Ford shows off Focus EV in San Francisco

As it turns out, the Ford Focus Electric is well-suited for San Francisco driving.
Lindsay Riddell

As it turns out, the Ford Focus Electric is well-suited for San Francisco driving.

In addition to our propensity to adopt environmental technologies early, there are some other, less obvious reasons that Ford is targeting San Franciscans with its first all-electric offering, the Ford Focus Electric.

For one thing, the Focus gets better mileage-per-charge in stop-and-go conditions than it does on long stretches of highway. The reason: braking in a Focus Electric recharges the batteries.

“This is a big city with a lot of urban drivers,” said Kevin Layden, director of electrification programs and engineering at Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F)

One could argue San Francisco is one of the the stop-and-goiest cities out there and I proved it on a three mile test drive today, during which I gained 5 miles in battery range with efficient braking. Go me.

By the same logic, the Focus also does well in hilly terrain, since energy expended to power the car up a hill, can be recaptured on the way down a hill when slowing the vehicle.

Read more about the test drive and see more images in the San Francisco Business Times.

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