In a bold move designed to avoid sharing the media spotlight at the upcoming North American International Auto Show, Ford chose the Consumer Electronics Show to debut it’s latest Focus variant and first all-electric passenger car. Like the Nissan Leaf, the Ford Focus Electric is powered by lithium ion batteries only, and has a projected range of 100 miles. Ford’s still got plenty of time before the car hits the market at the end of this year, so don’t be surprised if the range gets revised to reflect less than ideal circumstances.
Ford claims a recharge time of just 3 to 4 hours using a Level 2 (240v) charging station, which is about half the time it takes to charge a Nissan Leaf. Since it shares Ford’s global C-car platform and components with other Focus models, Ford claims that the Focus Electric will have better feel and driving dynamics than other electric cars on the market. The single speed transmission will give the Focus Electric a projected top speed of 84 miles per hour, which should be good enough even for commuters in the NYC, Washington D.C. or Boston markets.
The Focus Electric will also receive a unique version of MyFord Touch, designed to allow owners to interface with their vehicles via smartphone and the MyFord Mobile app. MyFord Mobile will give owners up to date information on vehicle status, state of charge and charge needed or charge completed notifications. It will also allow users to set optimum charge times for battery thermal regulation.
Source: Ford Motor Company