Ford is producing some leading green vehicles including the Escape Hybrid, and the Fusion Hybrid, but the flagship of Ford’s green offerings is their first all electric car known as the Focus Electric. This zero emission vehicle is a fully electric version of their popular small car.
The Focus Electric is an aerodynamic vehicle with low-rolling resistance tires. It is powered by a 100 kW electric motor coupled with a 23-kWh battery. The 100-kilowatt electric motor provides 123 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed is 84 mph (136km/h) and can be charged in just three hours from its 240-volt home-installed charging station (half the time of the Nissan Leaf). However, it can take up to 20 hours to charge using a standard 120-volt outlet.
Although the range of the vehicle remains to be seen, if the car does not provoke range anxiety, it will pose a serious challenge to the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf. The Focus Electric will be available to the public at the end of the 2011 in North America.
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