The Focus Electric offers the technology, efficiency and driving fun of the gas-powered Focus – along with a top speed of up to 84 mph – enough to spark just about anyone's imagination when behind the wheel of one of America's most fuel-efficient five-passenger vehicles.
• Ford Focus Electric – the first fuel-free, rechargeable passenger car from Ford – is now available at Ford Certified EV dealerships nationwide in North America; Focus Electric soon will be available in Europe
• Focus Electric is one of the most fuel-efficient cars in America and has an EPA-estimated rating of 110 MPGe with the capability of traveling up to 76 miles on a single charge and deliver a top speed of up to 84 mph – enough to meet the daily needs of most American drivers
• Focus Electric provides a special version of MyFord Touch™ driver connect technology especially for electric customers and introduces MyFord Mobile, a smartphone app and website for monitoring key vehicle functions and charge settings while mobile
The Focus Electric – launched in late 2011 and available today at Ford EV Certified dealers nationwide – is designed to offer enough range to cover the majority of daily driving habits of Americans. It has an EPA-estimated rating of 110 MPGe with the capability of traveling up to 76 miles on a single charge and delivering a top speed of up to 84 mph. A full recharge takes four hours with a 240-volt charge station.
Focus Electric features and technologies include a unique version of the MyFord Touch driver connect system especially for electric vehicles, a new value charging feature that identifies non-peak utility cost times to charge their vehicles, and MyFord Mobile, both a smartphone and website that helps plug-in owners control their vehicles remotely.
The sleek and stylish five-door hatchback leverages Ford's global C-car platform shared by the gasoline and diesel-powered Focus models, which debuted at the 2010 North American International Auto Show and were launched at the Paris Motor Show in September.
Both Focus gasoline and electric variants sold in North America are built at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., with production powered in part by one of the largest solar energy generator systems in the state.
For European markets, Focus Electric is scheduled to launch in September 2013 and be built in Saarlouis, Germany.
Focus Electric is one of five electrified vehicles included in Ford's electrification strategy. The Fusion Hybrid and C-MAX Hybrid are sold at every Ford dealership. Plug-in vehicles such as Focus Electric, C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid are sold only through Ford Certified EV dealerships. These dealerships have installed two charging stations, undergone a green assessment, and have personnel who have taken additional product training.A real car
Not only is Focus Electric designed to provide outstanding energy efficiency and reliable operation, it also delivers real driving enjoyment. The all-electric powertrain and single-speed transmission provide immediate responsiveness and smooth acceleration when the driver pushes down the accelerator, up to a top speed of 84 mph (136 kph).
Much of Focus Electric's steering, handling and braking feel is shared with the agile, sporty, fuel-powered Focus models upon which it's based, making Focus Electric a dynamic driver's car. At the same time, the absence of a gasoline or diesel engine and outstanding aerodynamics lead to a remarkably quiet, comfortable in-car experience.
Focus Electric offers a host of standard safety and security features including six airbags and electronic traction control, along with hands-free SYNC® telephone connectivity and MyKey® for North America. Extensive eco-conscious materials, such as bio-foam seat cushions and recycled fabrics also are featured in the vehicle. The REPREVE seat fabric is made from 100 percent recycled content.
Other standard features on Ford Focus Electric for North American customers include the unique execution of MyFord Touch driver connect technology, 15-spoke 17-inch aluminum wheels, a 60/40 split rear bench seat, push button start, AM/FM/CD/MP3 Sony® Audio with nine speakers, Sirius® Satellite Radio with Travel Link, HD Radio™ and voice-activated Navigation System.
An empowering experience
Focus Electric owners have access to a suite of driver information systems – on-board and off-board – designed to help them manage the recharge process, navigate the most eco-friendly route on-board, monitor battery state of charge and maximize energy efficiency to optimize their driving range. This carefully engineered set of tools is designed to give Focus Electric the edge over competitive products, providing new electric vehicle owners the information they need to enjoy all the freedom gas-free driving has to offer.
Among these tools is a unique execution of MyFord Touch driver connect technology. Thoughtfully developed for electric vehicle owners, it offers innovative presentation of vehicle information, such as battery state of charge, distance to charge point, the corresponding range budget and expected range margin. The system's MyView feature allows drivers to access even more vehicle data including the electrical demands of vehicle accessories such as air conditioning, which can impact driving range.
