The Ford Focus Electric was unveiled at the speech of Alan Mulally, Ford CEO, in the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (CES). Everyone hopes it will be for sale later in 2011.
The car is a hatchback with five doors and is the first in a lineup with four other cars set to hit the market between now and 2013. It is Ford’s first passenger car that is electric. In the Europe and the US Ford started selling a Transit Connect van that ran on electricity.
Both the Transit Connect and the Ford Focus Electric use lithium-ions and click in at 84mph, that’s 136 kph. The distance it can cover on the battery has not yet been revealed, and will be the critical factor that will decide its success.
The Ford Focus Electric will be in competition with the likes of the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt, which already started selling last month. Ford tried to take the wind out of the Volt’s early arrival, by vowing the Focus would deliver an equivalent of one mile-per-gallon better rates than its General Motors competition. The charging time will be only three or four hours, half the time for the Nissan Leaf, due to a separate 240V station.