Juniper49 wrote:I would appreciate any feedback from others about which one is a better choice for me? It would be a third (around town car) and I am retired with Solar panels on my home's roof. It seems that the Energi has so little battery use and the Focus Electric may not give me the distance in a high altitude/cold climate here in CO.
My 2013 model with the 23kw/h battery (vs the 2017's 185km 33.5 kw/h battery) at its lowest was 80km in the winter, using heat (on and off) and mixed city and highway driving. The 2017 model will have probably 100km-110km at its lowest in similar circumstances (on fairly level terrain with some hills mind you).
As others have said, the car sends energy back to the battery when you are coasting or going down hill. So, your trip downhill will add additional charge to the battery for the eventual trip back up.
It's all about how much you will drive around when you've made it downhill to your destination. You need to keep a reserve in mind for the trip back up. The car estimates your range as best it can based on your driving, but if you have a steep hill to climb you have to remember that the car will show a much reduced range once you start climbing the hill again and expending greater energy to propel the car uphill. Similarly the car will show a much greater range while traveling downhill for an extended time.
This all makes it sound much more complicated than it actually is. As a system it all works well together and is fun. You just need to remember the "fuel gauge" works by tracking driving trends/demand or lack of demand for energy (acceleration or torque).
Range is definitely dependant on the topography your trip will cover. Does anyone know if the new Nav system will calculate range based on terrain, as well as distance? I seem to recall my 2013's Nav could allow you to plan your route taking terrain/topography into account to find the most efficient route.