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Battery Focus glows at Geneva

2012-03-06 09:38

FORD'S LEAF RIVAL?: Recharging in half the time of the Nissan's Leaf, Ford's Focus Electric will go on sale globally later in 2012. Will it be enough to steal the limelight away from the 2011 European Car of the Year?

GENEVA, Switzerland – Ford is giving Geneva auto show-goers a clear view of its first modern all-electric car, the Focus Electric.

It's powered by a 23kWh lithium-ion battery and claims a range 160km. A recharge, Ford says, will take three to four hours through an appropriate charging facility. Such as an optional 240V charging station installed in their garage.

With the MyFord mobile application, you can schedule your vehicle charge cycle, remotely monitor and control vehicle charge levels and locate charging stations. The app also allows you to pre-heat or cool the vehicle from a smart phone.

VOICE CONTROL

Stephen Odell, Ford Europe CEO and chairman, said: “We believe that experiencing the responsive performance and agility of the new Ford Focus Electric will add to the excitement customers are already feeling about this very viable and cost-effective car.”

Ford Focus Electric

GREEN FRIENDLY: Ford's Focus Electric has seats made from recycled materials and cushion foam derived from plant-seed oils.

The Focus Electric will use Ford’s voice control, device integration and connectivity interface, SYNC. Odell said: “The suite of smart driver information technologies will transform the way customers think about energy use and their transport needs.”

The Focus Electric will have a 120Vt convenience cord to recharge using a household plug socket.

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