Dearborn, Michigan – Ford has unveiled the all-new Focus Electric, the company’s first-ever all-electric passenger car, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new vehicle will launch in late 2011 and is designed to offer enough range to cover the majority of daily driving habits of America.
“Focus Electric is the flagship of our new family of electrified vehicles, showcasing our commitment to offer consumers choice when it comes to fuel-efficient or fuel-free vehicles,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice-president for global product development. “Its advanced powertrain will deliver significant energy efficiency advantages and zero CO2 emissions without compromising driving enjoyment. And its suite of smart driver information technologies will transform the way customers think about energy usage and their transportation needs.”
Ford said that the Focus Electric will offer a mile-per-gallon equivalent better than Chevrolet Volt and competitive with other battery-electric vehicles. A full recharge is expected to take three to four hours at home with the 240-volt charge station, which the company said is half the charge time of the Nissan Leaf.
The Focus Electric will introduce new features and technologies, including a unique version of the MyFord Touch driver connect system especially for electric vehicles, a new value charging feature powered by Microsoft, and a smart phone application, MyFord Mobile, that helps plug-in owners control their vehicles remotely.
Both the gasoline and electric Focus models sold in North America will be built at Ford’s assembly facility in Wayne, Michigan.