DEARBORN/NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO - Recently media joined Ford for a drive event which included time behind the wheels of the new Escape and Focus Electric, Ford's first electric vehicle.
Below are some examples of coverage the vehicles have received from journalists attending the drive event.
2013 Ford Escape Can Park Itself, Unlock, Open the Hatch (Mashable.com)
I used to think hands-free driving meant you keep your hands off your smartphone when hitting the open road. A brief spin in Ford’s new 2013 Ford Escape, however, taught me that sometimes it can also mean you don’t need to put your hands on the wheel, the door handle or a latch.
2013 Ford Escape Impresses at the Track (Consumer Reports)
Other than modest revisions, the Ford Escape remained mostly unchanged for 12 model years. That's a very long time, especially in the red-hot small SUV segment. A top-to-bottom redesign finally arrives for the 2013 model year, going on sale this summer. Our experience with a borrowed top-trim 2013 Escape Titanium suggests that the wait wasn't in vain.
Ford Focus Electric: The Strong, Silent Type (CNet)
On the road, the Focus Electric rides nearly identically to the gasoline powered Focus. That is, until you listen and realize that there is no exhaust note and no engine noise, only the gentle woosh of the road beneath the tires and the tiny, high pitched hum of the electric motor.
Behind the Wheel of Ford's First Electric Vehicle (Wired.com)
We took to the streets of San Francisco for a brief drive in Ford's first EV and discovered that while it might not boast the same range or bespoke body as its competition from Nissan, the Focus Electric wins on charge time and something that's been missing from other mass-market EVs: genuine fun.
Ford Focus Electric Test Drive and MyFord Mobile Hands-On (Engadget)
We enjoyed driving the 76-mile range Focus Electric - our three-mile loop downtown San Francisco even included some of the city's famous hills. As you'd expect, the electric motor provides plenty of (computer-modulated) torque, even with four people on board. Behind the wheel, the car feels much less appliance-like than Toyota's Prius plug-in hybrid and a bit more refined and engaging than the Chevy Volt. The cockpit layout shuns the sci-fi approach for a more traditional, driver-centric environment.