Car giant Ford unveiled its first all-electric passenger car this week in Geneva. The Focus Electric has a range of 100 miles (160km) for each charge. The car runs on a 23kWh lithium-ion battery pack and takes around four hours to charge, if a charging station is used; with a mains only charge the replenish time would be considerably longer.
Visitors to the Geneva Motor Show were given a first glimpse of the eco-friendly car, which is the flagship model of Ford's electric range.
Stephen Odell, CEO and chairman of Ford of Europe, says, "We believe that experiencing the responsive performance and agility of the new Focus Electric will add to the excitement customers are already feeling about this very viable and cost-effective car."
The Focus Electric is based upon the five-door hatchback petrol model and steers and handles in much the same way, providing an agile, sporty drive. Because the vehicle has no engine its excellent aerodynamics contribute to its quiet running.
It features Ford's SYNC with voice control, connectivity and device interface. Users can personalise their music choices, get individual traffic information and pair their smartphones.
"The suite of smart driver information technologies will transform the way customers think about energy usage and their transportation needs," says Stephen Odell.
It has not yet been confirmed when the Focus Electric will go on sale to the public. The Ford Focus Electric is to be part of a range of energy-efficient ECOnetic Technology models.
Focus Electric; Credit: © Ford Motor Company
Owners of the five-passenger all-electric vehicle can buy their own 240-volt home charging station, which has been developed in conjunction with specialist company Leviton and allows them to charge their vehicle whenever required.
The Ford Electric's single-speed transmission is designed to handle the high rpm range that all-electric motors generate. It provides a quiet motoring experience and responsive, smooth acceleration when required
The vehicle's high-voltage, lithium-ion battery system uses a method of liquid heating and cooling to regulate the temperatures of the battery, prolong its life and maximise mileage from each charge.href="../../../environment/eco-friendly/index.html">Eco-Friendly