This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

300 Miles in Ford's Focus EV Electric Car

Stocks in this article: F GM NSANY

The Focus EV also completely lacks real-time individual tire pressure monitoring, as well as an analog auxiliary, or AUX, jack. Given how complex and poorly digital inputs work -- including Bluetooth in particular -- the lack of an analog AUX jack is a major complaint for me. I would find it hard to consider owning a car that doesn't have one.

Next to the dashboard are also the ever-important cup holders -- not for holding cups, but multiple smartphones and other trinkets. Ford doesn't do as good a job here -- or in the C-Max, for that matter -- as the Chevy does with the Volt.

4. Suspension: In the Volt, you feel every pothole. There's harshness and noise coming from the front wheels in particular, resulting from every imperfection in the road. The Ford, on the other hand, is relatively smooth and quiet.

3. Rear-seat comfort: The Volt fits only two people in the rear seats, whereas the Focus EV is like most any car, able to fit three if need be. On the other hand, in the Volt, the two passengers can be 5'11" tall and sit comfortably. In the Focus EV, you're OK only if you're 5'9" or shorter.

4. Luggage space: The Ford's luggage space is severely constrained, as a result of the second battery. You can forget about large bags or a baby stroller. If you're going to pick someone up at the airport, be prepared to use the back seat for all but the smallest bags. This makes the Focus EV effectively into a two-seater -- and a deal-breaker for many people.

The Big Question: The Price

Loaded, the Ford Focus EV sells for approximately $41,500 before tax adjustments. Is it worth it? Let's compare:

Nissan LEAF: A loaded LEAF lists around $35,000. It has a bigger luggage space, but the interior is a bit weird in comparison, and the battery may not hold up as well over the next many years. Overall, these two cars should sell for approximately the same money -- although at that point my personal taste would tip the choice in favor of the Ford.

Chevrolet Volt: A loaded Volt lists around $44,000. It's highly subjective, but I think it's easily worth at least $5,000-$8,000 more than the Focus EV.

Toyota RAV4 EV: Available only in California, the Tesla-based Toyota RAV4 EV lists at $50,000. It is a superior car to the Focus EV in almost every aspect: better range, faster, better back seat, dramatically bigger luggage space. It is easily worth $10,000 or much more than the Focus EV.

3 of 4

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,672.60 -141.38 -0.79%
S&P 500 2,051.82 -11.33 -0.55%
NASDAQ 4,757.8790 +7.4820 0.16%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs