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Sunday, August 22, 2010
Ford Focus Electric and Hybrid
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New Ford Focus Goes Electric In 2011 and Hybrid in 2012

DETROIT, U.S.A - The Ford Motor Company will start selling the 2011 Ford Focus Electric next year in the United States. The Focus Electric is based on the all new 2011 Focus chassis (see photo), which will enter dealer showrooms in the U.S. as a gasoline model in late 2010. Ford recently announced that the supplier of the lithium-ion battery pack for the 2011 Ford Focus Electric will be Compact Power, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Korea's LG Chem. Ford says that the 2011 Focus Electric model will have a maximum range of 100 miles (161 km) off a fully charged battery, which should give the car a high acceptance rating when it is released.

Also announced for the U.S. is that in 2012, Ford will start selling the new Focus in two hybrid variants - a hybrid HEV Focus and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Focus. In Europe, a new Ford Focus C-MAX will be introduced as a hybrid (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in 2013.

The Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan will manufacture the Focus Electric and hybrid models for North America, whereas in Europe, the Focus C-MAX hybrids will be manufactured at Ford's Valencia Assembly Plant in Spain. Ford plans to develop a center of excellence in Michigan for electric and hybrid vehicles as part of its strategy to bring the highest efficiency vehicles to the global marketplace.

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