This is Ford’s first all-electric passenger car based on the latest generation of the Focus five-door hatchback. Hiding behind the very Aston Martin-like grille is an electric drivetrain comprising of an electric motor capable of 123 HP and 181 lb-ft of torque, and a single-speed transmission. Energy is generated by a lithium-ion battery system, which was developed by Ford in collaboration with LG Chem. Ford says that with the optional wall-mounted 240-volt charge station, the batteries can be charged in three to four hours, or about half the time of the Nissan Leaf. The charging time with the standard 120-volt convenience cord is not mentioned.
Performance wise, the new EV is capable of reaching speeds up to 136km/h. Ford did not give out an official number on the range, but the firm's executives have previously stated that the EV will be able to cover a distance of around 160km.
The Focus Electric will also feature some new technological features including a unique version of the MyFord Touch driver connect system developed especially for electric vehicles and a smartphone application called MyFord Mobile that helps plug-in owners to control their vehicles remotely.
The North American variant of the Focus Electric will go on sales come end of 2011. For European markets, sales are scheduled to start before 2013. There are no news on its offering in Asia at the moment.