Just as promised, Ford is planning to introduce an onslaught of EV passenger in 2011, and its first one is the Focus Electric. The Focus EV is making its official debut at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as we speak, and later with its official launch by the fourth quarter of 2011 in North America. Europe will get its version as well in 2013.
From the looks, the new Focus Electric is much more aerodynamic than the standard version, thanks to an improved aerodynamics package to reduce drag. The package includes a new front fascia with wide opening air duct and horizon slits that seems to be similar to the Aston Martin Vantage. In addition, we see a few other changes are the addition of a charging port with an LED light to the left of the driver’s door and a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels.
In the power department, the Focus Electric is powered by a 100-kilowatt electric motor with a 23-kWh battery that is competent at producing 123 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. Ford claims that the Focus EV will be able to attain a top speed of 84 miles per hour and with a travel range up to 100 miles, which is inline with the Nissan LEAF.
The Focus Electric can be fully charged in just three hours from its 240-volt home-installed charging station. Without the 240-volt charging station, it could take up to 20 hours to charge on a standard 120-volt outlet. The two-piece, wall-mounted charging station can be bought and mounted by Best Buy if you are not so handy. Ford also has created a new MyFord Mobile app that allows you to monitor and interact with your Focus Electric at all times.
Currently, the Ford Focus EV is on the show. There may be a few minor tweaks here and there before it will make to final production in a few months. We may get to see the Focus EV at dealerships somewhere in late October.