dwf123
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Our One Year Anniversary

Wed May 29, 2013 5:01 pm

Today marks one year that I have owned the Ford Focus Electric Vehicle. As a little history, I ordered my car on November 28, 2011. I happened to be the first consumer to order the FFEV. My order # is 0001. I live in RI and ordered the car from Schultz Ford in Nanuet, NY. It arrived at the dealership on May 27th, 2012. I paid $33,500.00 after all incentives were received. I was beaten to the delivery gate by a gentlemen from North Carolina (1st consumer delivery) and one from Vermont (2nd consumer delivery). I use the word consumer because Ford made 9 early models and “gave” them to selected customers. However, I am talking about the first manufacturing run of 85 cars and offered to the general public. That’s us!!!

I have driven the FFEV 16,689 miles. I have used an average 273 wH mile. My car is truly a utility vehicle. I am a commuter and my wife and I drive 80 miles round trip to work and home every day. I have a 240v 40amp ChargePoint EVSE set up in my Barn and use a converted Nissan Leaf 240/120v 16 amp EVSE at work. Drive to work – charge, drive home charge.

If you do the math it has cost me $789.93 for electricity. For all of you math wizzes that is $00.149 per kWh, all service charges and taxes included plus a 15% loss factor from EVSE to Battery. (The 15% loss is my actual ChargePoint usage compared to my completed charge of the battery at 60-70% depleted.) My gasser is an Avalon which I previously used for commuting and averaged 25 mpg. Therefore the cost of gasoline would have been $2,336.46 @ $3.50 per gallon. My actual savings have been $1,546.53 over one year of driving. At that rate I will pay for the car in 20 years. Or, breakeven with a comparable Ford Focus $25,000.00 gasser in 5.5 years.

My downs. I truly did not anticipate the drop in mileage over the winter. In RI you should be able to drive anywhere and get home. But, when it is under 40 degrees you lose 20+% of your mileage. I drive the way I want, which is not like a tortoise trying to milk the snake out of its hole. I drive safely, 60 mph on US Route #1, do a lot of coasting in neutral, use my ac in the summer 72 degrees and heater in the winter 66 degrees. I always pre warm or cool the car before starting out. But!!!! I really wish it had 120-150 miles of range instead of 60-80.

My Ford Mobile is whatever. I use it to pre warm/cool the car. I don’t know how much I trust the stats and don’t like the forum setup.

My ups. $1,546.00 extra dollars in my pocket. Sync is amazing. It is a remarkable navigation, phone and radio which have worked flawlessly for me. The car is bright and cool looking. The gauges for watching your battery are very good and I have mastered most of the settings. Zero problems. I have not had one issue with this car that caused me to return to the dealership.

Please ask questions. There are some interesting stories about how I got the ChargePoint – free!! How I ran out of juice in the battery. How I got the Nissan Leaf EVSE reconfigured for 240v. How my brakes squeal because I don’t use them enough. Why I have put 3,000 miles on my gasser this past year. (It is BS when they say you only need a gasser to drive 100 miles 4 times per year.)

And finally, please share your one year anniversary. We are the “early adopters!!!” It took some kahunas to make that choice. Are you happy with your vehicle? Would you do it again?
2012 Ford Focus Electric. Delivered 5/29/2012

v_traveller
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Re: Our One Year Anniversary

Wed May 29, 2013 8:09 pm

Happy Anniversary!!!
vin
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vetboy45
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Re: Our One Year Anniversary

Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:18 pm

I'd like to know if you've seen any degradation in the battery. From what I can tell, batteries that are actively cooled/heated are doing much better than expected and batteries that are air cooled (think Leaf) are doing much poorer.
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jpc1818
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Re: Our One Year Anniversary

Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:37 pm

Congrats on your 1 year!!!
Is there anyway to tell which production # your car is by the VIN?
Thanks,

dwf123
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Re: Our One Year Anniversary

Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:13 pm

I'd like to know if you've seen any degradation in the battery.
Vet Boy. I have been keeping track of mileage Wh/mile and remaining battery % charge. I calculate 5 trips every 5,000 miles and to date I have not seen a reduction in capacity. I consistently end up with a charge of 18.7 to 19.5 kWh. Bear in mind this is subjective because I don't consider the data posted by MyFordMobile to be very reliable. Time will tell.
Is there anyway to tell which production # your car is by the VIN?
JCP1818 - I do not know how to read the vin # to determine that. My vin # is 1FAHP3R40CL363848. If you can deduce the production # let me know. Thanks......
2012 Ford Focus Electric. Delivered 5/29/2012

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Re: Our One Year Anniversary

Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:40 am

Here is all the information contained in the VIN:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_Id ... ion_Number

You can also use the Ford VIN decoder here:
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_li ... Codes.html
or here:
http://www.fordvindecoder.com/

Note that the last 6 digits are a sequence number (thus a higher value for those means that it was made later in the model year). Also note that the sequence number isn't just for FFE's but for all Focuses so someone may have sequence number 123456 but the next built FFE may not be 123457 but perhaps something much higher.

