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Ford Focus goes full electric

By SYF77 on 17 Jan 2011

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Ford is poised to take on the Nissan Leaf EV with the all-new Focus Electric that was revealed recently in production guise.

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.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



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Heartbreakid Jan 17 2011 03:10 PM
I don't understand why the Aston Martin grille design. So not original... But otherwise the new Focus is a very nice inside out ride.
Andymish Mar 04 2011 01:11 PM
Whoa! That's a nice electric version of the Ford Focus. This car never fails to amaze me. I really like it's stylish interior especially with the screen showing it's battery usage and some of the digital menus on the speedometer. The charger and battery switch has a nice spot too on the Focus. I can't wait to test drive one of this so I can observe how efficient this electric Focus is. happy.gif
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