Just as the growing leafy vine of first-generation SmartGauge™ with EcoGuide represents fuel efficiency in other Ford hybrids such as C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid, the cluster display in Focus Electric uses blue butterflies to represent the surplus range beyond one's charge point destination – the more butterflies there are, the greater the range.
Ford designers were inspired by the phenomenon known as 'the butterfly effect,' in which a small change, like choosing to drive an electric vehicle, can have an enormous impact. To reinforce the message, at the end of each trip a display screen provides distance driven, miles gained through regenerative braking, energy consumed and a comparative gasoline savings achieved by driving electric.
The cluster is also integrated with the MyFord Touch map-based Navigation System using the vehicle's center stack 8-inch touch screen. After adding their driving destinations, including their next charge point, into the vehicle's Navigation System, the vehicle will coach drivers on how to achieve the desired range – or if travel plans need to be adjusted. The on-board Navigation System provides an EcoRoute option based on characteristics of efficient EV driving.Remote control
Off-board, Focus Electric owners in North America will be able to maintain constant contact with the car anywhere they have mobile phone or Internet access using the Ford-developed MyFord Mobile app and website, allowing them to:
• Receive instant vehicle status information
• Perform key functions remotely
• Monitor the car's state of charge and current range
• Get alerts when it requires charging or has finished charging
• Remotely program charge settings and download vehicle data for analysis
The feature also allows the owner to program the vehicle to use electricity from the grid to heat or cool the battery and cabin while plugged in – called preconditioning. For example, during hot summer months, owners can preprogram the car the evening before to be fully charged – and fully cooled to a particular temperature – by a certain time the following morning. Úsers can also locate the vehicle with GPS, remotely start the vehicle and remotely lock and unlock the car doors.
MyFord Mobile can communicate charge station and other points of interest to Focus Electric using SYNC's Traffic, Directions and Information (TDI). Turn-by-turn guidance is provided by the in-car map-based Navigation System. Drivers can also get up-to-date charging station information in their vehicle directly through SYNC TDI simply by connecting to SYNC Services.Getting charged up
The new Focus Electric offers a unique value charging feature to help owners in the Ú.S. charge their vehicles at the cheapest utility rates, lowering the cost of ownership.
The tool is designed to help customers avoid unnecessary expense by providing an optimized charge. In the future, these smart charging habits will help utility companies understand and better manage the demands placed upon the electric grid because of electrified vehicles.
Focus Electric owners are likely to handle one of the vehicle's charge cord connectors two or more times each day. That's why Ford worked with supplier Yazaki to provide an industry-standard five-point plug that is ergonomically comfortable to hold as well as durably and distinctively designed.
The plug handle uses a matte-finished black rubber that allows for a comfortable, non-slip grip. The plug head is shielded with a protective glossy white plastic.
When the cord set connector is plugged into the vehicle's charge port, which is conveniently located between the driver's door and front wheel well, it activates a light ring that loops around the port twice in acknowledgement of connectivity. The LED light ring then illuminates in quadrants as the vehicle charges. Flashing quadrants represent charge in progress and solid-lit quadrants show stages of charge completion. In the unlikely event of a fault, the entire ring will flash. When the entire ring is solidly lit, the vehicle is fully charged.
Ford recommends consumers purchase a 240-volt charging station to achieve faster charging times. A Ford-branded Leviton station and a soon-to-be-available Ford-branded AeroVironment station can be purchased by calling (888) 291-6747 or by visiting http://evsolutions.com/ford. Both charging stations are available with or without full service from AeroVironment.
Further, SunPower and Ford have teamed up to offer customers clean, economical solar power at home. Ford hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric car customers can save on monthly energy bills, plus receive a rebate of up to $1,500 for purchasing, or $500 for leasing, a SunPower system. More information can be found here.Batteries included
Focus Electric is powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery system engineered by Ford in cooperation with suppliers. The battery system utilizes heated and cooled liquid to help maximize battery life and fuel-free driving range.
Thermal management of lithium-ion battery systems is critical to the success of pure electric vehicles. Focus Electric uses an advanced active liquid cooling and heating system to precondition and regulate the temperature in its larger, more complex lithium-ion battery system.
The active liquid system heats or chills a coolant before pumping it through the battery cooling system. This loop regulates temperature throughout the system against external conditions. On hot days, chilled liquid absorbs heat from the batteries, dispersing it through a radiator before pumping it through the chiller again. On cold days, heated liquid warms the batteries, gradually bringing the system's temperature to a level that allows it to efficiently accept charge energy and provide enough discharge power for expected vehicle performance.Source - Ford