What is going on here? This occasion is very rare. That anyway.
We are approaching the end of the EV10Daagse. On the one hand, it is a shame, because in this way we learn more about the new techniques and the rapid developments in the car sector. On the other hand, we can still very much appreciate a good combustion engine. Fortunately, we do not sell cars, we write about them. We can continue to do that for years to come. Good news: that will happen too!
Ford Focus Electric
But coming back to the electric cars. We are probably looking at the current generation of EVs as we now think about the Pocketline Swing, Gripz and Darwin Phones. With melancholy. One of those cars where we already do that is the Ford Focus Electric. We will explain why. However, we cannot recommend that you take a serious look at it, provided the car fits into your ‘usage profile’.
This Focus Electric on Marktplaats is from 2013. It still looks very fresh, especially because the current generation is not very different. It is a luxurious and complete Titanium version, so that is not the problem. The price of the vehicle is in fact 15,295 euros. Not cheap, but given the power and luxury not so much. Especially when you take into account that the car has driven 43,380 kilometers. Whether that is a lot or a little, we will leave it in the middle. For a Focus from 2013 it is of course not much in principle. But if you’ve had to load yourself, then it’ll handle it as A LOT more.
If we look at Marktplaats, we see that there are not yet a handful of Focus Electrics for sale. Why not? Because it sounds like a good combination. We Dutch love the Ford Focus. Good price, great handling and nice and practical. Electric (certainly in combination with a subsidy) is something we can also encourage. So what’s going wrong?
Charging times Ford Focus Electric
Two things: loading times and range. The battery capacity was only 23 kWh. Now there are small batteries that you can charge very quickly. That is not the problem. But that is not the case with this battery. You can spend a few hours throwing it on the charger at home. According to Ford about 3.5 hours. Once you did that, you could drive 162 km.
Range Ford Focus Electric
That 162 km is according to the NEDC. So a lot goes away if you want to translate consumption from ‘on paper’ to ‘on asphalt’. Half are still quite optimistic. The Focus Electric was therefore not a success. The occasions that are for sale look neat. Not a single copy has run many kilometers (for logical reasons). So if YOU are the person who has a charging station in the driveway and can also charge at work (which is no further than 50 km away): this might be the ideal car. Otherwise, luck will also be able to find regular Focuses for sale on Marktplaats. Check here the electric Focus ad!
When you see how many kilometers an electric car has to drive over its lifespan to be really green, this is quite sad.
Volvo recently indicated that their Polestar has to drive 70k miles to be truly green, that is to say to remove the negative effect on the environment of the battery + car.
@dees: Assuming an average life span of 300,000 km for a car, even according to your calculation, the Polestar is already ‘green’ for d3 half of its life. Let’s just say that the EV is twice as ‘green’. Not bad, I think.1
@dees: But this one has a fairly small battery, so the calculation is very different.
The best is an electric car with a precisely tailored battery. So small battery only for daily rides is best. Maarja user also wants to take a long drive.
At about 100k km, the Polestar has just been run in. That means that after that it is cleaner for about 200k – 300k km than its fuel counterparts.
That is quite significant.
In the European energy mix ‘only’ 48.5k miles (or 78k km) so with a little more patience, this Focus will achieve that, but it is quite hopeless yes.
On the other hand: this Focus has a considerably smaller battery, so the tipping point is a lot closer. Polestar calculates that the production of the Polestar 2 including battery pack will cause 10 tons more CO2 emissions than the production of the Volvo XC40 – namely 24 tons vs 14 tons.
Huuuu… what an ugly loft. Those taillights. That dashboard.
Have you been a rental car? (No smoking sticker on the dashboard)
Can someone explain this bizarre license plate? That’s what surprises me the most.1