So yesterday was a sad day, I walked away from my trusty FFE after 3 1/2 years and 38,500 miles of ownership. The last drive down to the dealership to pick up my new car was bittersweet...anticipation for what I was getting, but sadness since the FFE had far exceeded my expectations. The FFE showed me that an electric car could meet more than 95% of my transportation needs, and do so at a cost far below a traditional vehicle with an ICE. It also did this without sacrificing the fun of driving. The Focus is a wonderful platform to begin with (I also own a Focus RS, which, if you haven't driven one, you really should!!), and the electrification of that platform doesn't sacrifice what it is really good at, which is road feel and driving dynamics.
Over the course of my FFE ownership, I had no repair bills or failures due to the car, except for the 12V battery, which died about 2 1/2 years into ownership and was replaced under the Ford factory warranty. I did have one breakdown, but that was not the fault of the car, it was my fault for leaving edibles in my garage that the local critters found and enjoyed, and then decided to continue feasting on the car wiring. My dealer fixed this for $400. I was still on the original tires, rotated every 7500 miles or so. Over the life of the car I kept a weekly log of energy useage. Over the entire 38,500 miles I averaged 246 Whr/mi. Lately my energy useage improved to the high 220's / low 230's. Not sure what I was doing different to cause this. But I was not a hyper-miler; I frequently was running on the speed limiter, just so that I wasn't getting run over by traffic. But I also spent a lot of time in bumper to bumper traffic. Depreciation, despite what the EV-critics say, was the best of any car I've ever owned. After incentives and discounts, I paid $13,800 for my car brand new. I was given $11,500 as a trade-in. Yes, compared to MSRP, that's a huge depreciation, but in real-time costs (which really matters), that is almost nothing.
I'm going to miss the FFE. It was highly practical, highly efficient, and a hoot to drive. I'm also going to miss this forum, which was very helpful when I was a noobie to EVs. I've since moved on to another EV, but the FFE will "always be my first"....and so I will always remember it fondly.
Cheers, and best of luck to the (shrinking) FFE population.
GONE - 2015 FFE, Magnetic with leather interior, debadged & tinted
38,500 miles (since May 2015), average 246 Wh/mile
REPLACED WITH - 2018 Tesla Model3, LR RWD, Obsidian Black