Ford EV Update: Focus Electric Begins Production
Coinciding with the start of production of the all-new 2012 Ford Focus Electric, Ford has released fresh information about its coming EV, as well as its overall vehicle-electrification plans.
A Focus on All-electric Driving
First in line for retail customers will be the Focus Electric, which will be the first five-passenger EV to achieve a rating of 100 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent), as well as the first to showcase new fast-charging technology that allows drivers to fully recharge the car in just 3-4 hours—that’s about half the time it takes to “fill up” the Nissan LEAF. Even better, all it takes to accomplish this is access to a 240-volt outlet that can be simply installed in an owner’s home. A quicker charging speed is a key enabler of the Focus Electric’s practicality; with a charging rate of about one hour per 30 miles, it will be easy for owners to extend the car’s approximately 100-mile range as part of their daily driving routines.
Ford also is introducing an advanced lithium-ion battery that boasts active liquid cooling and heating to ensure optimum performance and efficiency regardless of outside temperatures. On hot summer days, the system circulates cooled liquid around the batteries to absorb excess heat, while heated liquid is used to gradually warm up the battery pack during colder weather.