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17 April 2012


The Ford Electric. Click to enlarge.

has begun the consumer roll-out of the Electric, the battery-electric version of its new production of the vehicles began in 2011 at Ford’s Michigan Plant. (Earlier post .) The Electric is Ford’s first drive light-duty passenger resulting from its strategy to its entire high-volume platforms, than one-off specialty

Ford’s platform-based strategywhich that electric vehicle will grow over the company to adjust production to the inevitable fluctuations in demand as the develops, noted Ford CEO Mulally in a media briefing on and of the Focus Electric, held in with the Fortune Brainstorm conference in Laguna Niguel, The Focus Electric shares 78% of its with the conventional Focus, he and comes off the same line.

The Focus Electric is powered by a 23 kWh battery pack engineered by using pouch cells LG Chem; an advanced active cooling and heating system and regulates the temperature. The pack 430 cells; system peak is 60 kW charge, 110 kW discharge, and specific is 0.36 kW/kg. A 105 kW permanent electric traction motor 188 lb-ft (255 N·m) of and propels the car up to 84 mph (135 km/h).

Ford Focus Electric Cars

The Focus Electric has been by the EPA to offer 105 miles per gallon (MPGe) combined, with 110 city and 99 MPGe on the highway. cycle consumption is 32 kWh/100 (Earlier post .) As a comparison, the LEAF is EPA-certified at 99 MPGe 106 MPGe city and 92 MPGe Consumption is 34 kWh/100 miles, cycle.

However, the Focus Electric has a curb weight of 3,624 lbs kg)600 lbs of that the battery The Nissan Leaf (SL) 3,385 lbs (1,535 kg); the Focus is a heavier car, with a slightly smaller pack. (The Leaf a 24 kWh pack.)

An on-board 6.6 kW charger faster charging than the with its 3.3 kW chargera benefit is quick to highlight as potentially extended useful driving during a day’s activities.

Ford spent a great of engineering effort to maximize the of the vehicle, as well as to deliver on its of making the Focus Electric a that happens to have an powertrain, as opposed to a distinctive vehicle. The Focus Electric as much of the handling, responsiveness and cues of the conventional Focus as possible.

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