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Ford has their first ever rechargeable passenger car at the 2011 Auto Show. In fact, says this will be the of five total fuel-free they plan on revealing. The new Electric will be offered in North America and Europe by 2011 and is Ford s response to the Volt and the Nissan Leaf . We it would come eventually, we didn t they were on bringing a whole troop of vehicles to go up against the competition.

The new Focus Electric will be with a series of new technologies a unique version of the MyFord driver connect system for electric vehicles, a new value feature powered by Microsoft, and a app called MyFord Mobile helps plug-in owners their vehicles remotely.

The uses a Ford-engineered lithium-ion pack that can be charged the recommended 240-volt wall-mounted station (sold separately) or the convenience cord that with the vehicle. According to it delivers a mile-per-gallon equivalent than the Chevrolet Volt.

Hit the to read more about the Ford Focus Electric.

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Exterior and Interior

The Electric is a stylish five-door built on the same C-car shared by the gasoline and diesel-powered models. With this customers will get a revised Touch driver connect 15-spoke 17-inch aluminum a 60/40 split rear seat, push button AM/FM/CD/MP3 Sony Audio nine speakers, Sirius Radio with Travel HD Radio, and a voice-activated Navigation

One of the most important features of the car s is a new MyFord Touch system offers information about destinations, and charge points. allows the driver to feel at on the road with all of the needed on hand. These details be displayed in the two 4.2-inch full-color LCD located in the centrally mounted

The Engine

The new Ford Focus uses an all-electric powertrain to a single-speed transmission that the car hit a top speed of 84 mph. The lithium-ion pack can be charged at any 240-volt charge station and can be fully in three to four hours. to Ford. the Focus Electric a mile-per-gallon equivalent better the Chevrolet Volt and is competitive other battery electric

When can I buy one?

The Focus will be available for both and American markets by late

Competition

For the new Ford Focus the list of competitors is quite and includes the latest Chevrolet and Nissan Leaf. For us the best one is the Nissan Leaf. It uses ion cells that are capable of up to 107 HP and 208 lb-ft of torque.

Nissan that the Leaf will 8 hours for a full charge a 200 V source — so a high 220 V outlet is recommended, otherwise it take twice as long for a charge from a standard 110 V AC

The Chevrolet Volt is designed to up to 40 miles on electricity without gasoline or producing tailpipe When the Volt’s lithium-ion runs low, an engine/generator operates to extend the total range to more than 300 before refueling or stopping to the battery.

Press release

Motor Company unveiled its all-new Focus Electric the first-ever all-electric passenger The zero-CO2-emissions, gasoline-free version of popular small car is the flagship of the growing fleet of hybrid, hybrid and all-electric vehicles to North America and Europe by

“Focus Electric is the flagship of our new of electrified vehicles, showcasing our to offer consumers choice it comes to fuel-efficient or fuel-free said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president for Product Devel opment. advanced powertrain will significant energy efficiency and zero CO2 emissions without driving enjoyment. And its suite of driver information technologies transform the way customers think energy usage and their needs.”

The Focus Electric launch in late 2011 and is to offer enough range to the majority of daily driving of Americans. It will offer a equivalent better than Volt and competitive with battery electric vehicles.


A full recharge is expected to three to four hours at with the 240-volt charge half the charge time of the Leaf.

Focus Electric new features and technologies including a version of the MyFord Touch connect system especially for vehicles, a new value charging powered by Microsoft and a smartphone app MyFord Mobile that plug-in owners control vehicles remotely.

The sleek and five-door hatchback leverages global C-car platform by the gasoline and diesel-powered Focus which debuted at the 2010 American International Auto and were launched at the Paris Show in September.

Both gasoline and electric variants to be in North America will be at Ford’s Michigan Assembly in Wayne, Mich. with powered in part by one of the largest energy generator systems in the

For European markets, a decision on the Focus Electric will be is currently being finalized.

Electric is one of five new electrified included in Ford’s electrification Initial deliveries of Transit Electric began in North at the end of last year and the vehicle be launched in Europe later in

A real car

Not only is Focus designed to provide outstanding efficiency and reliable operation, it delivers real driving The all-electric powertrain and single-speed provide immediate responsiveness and acceleration when the driver down the accelerator, up to a top speed of 84 mph kph).

Much of Focus steering, handling and braking is shared with the agile, fuel-powered Focus models which it’s based, Focus Electric a dynamic car. At the same time, the of a gasoline or diesel engine and aerodynamics lead to a remarkably comfortable in-car experience.

“More than any other vehicle on the market, Focus loses none of the dynamics and of driving a traditional car,” Sherif Marakby, director of electrification programs and engineering. shares many of the same components and features as its gasoline-powered while delivering distinct and a uniquely exciting driving

Focus Electric offers a of standard safety and security including six airbags and electronic control, along with SYNC® telephone connectivity and for North America. Extensive materials, such as bio-foam cushions and recycled fabrics are featured in the vehicle.

