Ford Motor Company has unveiled its all-new Focus Electric as the company’s first zero-emissions passenger car. This new Ford Focus EV is the first fuel-free, rechargeable passenger car and one of five new electrified vehicles Ford will deliver by 2013 in North America and Europe, as the flagship of the company’s growing fleet of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles.
This Ford EV will offer a mile-per-gallon equivalent better than Chevy Volt and competitive with other battery electric vehicles, capable of fully recharging in three to four hours at home using the available wall-mounted 240-volt charge station – charging in half the time of the Nissan Leaf. The Focus EV offers value charging, powered by Microsoft, to help owners in the U.S. charge their vehicles at the cheapest utility rates.
Not only designed to provide outstanding energy efficiency and reliable operation, the new Focus Electric also delivers real driving enjoyment. The all-electric powertrain and single-speed transmission provide immediate responsiveness and smooth acceleration, with up to a top speed of 84 mph.
Focus Electric provides a special version of MyFord TouchTM driver connect technology especially for electric customers and introduces MyFord Mobile, a smartphone app and website for monitoring key vehicle functions and charge settings while mobile, all come as standard.
Other standard features on Ford Focus Electric for North American customers include 15-spoke 17-inch aluminum wheels, a 60/40 split rear bench seat, push button start, AM/FM/CD/MP3 Sony® Audio with nine speakers, Sirius® Satellite Radio with Travel Link, HD RadioTM and voice-activated Navigation System.
Designed to offer enough range to cover the majority of daily driving habits of Americans, the Ford Focus Electric vehicle will launch in late 2011.