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Tony O'Kane | Dec 15, 2011

Ford has announced that it will start building an all-electric version of the Focus hatchback from this month.

Dubbed the Focus Electric, the battery-powered Focus will supposedly travel up to 150km on a single charge, and can fully recharge its batteries in three hours when plugged into a 240-volt power source.

That compares favourably with cars like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi iMiEV, which both require up to eight hours on a conventional 240-volt charger to reach full battery capacity.

The Focus Electric is powered by an electric motor that produces 91kW and 245Nm of torque - 43Nm more torque than the current Focus 2.0 litre petrol engine.

A 23kWh lithium-ion battery supplies power, allowing Focus Electric to run silently up to a maximum speed of 136km/h.

The catch? Production is confined to North America for now, with the first batch of Focus Electrics earmarked for California and New York/New Jersey. Ford will roll out the Focus Electric to other states in the USA later in 2012.

Some European markets will eventually get their hands on the all-electric Focus, with sales expected to begin in late 2012.

As for Australia, with no RHD production confirmed it looks doubtful that we'll see the Focus Electric here anytime soon.

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