2011 Detroit Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Ford unveils its first plug-in battery-powered passenger car.
- The Focus Electric is one of five new electric vehicles due from Ford by 2013.
- It can be fully charged in half the time of the Nissan Leaf.
DETROIT — Ford's new Focus Electric, built in Michigan and on sale in late 2011, is the latest entry in the company's growing stable battery-powered vehicles. Ford said the Focus Electric, on display next week at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, will have a mileage-equivalency rating that's one mile per gallon better than the Chevrolet Volt, and its lithium-ion battery pack can be charged in half the time required by the Nissan Leaf.
Clearly aimed at younger, tech-savvy buyers, the five-door hatchback will come with a "driver information suite" that bundles a special version of MyFord Touch along with MyFord Mobile, a new smartphone app that enables owners to monitor vehicle functions and settings while on the go.
The Focus Electric also will come with a 120-volt "convenience cord" for charging at any standard outlet. An extra-cost item is the 240-volt wall-mounted home charging station that enables the Focus Electric to be fully charged in three to fours.
The electric motor will enable a top speed of 84 miles per hour.
Among the standard features on the Focus Electric are electronic traction control, six airbags, hands-free telephone connectivity, pushbutton start, 17-inch alloy wheels, Sony audio system with CD and MP3 player, Sirius satellite radio with Travel Link and voice-activated navigation.
Both the gasoline and electric versions of the 2012 Focus for North America will be assembled at Ford's Wayne plant in Michigan.
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