Other features on Ford Focus for North American customers a unique execution of MyFord driver connect technology, 17-inch aluminum wheels, a split rear bench push button start, Sony® Audio with speakers, Sirius® Satellite with Travel Link, HD and voice-activated Navigation System.

and play

Future owners of the Electric will likely the car’s advanced, Ford-engineered battery pack at home on a basis, using the recommended wall-mounted charge station will be sold separately or the convenience cord that with the vehicle.

When in, the Focus Electric onboard converts AC power from the grid to DC power to charge the battery pack.

“We’re excited about the potential of Electric in the marketplace. With so of us accustomed to recharging mobile on a daily basis, we’re our customers will take to the recharging process just as because that’s exactly it is easy,” said Nancy Ford director of Global “Not only have we the practice of plugging in simple and we’re working with technology companies and the utility to make the EV experience empowering and

An empowering experience

Focus owners will be provided a suite of driver information on-board and off-board designed to them manage the recharge manage the most eco-friendly on-board, monitor battery of charge and maximize energy to optimize their driving This carefully engineered set of is designed to give Focus the edge over competitive providing new electric vehicle the information they need to all the freedom gas-free driving has to

Among these tools is a execution of MyFord Touch connect technology. Thoughtfully for electric vehicle owners, it innovative presentation of vehicle such as battery state of distance to charge point, the range budget and expected margin. The system’s MyView allows drivers to access more vehicle data the electrical demands of vehicle such as air conditioning, which can driving range.

Just as the leafy vine of first-generation with EcoGuide represents efficiency in the Ford Fusion the cluster display in Focus uses blue butterflies to the surplus range beyond charge point destination the butterflies there are, the the range.

Ford designers inspired by the phenomenon known as butterfly effect,” in which a change, like choosing to an electric vehicle, can have an impact. To reinforce the message, at the end of trip a display screen distance driven, miles through regenerative braking, consumed and a comparative gasoline achieved by driving electric.

The is also integrated with the Touch map-based Navigation using the vehicle’s center 8-inch touch screen. adding their driving including their next point, into the vehicle’s System, the vehicle will drivers on how to achieve the desired or if travel plans need to be The on-board Navigation System an EcoRoute option based on of efficient EV driving.

Remote

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Off-board, Focus Electric in North America will be to maintain constant contact the car anywhere they have phone access using the MyFord Mobile app.

Mobile is an app that enables via a smartphone or web-based interface to:

instant vehicle status

Perform key functions remotely

the car’s state of charge and range

Get alerts when it charging or has finished charging

Remotely program charge and download vehicle data for

The feature also allows the to program the vehicle to use electricity the grid to heat or cool the and cabin while plugged in preconditioning. For example, during hot months, owners can preprogram the car the before to be fully charged and cooled to a particular temperature by a time the following morning. can also locate the vehicle GPS, remotely start the and remotely lock and unlock the car

Working with MapQuest®, Mobile can communicate charge and other points of interest to Electric using SYNC’s Directions and Information (TDI). guidance is provided by the in-car Navigation System. Drivers can get up-to-date charging station in their vehicle directly SYNC TDI simply by connecting to Services.

Value charging

The new Electric offers a unique charging feature, powered by to help owners in the U.S. their vehicles at the cheapest rates, lowering the cost of

“Value charging allows our to reduce their electricity by taking advantage of off-peak or reduced rates from utility without a complicated process,” said Ed Pleet, Ford Connected Services “This is a ‘set it and forget approach for the customer to reduce cost.”

The tool is designed to customers avoid unnecessary by providing an optimized charge. In the these smart charging will help utility understand and better manage the placed upon the electric because of electrified vehicles.

charged up

Focus Electric are likely to handle one of the vehicle’s cord connectors two or more each day. That’s why worked with supplier to provide an industry-standard five-point that is ergonomically comfortable to as well as durably and distinctively

The plug handle uses a black rubber that for a comfortable, non-slip grip. The head is shielded with a glossy white plastic.

the cord set connector is plugged the vehicle’s charge port, is conveniently located between the door and front wheel it activates a light ring loops around the port in acknowledgement of connectivity. The light then illuminates in quadrants as the charges. Flashing quadrants charge in progress and solid-lit show stages of charge

In the unlikely event of a fault, the ring will flash. the entire ring is solidly the vehicle is fully charged.

included

Focus Electric be powered by an advanced lithium-ion system engineered by Ford in with supplier LG Chem. The system utilizes heated and liquid to help maximize life and fuel-free driving

Thermal management of lithium-ion systems is critical to the success of electric vehicles. Focus uses an advanced active cooling and heating system to and regulate the temperature in its larger, complex lithium-ion battery

The active liquid system or chills a coolant before it through the battery cooling This loop regulates throughout the system against conditions. On hot days, chilled absorbs heat from the dispersing it through a radiator pumping it through the chiller

On cold days, heated warms the batteries, gradually the system’s temperature to a level allows it to efficiently accept energy and provide enough power for expected vehicle

“Focus Electric is the culmination of of research and development,” said “More importantly, it’s the of an exciting new era for Ford and our customers.”

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