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2012 Ford Focus EV

  • What is it? All-electric version of Ford's new-for-2012 Focus compact sedan
  • The basics: 105-kW motor, driving front wheels, powered by 23-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
  • Driving Impressions: First Drive: 2012 Ford Focus EV Prototype
  • On sale: during 2012 model year
  • Price: not yet even estimated

Ford has offered limited numbers of hybrid-electric vehicles since 2004, first the Escape Hybrid compact crossover and now the well-received 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan. It is taking its next cautious step into new green technology by planning to offer a low-volume electric version of its upcoming, completely redesigned 2012 Ford Focus compact.

Before this car, Ford will also offer an electric version of its 2010 Ford Transit Connect small commercial delivery van. But that vehicle is likely to be restricted to businesses that install the necessary charging infrastructure for small fleets of electric vehicles. The 2012 Focus EV will be Ford's first electric car aimed at ordinary consumers.

Jay Leno recently demonstrated a more recent prototype than the one we drove last summer. Ours was a converted U.S.-market 2009 Ford Focus four-door sedan; Leno's was the completely different European Focus, in this case a five-door hatchback.

But the production Focus EV, which will be built in the same Michigan factory as the standard gasoline 2012 Ford Focus, will be the all-new, global design that Ford is expected to unveil at next month's Detroit Auto Show.

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Comments (2)
  1. The Tesla Roadster is a nice car. I wish I could only afford one. As for more cars of the future I am seeing smaller cars due to the gas prices.
     
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  2. So why is it that these auto reviews never seem to mention the fact that since 1999 you could drive an American made, fully electric, car at 75 mph? These reviewers need to get their head out of the sand and do some research before they write such stuff! Visit their site http://www.myersmotors.com/ for the history and details. The single seater is called the NmG (for "No more Gas!"). I have been following this particular auto since the days it was launched back in California (as the "Sparrow"). I used to drive by their lot on Auburn Blvd in Sacramento everyday. I am patiently waiting for them to launch their 2-seater version (Called the DUO for "Doesn't Use Oil".) which is about to happen. The future, as mentioned in this article, has been here since 1999!
     
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