Despite consumer uptake that hasn’t quite lived up to the hype, the market for electric vehicles continues to expand, with Ford the latest entrant with the 2012 Ford Focus Electric. A zero-emissions electric vehicle with a 76-mile range and a top speed of 84 miles per hour, the car is clearly intended to be a competitor to the Nissan Leaf, with Ford noting that it just manages to best the latter car is several key specs. I was able to spend some time with the new Focus to get a sense of what driving it is like — and who it may really be aimed at.
Compared to its competition, the Focus Electric is a handsome vehicle. A stylistic riff on the Focus line in general, it features a decorative grill — equal parts Mini Cooper and Aston…
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