Focus : A fast charging electric Ford
Dearborn, MI – ?At a recent symposium for national automotive journalists, Ford Motor Company executives and subject matter experts provided a sneak preview of products geared toward achieving the automaker?s goal of providing more fuel efficient vehicles.
In the 2012 model year, nearly one-third of Ford?s vehicle lineup will feature a model that achieves 40 mpg or greater. Not only that, but the Blue Oval Team is Focusing heavily on producing vehicles that are entirely gas-free. Yes, there was a pun intended there ? a new Ford Focus Electric will be introduced for 2012 that?s expected to reach 100+ MPGe.
The Ford Focus Electric will wear the stylish new face of Ford and will generally look just like any other Focus model, with basically the same external dimensions, but weighing roughly 724 pounds more. But will be propelled by a Permanent magnetic electric traction motor that generates 143 horsepower/107 kW, along with 184 pound feet of torque (both figures are preliminary). Top speed for the front-wheel drive Focus Electric will be 84 mph. The power is supplied by a high voltage Lithium-ion (23 kilowatt-hours capacity) rechargeable, liquid-cooled and heated battery system that may be recharged in three to four hours (240V) or 18-20 hours (120V) at a cost of $2 to $3 for a full recharge.
The Focus Electric emissions rating will be ZEV for both Federal and California emissions. Motive power will be transmitted to the driving wheels via a standard?single-speed automatic transmission. Whoa power will come from power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes (vented front) with ABS, ESC and HLA with a regenerative braking feature. The car will roll on 17-inch, low-rolling resistance tires mounted on alloy wheels and feature independent MacPherson suspension up front and Control Blade? multilink suspension in the rear. Steering is electric power-assisted. Pricing for the Focus Electric will be $32,500 after a $7,500 Federal tax rebate.
The C-MAX Hybrid is? capable of transitioning seamlessly and efficiently between gasoline and electric power. The C-MAX Energi is a plug-in hybrid elecrtric that is capable of running without the gasoline engine. Both C-MAX variants will be produced on the same line as the Focus Electric.
The new face of Ford is unquestionably the face of the future, and come to think of it, the present as well.