FORD FOCUS ELECTRIC
On the surface, the Focus Electric is almost identical to its petrol and diesel-powered siblings. Rather than the simultaneously futuristic yet awkward styling of the Leaf, the Focus Electric's styling differs from the regular Focus with little more than a modified grille, bumpers and LED-ringed recharge cap.
Beneath the skin, of course, is where the Focus Electric makes its case. Nestled under the bonnet is an electric motor producing 91kW and 245Nm of torque.
Power is provided by a 23kWh lithium-ion battery which, when plugged into a 240v charge station, will take a full charge in three to four hours - about half the time of the Nissan Leaf. To the Leaf's credit, however, it will take an 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes.
The Focus Electric's top speed is listed at 136km/h, and while a driving range has yet to be confirmed, Ford has in the past claimed a range of around 160km - generally the norm for most EVs.
Ford's new EV will also benefit from a specialised version of the US-market MyFord Touch infotainment system (see video below), along with the MyFord Mobile phone app, giving a level of remote access to the Focus Electric's systems.
Pricing and Availability
The Focus Electric is set to go on sale in the US later this year, with a European debut sometime between 2012 and 2013. An Australian launch has yet to be confirmed.
As part of its green stategy, Ford plans to launch five new electrified vehicles in Europe and North America in the coming years - the Focus Electric, the Transit Connect Electric small commercial van, two next-generation lithium-ion battery hybrids and a plug-in hybrid.