Jessica Dailey

Ford Unveils the All-New Focus Electric!

by , 01/07/11

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After teasing the vehicle earlier this week, Ford has just unveiled its first all-electric passenger car! The model is a zero-emissions, all-electric version of the company’s most popular small car, the Focus. Exact numbers are not yet available for fuel economy and driving range, but the performance of the Focus Electric will be comparative to that of the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf — hit the jump for the full story with photos!

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Ford says the vehicle is designed to cover enough range to meet the daily driving requirements for most Americans (previously, a Ford spokesperson said the driving range would be around 100 miles). The car will get a better mile-per-gallon equivalent than the Chevy Volt, which averages 93 mpg when running all-electric, and a full recharge of the lithium-ion battery pack is expected to take three to four hours at home with the 240-volt charge station — that’s about half the time required by the Nissan Leaf. Car owners can also charge the car with the 120-volt convenience cord, which could require up to 20 hours for a full charge.

To help owners achieve the lowest possible utility rates, Ford teamed up with Microsoft to offer value charging through Hohm, an internet-based energy management system. Ford is the first automaker to use Hohm, which will help drivers determine when and how to most efficiently charge the Focus Electric.

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4 Comments

  1. Synergy3 August 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I often wonder who and when someone will make use of Tesla`s energy for a car as he did ?Maybe its not in the interest of the big oil companies huh

  2. lazyreader January 10, 2011 at 8:37 am

    My concern is the amount of readily available lithium and rare earth metals to run and replace every car. I’m weary and skeptical of this endeavor. I think more time and money should be spent on alternatives to lithium as opposed to gasoline.

  3. lazyreader January 10, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I hope a sedan version is introduced. Ford did the smart thing, by taking something they were already going to build (the focus) & adapt it to electric. GM & Nissan spent many millions painstakingly designing, sculpting, sketching a new car from scratch. Spent funds to build or modify a factory. Spent lots of money advertising it.

  4. mkass January 8, 2011 at 12:18 am

    The market for real electric cars is going to be huge. Car manufacturers have to get past the “almost a car” model that cars like the Leaf represent. The technology is there. It just has to be put together in the right package. A company in Germany demo’d an electric that went 375 miles on a charge. Surely this can be repeated and put into production. http://organicconnectmag.com/wp/2010/10/electric-car-drives-375-miles-at-55-mph-recharges-in-6-minutes/

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