2011 NAIAS: Ford Focus Electric [Live Photos]
The first thing we noticed about the car, on display at the blue oval Detroit Auto Show stand, is the improved aerodynamics package that reduces drag. The package includes a new front fascia that looks a bit like an Aston Martin (that’s not a bad thing, is it?). The other major exterior design change is the charging port situated on the driver-side of the car, which has an LED ring. The Focus Electric also sits on a new set of 15-spoke 17-inch alloys, wrapped in low-rolling resistance tires.
Ford’s first ever EV is powered by a 100 kW electric motor coupled with a 23-kWh battery. According to the manufacturer, top speed is 84 mph (136km/h), though the exact range is not yet known. Ford says the Focus Electric can be charged complete in just three hours from its 240-volt home-installed charging station, although the car can take up to 20 hours to charge using a standard 120-volt outlet.
"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. 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," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president for Global Product Development, in a recent Ford press release.
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