The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2013 Ford Focus Electric a top vehicle safety rating. Focus Electric, which is Ford’s first all-electric passenger vehicle, received a five-star Overall Vehicle Score for the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing, which merges vehicle performance in frontal and side-impact crash tests and rollover resistance.
Steve Kenner, global director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office, said that aside from the top safety rating, the Focus Electric also boasts a faster-charging technology that allows for a full recharge in 3 to 4 hours. Front and side airbag technologies are featured on the Focus Electric for its individual occupants.
The airbag for the driver has a reconfigured curve-shaped tether system that pulls in the lower section to make a “pocket” that helps in reducing the impact on the driver’s chest and ribs in the event of frontal crashes. The pioneering side airbags use one-of-a-kind shoulder vents that remain open and lessen the pressure for smaller occupants who usually benefit from reduced forces.
Ford has recently announced that over 900 Ford dealers will be certified to sell plug-in electrified vehicles, which include Focus Electric. In February 2012, it only had 67 dealerships. The sharp increase in electric vehicle-certified Ford dealers is proof that there’s more demand for its EVs. Ford has the second biggest share of this market, trailing behind Toyota.