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What else can you put in the trunk?

The trunk of the FFE has been much derided for the large “bump” where the battery is. I covered some of the things you can put in the trunk in this posting.

A user on the My Focus Electric forum also posted a video about the kinds of things you can put into the trunk, including lining up some grocery bags in the back area. In fact quite a bit of stuff does fit back there.

Now, say your BBQ is out of propane and you need to go get some more:

Yes a standard 20 lb propane tank easily fits in the trunk with the cargo organizer removed. In fact, you could fit at least three of them in there with some room to spare. Note that the tank is slightly shorter than the cargo cover at the top which means that you have to take it a bit easy on the corners as it will tip over (unless of course you put two more in there to stabilize it).

I’ve found the trunk of the FFE to be pretty useful despite the area taken up by the battery. Lately I’ve been leaving the cargo organizer in with the “flap” in the raised position. This leaves a large flat area with about 12″ of clearance between the floor and the cargo cover (a bucket will fit). It is a useful configuration for hauling around flat stuff like computers, my lunchbox for work, some groceries, etc.

 

Dude, where’s my trunk?

The "trunk" of the FFE

The “trunk” of the FFE

Here we have the biggest drawback of the Focus Electric: Inside the hatchback. On an ICE Focus instead of rising, the floor in the back is about 10″ lower (actually the rear ramp thing with the handle there is just a foam divider and is sitting on the load floor at the same level as the ICE Focus).

Apparently simply replacing the gas tank with a battery did not provide enough range for the car; they had to add another battery. Yes the Focus Electric has two battery packs: one where the gas tank is on an ICE Focus and another one right where you see it in that picture above: behind the passenger seats taking up a lot of the room in the hatchback.

If the two back seats are folded down you still get quite a bit of room back there–enough to put a bicycle in the back. I’ve been able to fit quite a lot back there even with the foam divider in place. There is enough room on top of everything to fit at least two folding chairs (like this one). Removing the divider has provided enough room for a wagon, two chairs, and various baseball gear–I’ve been surprised at how much I can pack in there.
Without the divider

Here we are without the divider (or “cargo organizer” as Ford calls it). You may notice a small cover or flap at the very bottom…I wonder what is in there:

Photo Sep 19, 8 06 17 AMThis is where the 120V Level 1 charge chord is stored along with the air compressor and fix-a-flat kit since the car doesn’t have a spare (space that is also used for the extra battery).

On the whole I find the space adequate and have been able to work with it. Would it have been nicer to have more space? Sure but I’ll take it since otherwise I’ve been very happy with the car–in fact, I’d gladly give up more space for another 50 or so miles of range (not that I really need it; it would just increase the radius of places I could go without needing a charge).