2010 saw the launch of three electric-drive cars in North America: the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan LEAF, and the THINK City. Obviously a desperate need to move away from sources of energy that stem from fossil fuels is vital. Gas prices are absurd, and just one more headache that the consumer does not need, especially when we have the technology to make our dependence on gasoline, completely obsolete. Alan Mulally, chief executive of the U.S.’s number two automaker, introduced the four-door passenger car at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
While Ford officially declined to announce exactly what the features and mileage would be on the new focus, it was stated by a Ford representative that it will be very similar to those of the Nissan Leaf, which has a range of up to 100 miles before needing to be hooked up to a power outlet. Ford said the lithium-ion battery in the Focus, which has a top speed of 84 miles per hour (136 kilometers per hour) can be fully charged at a home 240-volt charging station in three to four hours, half the time of the Leaf.
The brand new all-electric Ford Focus is displayed as Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally delivers a keynote address at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Hilton in Nevada.” We know electric vehicles are not for everyone, they’re only part of the solution for greener driving,” he said. But, Mulally added, “We know that many customers are looking forward to driving a zero emissions electric vehicle and never having to visit a gas station again.
“We believe most of these customers are prepared to embrace the reality that a full battery does not last as long as a full tank of gas,” he said. And it is hard to believe that people would squabble over having to refill, especially when it will be utterly less expensive than gasoline. In addition, consumers who are on a road trip will be able to pull over at a re-charge station, and turn in their nearly empty batteries for brand new full ones, wasting no time at all charging.
Ford said the range of Focus Electric would be enough to “cover the majority of daily driving habits of Americans.” While there are currently only roughly 1,800 stations,. “We know that during the next 18 months we’re going to see at least 12,000 installed in cities around the country.
Go Just About Anywhere – Guilt-Free
The new Focus Electric runs exclusively on electricity stored in powerful, state-of-the-art batteries, which means it will never need gas. The cars are equipped with specially designed dashboards which will keep the driver constantly updated as to how much charge they have left, and when they next need to refill, to make sure that they get the most out of every charge, in every way.