Ford Focus Electric Coming to 19 Cities in Late 2011
Electric Vehicles, News
The most recent announcement from Ford reveals the first markets to sell its all new Ford Focus Electric. On a full charge, this all-electric passenger car targets zero CO2-emissions and gas-free driving for up to 100 miles. Promising to deliver a similar fun-filled experience like the gasoline version, the Focus Electric is powered by a 23 kwh lithium-ion battery. Liquid heating and cooling system have been utilized to maximize battery life as well as driving range.
The first markets to grace the Ford Focus Electric include Atlanta, Austin and Houston, Texas, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Orlando, Florida, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, Portland, Oregon; Raleigh Durham, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
The 19 cities to initially offer the car have been chosen keeping in mind several factors such as existing hybrid purchase trends, utility company collaboration and local government commitment to electrification. To further strengthen its base Ford put to fore an informational website on electric vehicles.
“There is a great deal of excitement for the Focus Electric across America and Ford wants to build on this enthusiasm by making our first all electric passenger vehicle available in as many pilot markets as possible,” said Mark Fields, President of the Americas, Ford Motor Company.
The company has been working with local government agencies of select markets to enable easier acceptance of electric vehicles. It has conducted ‘Charging Into the Future: The Ford Electric Vehicle Tour.’ This is a 14-city tour promoting Ford’s electric vehicle strategy and educating consumers.
Furthermore, the company’s strategy includes the launch of five new electrified vehicles in Europe and North America. Besides, it also plans to introduce the Transit Connect Electric small commercial van, two next-generation lithium-ion battery hybrids and a plug-in hybrid. The Ford Focus Electric will rush to showrooms by late 2011.