So is the case with Ford, who has today revealed the Ford Focus Electric will be the easiest car to own that the company as ever built, in terms of regularly scheduled maintenance. “About all the driver will have to do is charge up the battery pack and go,” said Sherif Marakby, Ford’s director of electrification programs and engineering.
According to Ford engineers, Focus Electric drivers will never wait in line for oil changes, experience the inconvenience of a worn-out muffler, radiator hose or serpentine belt, have to change dirty air filters, fuel filters or transmission fluid, or replace spark plugs, O2 sensors and radiator coolant.
Here is a short demo by Ford: for the gas-powered 2012 Focus, the automaker recommends oil and filter changes every 10,000 miles. That’s a $29.95 job at a Ford Quick Lane service center. And it usually takes about 30 minutes. Over the 10-year, 150,000-mile life of the vehicle, those 15 oil changes cost $449.25 and 7.5 hours. These costs are completely eliminated when it comes to the Focus Electric.
In fact, owners also won’t need to spend anything to:
• Replace five air filters at a cost of $24.95 each
• Have two cooling system flushes at a cost of $109 each
• Get one transmission service, $179
• Replace one drive belt for $130
• Buy and install one new set of spark plugs for $69.95
“When you have moving parts, such as the gears in a transmission or the pistons in an engine, you have maintenance,” Marakby said. “With an electric drive, there are very few moving parts. And in the Focus Electric, the only moving parts are the motor and the wheels."