Monday, January 10, 2011

Ford to launch electric Focus before end of year

Ford CEO took the wraps off the Focus Electric at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week and didn't say much.

Externally it is the same Ford Focus with minor trim changes to make it look 'electric' and the same is true of the inside which is now littered with 'green' graphics, you know the usual battery level indicator, a butterfly/leaf/etc...

We have a hi-res gallery after the jump

Mulally will only say that the Focus will have better range than the Volt, which is not a really good indictment of its battery power because the Chevy can only travel about 60km on electrons but he did say it is going to be competitive against other entrants, presumably meaning it can hack about 160 kilometres before being completely drained like the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S.

One important highlight is the fact that the Focus electric only takes three hours to fully charge but on the down side, the battery pack is so big it impinges on the load bay.

The big battery probably means that it could go the distance of the Nissan Leaf's range.

Ford was earlier reported to be using the same li-ion battery technology supplied by LG Chem to GM for their Volt and if they want more range than the Chevy they would have to pack in more battery cells and this explains the intrusion into the booth space. Hey the Focus is not a purpose-designed electric car so battery packaging is not going to as optimised as in the Volt or Leaf


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