion, which is set to be released in 2019. Initially this car will be offered as a 4-door compact car, but plans are in the works for future models to be available in different body styles.
It is predicted that the 2019 Ford Fushion will have an interior design similar to the Focus Electric. This will give the driver and passenger plenty of legroom and storage space. Cloth seats will come standard but you can, of course, upgrade to leather seats.
The Ford Fushion is expected to have a 200 mile driving range on a single charge.
It is almost certain that the Fushion will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which you will enjoy listening to on a premium sound system. Bluetooth, a navigation system and voice recognition will all be standard features.
With an interior design similar to the Focus Electric, the Fushion should seat 5 in comfort.
We would expect that the comfort and convenience feature of the Fushion will be very much like those found in the Focus Electric.
Safety and Security
The safety and security features of the Focus Electric will carry over to the Fushion. We would expect nothing less than a carry over of those quality features on its newest Ford electric car.
No warranty information is available at this time.
These two Ford electric cars are very close in performance and safety, as well as comfort and entertainment features. The Focus Electric is currently available to purchase, although we recommend the 2018 model over previous years due to its upgrades; especially the upgrade in range from 74 miles to 115 miles. If you are willing to wait, then the Fushion is the car of choice given its projected 200 mile range. The new Fushion rivals the Tesla Model S in performance, mileage and other features for less than half the price. We suggest test driving both cars to see which is the right one for you.