Ford is offering visitors to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show an early
opportunity to try its first-ever all-electric passenger car, the Focus
The fuel-free Focus has a target range of 100 miles, can be charged
in just three to four hours when connected to an appropriate charging
facility and is powered by a 23kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
“We believe that experiencing the responsive performance and agility
of the new Ford Focus Electric will add to the excitement customers are
already feeling about this very viable and cost-effective car,” said
Stephen Odell, Ford of Europe’s CEO and chairman.
Much of the Ford Focus Electric’s steering, handling and braking feel
is shared with the agile, sporty, fuel-powered five-door hatchback Focus
model upon which it is based. The absence of a petrol or diesel engine
and the vehicle’s outstanding aerodynamics lead to a remarkably quiet
and comfortable in-car experience.
From launch, the Focus Electric will also employ Ford’s advanced
voice control, device integration and connectivity interface, SYNC, with
specially developed features to enhance the enjoyment of driving an
electric vehicle in the most efficient way. This is also something
visitors will be able to experience at the event.
“The suite of smart driver information technologies will transform
the way customers think about energy usage and their transportation
needs,” added Odell.
Focus Electric will be the flagship of Ford’s new family of
electrified vehicles and join the growing line-up of energy efficient
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best in their segment in terms of fuel efficiency.
The Ford Focus Electric will be on sale in the UK in 2013.