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Does anyone know what happened to the Ford Focus EVs in the UK? Several years ago now I remember getting the chance to test one, and aside from the lack of rapid charging and almost no space in the trunk thanks to the battery, they actually weren't terrible and quite nice to drive.

I was taking a look this morning out of curiosity to see what sort of price they were used now, but couldn't find anything about them in the UK, and nothing on Autotrader or anything like that.

I Know there were quite a few of them, and that the fleet that I had the chance to test out ended up in Ford's GoDrive Car club in London for a while, a second batch was used internally by Ford, and a very small third batch was passed to a limited number of dealers to sell.

I Know that on the V5s for the original fleet were all registered as "Gray Ford Other" or something along those lines, not correctly named, meaning that I can only find a very small few cars on howmanyleft.co.uk - Presumably this is the small batch of around 25 that were sold by dealers to customers.

I assume somebody, somewhere knows where they all ended up?
 

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I don't know the answers to your questions, sorry.

I do think that if Ford had produced a Focus EV with similar battery/charging to the e-Golf, but a bit cheaper, it would have been a great success. Or a Fiesta EV, would've been even more popular.
 

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I did some digging through my document history and found the license plate of one I tested out. I've run the plate on the Autotrader checker, and just like I remembered seeing on the registration paperwork it is listed as a 'FORD UNKNOWN' - Trying these words on howmanyleft also brings no helpful results. Unknown.jpg

Why?
Why not Leaf?
Is it a case of being different?
Warranties?
Spares?
Orphan?????
I never said I necessarily wanted one. I've just recently got rid of my 2016 30kWh LEAF and trying to decide what to buy next. The Focus wasn't on my list at all. I absolutely need rapid charge support and plenty of space so that rules it out straight away. I was just rather curious about what happened to them, and what sort of value they had today. When I was testing them many years ago it was a test on behalf of an organization to get an idea of if they would have been suitable. Even back then, it appeared to be a nightmare to find anyone willing to work on them, and I imagine if anything on the HV side of things was to fail on one today it would be as good as scrap.

If Ford has any sense they took them all back and crushed them.
Yeah, I can kinda see why they may be wanting to remove all evidence of their existence as it didn't really help their reputation in the EV world, but it would still be quite a shame if almost all of them were unnecessarily scrapped.

I do think that if Ford had produced a Focus EV with similar battery/charging to the e-Golf, but a bit cheaper, it would have been a great success. Or a Fiesta EV, would've been even more popular.
Oh, absolutely. If they could have been a bit more sensible with battery placement, added DC Charging support, and had the dealer network take EVs more seriously an electric Fiesta or Focus would have been right up there alongside the LEAF and Zoe. Missed opportunity for sure, but even years later today they still don't seem to be making much progress. There's a PHEV Transit that I am still yet to see in the wild, and the Mach-E which they ruined the reputation of from day 1 by calling it a Mustang.
 

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Must admit that before I went with the Renault Zoe in 2016, and now just picked up my 3rd a GTline Ze50, I was a Ford man. Had Escort, fiesta then Mondeo, then went back and had prob 3 fiestas... all one after the other.. I so wanted an EV but all ford had was the EV focus.. So took the plunge and bought a Zoe Dynamique Nav 22kw with batter lease for about £9.5k after discounts. I soooooo wanted a EV fiesta buy hey ford were not really interested in Evs, big shame.
 

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UPDATE:
I did some digging through my document history and found the license plate of one I tested out. I've run the plate on the Autotrader checker, and just like I remembered seeing on the registration paperwork it is listed as a 'FORD UNKNOWN' - Trying these words on howmanyleft also brings no helpful results. View attachment 131467


I never said I necessarily wanted one. I've just recently got rid of my 2016 30kWh LEAF and trying to decide what to buy next. The Focus wasn't on my list at all. I absolutely need rapid charge support and plenty of space so that rules it out straight away. I was just rather curious about what happened to them, and what sort of value they had today. When I was testing them many years ago it was a test on behalf of an organization to get an idea of if they would have been suitable. Even back then, it appeared to be a nightmare to find anyone willing to work on them, and I imagine if anything on the HV side of things was to fail on one today it would be as good as scrap.


Yeah, I can kinda see why they may be wanting to remove all evidence of their existence as it didn't really help their reputation in the EV world, but it would still be quite a shame if almost all of them were unnecessarily scrapped.


Oh, absolutely. If they could have been a bit more sensible with battery placement, added DC Charging support, and had the dealer network take EVs more seriously an electric Fiesta or Focus would have been right up there alongside the LEAF and Zoe. Missed opportunity for sure, but even years later today they still don't seem to be making much progress. There's a PHEV Transit that I am still yet to see in the wild, and the Mach-E which they ruined the reputation of from day 1 by calling it a Mustang.
Totally pointless.thread.
 

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All photos I saw were LHD did they actually do a RHD version? According to review below, they updated it in 2017 to 33kWh so presumably they sold some, perhaps to fleets who had a "Ford only" policy? I can't see many people will have bought it over other BEVs, especially eGolf. At least with the forthcoming Mach-e there should be more Ford dealers trained on EVs and able to fix it, subject to parts being available.

 

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Totally pointless.thread.
Start pruning 'pointless' threads and we'd have very little left ! But I don't agree that enquiring about a BEV that never quite made it is pointless.
 

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All photos I saw were LHD did they actually do a RHD version? According to review below, they updated it in 2017 to 33kWh so presumably they sold some, perhaps to fleets who had a "Ford only" policy? I can't see many people will have bought it over other BEVs, especially eGolf. At least with the forthcoming Mach-e there should be more Ford dealers trained on EVs and able to fix it, subject to parts being available.

Yeah they definitely existed in RHD. (See
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The 2017 update never made it to the UK as far as I know. It was just the original that we had here, only 64 and 15 plates to my knowledge.

By 2017 here it looked like Ford were well underway with their plan to hide all the evidence and pretend the car never existed!
 

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They did a price list in 2017 (attached) but presumably didn't actually take any orders?
 

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According to DVLA data (available on the Dept for Transport website), there were 4 Ford Focus EVs on the road at the end of 2019. At its peak in early 2015, there were 23 in total.

Astonishingly low EV numbers for a major manufacturer.
 

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According to DVLA data (available on the Dept for Transport website), there were 4 Ford Focus EVs on the road at the end of 2019. At its peak in early 2015, there were 23 in total.

Astonishingly low EV numbers for a major manufacturer.
I assume that’s just the same data I saw on howmanyleft and pulls whatever was written on the V5 registration. As mentioned earlier in the thread, I believe only the ones that got sold to customers were titled as a Focus Electric. The first lot were just “Ford Unknown” which doesn’t show any results when I searched.

I know for sure there were more than 23 even if we aren’t counting the ones that got sold by dealers. There was 50 of them in the GoDrive fleet alone from memory.
 

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There is an electric Ford Probe that lives at the Ford plant near me - so they certainly have the technology!
I think - much like.how the ID3 is being touted as the most important EV ever - the next Ford Fiesta or Focus EV needs to be a step up. This technology moves so fast - a poorly received Focus could have caused issues for Ford in the long run and damaged the market / reputation if EVs.

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