The 10th digit is the model year:
C=2012
D=2013
E=2014

Thus dwf's VIN says:
- North American car (1)
- Ford manufacturer (F)
- FFE (P3R)
- 2012 (C)
- Sequence # of 363848
2018 Cajun Red Chevy Bolt
2016 Magnetic C-Max Energi (lease returned)
2014 Sunset Escape
2014 Thor Axis (V-10)
2013 Focus Electric (lease returned Jan 2016 for the C-Max above)
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gunther
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Re: Our One Year Anniversary

Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:26 pm

Great post, dwf123! I love seeing the cost breakdown and hearing the stories from the real world! I hope everyone does this on their anniversary. I'm curious about the mechanism for losing mileage in the winter. Is it just that the battery can't take as much charge when it's colder, or is it having to run the heater while driving, or does the battery just run less efficiently when you drive in the winter? I'm curious how much of a difference it will make to keep the car in the garage vs outside in the winter time - if the battery won't take as much charge it could affect the mileage a lot.

Of course, I live in California, which seems like about the most EV-friendly place to be. Never gets too cold or too hot (where you're blasting heater or AC) and you get carpool lane stickers. I salute you guys who are driving EVs in places with less friendly weather and less side benefits. Thank you for blazing the trail!

dmen
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Re: Our One Year Anniversary

Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:29 pm

Thanks for the report! I'm at 6 months Friday.

Gunther,

Decreased range in winter seems to be from all of the above.
1. When batteries are cold, car will use some of its stored electricity to run the battery warmer while driving, but not while parked. If plugged in, will use that energy to keep them warmed. Keeping garaged might help if garage is heated and you're taking very short drives, so batteries wouldn't need to be heated by the car. Otherwise not so much. Keeping plugged is good though.
2. Cabin heater is very effective, but not energy efficient at all. Driving mixed city-highway, under 30F I see more than 50% more electricity use, or available range about 60% as much as range w/o heat running.
3. Available battery capacity is less. Not sure if it can't charge as fully, won't deplete as completely, or "leaks" electricity while running, but I see ~16kWh available in very cold weather vs 19.5 in good weather.

Bay Area, Santa Barbara, San Diego, pretty much anywhere on the coast... perfect EV locations. Central Valley, LA on the other hand... Pretty hot. I am in Chicago- despite the cold issue EVs are actually a great fit here too. Terrain is crazy flat. Traffic is thick, favoring EV/hybrids. Summer isn't too hot. Electricity rates are below average. And we don't have the sprawl nearly as bad, so ranges of current EVs work just fine here. Now if the auto manufacturers would just figure this out and start marketing EVs here, things could happen.

I don't mean to be a hater, but the carpool lane thing seems wrong to me. When I was a kid living in LA, carpool lanes were made to ease traffic congestion. Air quality was a side benefit. Now obviously you focus on the air more, but I hope all those with access stickers are bringing a few passengers along for the ride once in a while. Are hybrids still given stickers too? With all those priuses, are the carpool lanes any faster than the main lanes?
2013 Ice Storm FFE, Dec 2012

gunther
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Re: Our One Year Anniversary

Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:24 pm

dmen wrote: I don't mean to be a hater, but the carpool lane thing seems wrong to me. When I was a kid living in LA, carpool lanes were made to ease traffic congestion. Air quality was a side benefit. Now obviously you focus on the air more, but I hope all those with access stickers are bringing a few passengers along for the ride once in a while. Are hybrids still given stickers too? With all those priuses, are the carpool lanes any faster than the main lanes?
Plug-in hybrids can get stickers, but just regular gas/electric hybrids cannot.

I'm on the fence about the overall benefit to society that giving electrics carpool sticker provides - but since that's what we as a society have decided I'm happy to take advantage of it!

dmen
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Re: Our One Year Anniversary

Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:41 pm

Totally- we don't even have carpool lanes here, let alone special access for zero emissions vehicles. If we did, I'd jump on it too!

My brother had an early model year Civic Hybrid in CA and had HOV stickers on it. I guess CA changed the rules? Does it phase out for EVs after a certain number have registered?

Here in IL we have a nice state rebate of $4000 for an EV purchase, though it takes more than 6 months to receive. And discounted vehicle registration, about 80% off. And some options for home EVSE installation rebates/assistance.
2013 Ice Storm FFE, Dec 2012

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