What is it?
Ford’s answer to the Nissan Leaf – a third-generation Focus with a 23kWh battery (later upgraded to 33kWh) instead of a normal petrol or diesel engine. The five-door hatchback was launched in the US in 2011 and arrived in the UK in 2013, looking almost exactly like a regular Focus save for a more aerodynamic face.
Built in the US (for the Americans) and Germany (for the Europeans), the Focus Electric remained on sale until 2018 (2017 in Europe). A few thousand found homes in North America, but over here? Just 61 were sold in all of Europe in 2016, and a quick check online suggests fewer than ten remain on the road in the UK.
We’re told a grand total of 24 were registered in the UK, all to Ford. While there were a few Ford dealers here geared-up to take orders for the Focus Electric, and the car was technically on sale to Joe Public, nobody actually bought one.