Ford Focus Electric Production Begins in Europe
Ford recently announced that production of the cutting edge Ford Focus Electric has started in Germany, making it the first all-electric vehicle to be built by Ford of Europe.
The new car is expected to go on sale this summer at official Ford dealerships across the UK. The price of the vehicle is yet to be officially announced, but a Ford spokesman did say that the car's price will "aim to be competitive in every segment it sells cars in". Many have extrapolated, based on the quote, that this means Ford will be aiming at a price close to that of the Nissan Leaf, which comes in just short of £24,000.
The new model features the One Ford product design, keeping it in line with the rest of the Focus range, and it's expected to prove a popular choice with businesses looking for fleet cars and wanting to boost their environmental credentials.
When it comes to the statistics, the all-electric Focus is built around a custom electric motor which puts out the equivalent of 143bhp and has a top speed of 84mph. Powering the motor is a large lithium-ion battery which gives the car a range of around 100miles when fully charged. When it comes to charging up, the new Ford Focus features a 6.6kW charger built in to the car, which can fully charge the battery in just 3-4 hours.
Other new Focus features include an interface called SmartGauge, which intelligently predicts and displays remaining driving range based on current speed and battery power. There's also the Brake Coach feature, which helps drivers maximise their range and make the best use of the cars regenerative braking energy.
The new range of electric and hybrid cars will receive a further boost in 2014 too, with the arrival of the Ford C MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and all-new Ford Mondeo Hybrid in the UK.
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