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by BlueNotGreen
Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: General / Main Focus Electric Owners Forum
Topic: Things new onwer should know?
Replies: 9
Views: 6121

Re: Things new onwer should know?

As danholl mentioned, make sure you hold down the brake pedal when you press on Start button. If you don't, then the car will be able to move about 20 feet and then it will stop (I made that mistake and was confused for a bit, wondering what was wrong).

It's a great car. Welcome to the family. :D
by BlueNotGreen
Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: General / Main Focus Electric Owners Forum
Topic: Long Term Airport Parking?
Replies: 5
Views: 4510

Re: Long Term Airport Parking?

There will obviously be some parasitic drain due to car alarm and likely some internal every-once-in-a-while-checks (my guess). There is also some minor self-discharge due to the nature of chemical batteries (Li-Ion are pretty good here). One week should be no problem at all. I would not expect the ...
by BlueNotGreen
Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: General / Main Focus Electric Owners Forum
Topic: Car stoped at signal
Replies: 9
Views: 5745

Re: Car stoped at signal

About how many miles do you have on your car? And car age?

My car is a few months old but under 1k miles (mostly just work which is near by). I wonder if it is only relatively new cars (like within the first month).

Thanks.
by BlueNotGreen
Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:16 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging Forum
Topic: New Focus EV Owner!
Replies: 5
Views: 6827

Re: New Focus EV Owner!

Congrats! One hint to a new owner is to always remember to hold down the brake pedal when turning on your car. If you don't, you may be able to move the car sluggishly for 20 feet or so, but then it stops moving (just far enough to get you into trouble). If that happens, you should power cycle the c...
by BlueNotGreen
Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: Suggestions for Ford
Topic: Dear Ford...
Replies: 28
Views: 39660

Re: Dear Ford...

How about a remote control that doesn't trigger "or are you just happy to see me" jokes. Seriously the remote is truly cumbersome.

Oh, and a lock for the glove compartment would be nice.

My gripes are small; this car really delivers on so very much.
by BlueNotGreen
Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Daytime running lights
Replies: 19
Views: 20879

Re: Daytime running lights

I can't find mention of DRL in the online info for the car. I have heard that Canadian cars have it (but then they have square tires ;) ) The PDF manual states the following: DAYTIME RUNNING LAMPS (DRL) (IF EQUIPPED) The system turns the headlamps on. To switch the system on, switch the vehicle to R...
by BlueNotGreen
Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:45 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Focus Electric won't start
Replies: 16
Views: 19482

Re: Focus Electric won't start

I have charged a couple of times since mentioning my clock reset and strange faint snapping sounds. There have been no such incidents since. I switched back to non-GPS clock setting just for purpose of detecting clock problems, but no problems have happened again. All that I have experienced is pure...
by BlueNotGreen
Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Focus Electric won't start
Replies: 16
Views: 19482

Re: Focus Electric won't start

In my case I did not get any listed errors. Something seemed strange one morning during my first week where I was able to back out of my garage, but the steering wheel seemed unpowered. Then I couldn't move forward (while my car was in a blocking position for traffic, of which thankfully there wasn'...
by BlueNotGreen
Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Focus Electric won't start
Replies: 16
Views: 19482

Re: Focus Electric won't start

I haven't had that happen, but there was a bit where I heard some faint electric snaps coming from somewhere near the shifter. The next day my clock was off by like 6 hours and non-zero minutes (meaning not a round number of hours). I switched to GPS-based time setting so I don't know if this has ha...
by BlueNotGreen
Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:27 pm
Forum: Suggestions for Ford
Topic: Electric Keys don't like sweaty jogs
Replies: 1
Views: 3458

Re: Electric Keys don't like sweaty jogs

Yeah, but just think of the great workout you'll get lugging around all that extra weight! ;) I love my FFE, but that key is just obnoxious, way larger than the electronic Honda Accord key it replaces. Perhaps the key is loaded with an extra battery just in case your car runs low and you just need a...

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