We told you earlier this week that Ford
would be bringing is Focus Electric to CES, marking the first time that a
major automaker has announced a new model at the electronics expo. Today, Ford
officially announced its new electric vehicle that will battle it out with the Nissan
Leaf and Chevrolet
Ford still hasn't provided the official range for the Focus
Electric, but all signs point to the vehicle having a maximum range of 100
miles on a charge (identical to the Nissan Leaf). The Focus Electric gets its
motivation from a 100 kW electric motor (123hp, 181 lb-ft torque), and a 23-kWh
lithium-ion battery pack (developed in conjunction with LG Chem).
You wont be breaking any speed records with the Focus
Electric as its top speed is limited to “only” 84 mph.
“Its advanced powertrain will deliver significant energy
efficiency advantages and zero CO2 emissions without compromising driving
enjoyment,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group VP for Global Product Development.
"And its suite of smart driver information technologies will transform the
way customers think about energy usage and their transportation needs.”
Ford wasted no time in its press release taking digs at both
Nissan's Leaf and Chevrolet’s Volt. Ford notes that the Focus Electric's
240-volt charger will recharge the battery pack within three to four hours
(half time required for the Leaf). Ford also states that the Focus Electric
will have a higher
mpg equivalent than the Volt.
“We’re very excited about the potential of Focus Electric in
the marketplace. With so many of us accustomed to recharging mobile electronics
on a daily basis, we’re confident our customers will take to the vehicle
recharging process just as easily, because that’s exactly what it is – easy,”
said Nancy Gioia, Ford director of Global Electrification.
The Focus Electric will come with a number of standard
feature which include MyFord
Touch, 17" aluminum wheels, push-button start, and voice-controlled
A MyFord Mobile app will also be available which will allow
you to keep tabs on your Focus Electric. Features available to the app include
the ability to:
Ford still isn't ready to spill the beans on pricing for the
Focus Electric, but you can be sure that we'll get an earful as we inch closer
to the public rollout. Hopefully, the Focus Electric will be price competitive
with the Nissan Leaf, which starts at around $32,000.
quote: It doesn't have the extra weight of a gas tank, engine and transmission to carry around. Of course the range will be much less than the Volt.