Eco-friendly materials like bio-foam seat cushions and recycled fabrics were used in the Focus Electric’s interior, and the vehicle boasts a slew of cool information systems that help drivers achieve maximum energy efficiency. The company tweaked its in-car communications system, MyFord Touch, to allow owners to see eco-information like the battery’s charge, the distance to the nearest charge point, and the impact of vehicle systems like air conditioning.
On the EcoGuide system, blue butterflies represents the car’s fuel efficiency – the more butterflies, the greater the range. The map-based navigation system coaches drivers on the most energy-efficient route. At the end of each trip, the guide provides drivers with their energy consumption and gasoline savings.
A specially developed MyFord Touch mobile app allows drivers to maintain constant contact with the car. Drivers can remotely program charge settings, receive alerts when the car requires or finishes charging, and even heat or cool the vehicle.
The Focus Electric will officially launch later this year.