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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Ford Focus BEV electric car
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Ford Focus Electric Prototype Car Live In Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - The Ford Motor Company premiered one of their latest electric car designs, the Ford Focus BEV Electric prototype (see photo) at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland this month (March 2, 2010). The Ford Focus BEV electric car is based upon a 2010 production Ford Focus chassis and is representative of the company's advanced automotive electrification technology. Ford says they will launch their next-generation C-car Focus model in 2011 and that a new Ford Focus Electric car will be part of the model line-up introduced to the U.S. and Canada that year.

Ford has built fifteen 'zero emissions' Focus BEV Prototypes as shown in the photograph above and they are currently testing these in Europe to gain insight into the car's real-world driving characteristics. The Ford Focus BEV electric car seats 5 passengers and it has a rear storage compartment similar to a standard Ford Focus model. Ford's Focus BEV electric car incorporates an advanced electric powertrain designed in cooperation with Magna. The Focus BEV electric car has a 23kWh lithium-ion battery pack mounted in the rear of the vehicle and this is coupled to a 100 kW permanent magnet electric motor. The motor has a maximum torque of 320 Nm giving the Focus BEV a top speed of 85 mph (136.8 km/h) and a full-battery charge range of 75 miles (120.70 kms).

The Ford Focus BEV electric car prototype can be fully charged in 6-8 hours by plugging the car's battery pack into a standard 230 V home outlet. Ford North America has designed a special electronic high voltage climate control system for the Focus BEV similar to the one introduced on the Ford Fusion Hybrid earlier this year. Ford of Europe CEO & Chairman, John Fleming said "We are looking forward to working with the various project partners on developing a realistic solution and viable market for (Ford's) electric vehicles."

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