Ford Focus Electric Wins 2011 Green Car Vision Award
The Ford Focus Electric has just won Green Car Journal’s annual 2011 Green Car Vision Award at the Washington Auto Show. Others finalists that missed out on the award were Honda Fit EV, Mitsubishi i, Toyota RAV4 Electric, and Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric.
Incidentally, the Green Car Vision Award is presented to “an industry-leading, environmentally focused vehicle that is in its early stages of commercialization or in demonstration programs, but not yet on sale.” An interesting fact is that all the candidates vying for the award this time featured electric drive.
“The groundwork that Ford has laid with such advanced and sensible technologies as EcoBoost, hybrid drivetrains, and ethanol flexible-fuel vehicles has shown an understanding of what it takes to bring fundamental change to the marketplace, without sacrificing the features and the driving enjoyment that is so important to new car ownership. The Focus Electric is an extension of this philosophy.” stated Ron Cogan, Editor and Publisher of Green Car Journal, Editor of GreenCar.com.
Unveiled at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Ford Focus Electric is based on the 2012 Focus global car platform. It will be powered by lithium-ion batteries that are expected to produce an all-electric driving range of 100 miles. Further, Ford claims that the Focus Electric can be charged with a 240 volt home charger in three to four hours.
Meanwhile, the Ford Focus Electric is expected to hit U.S. roads in late 2011.