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Euro-spec 2017 Ford Focus Electric gets new higher-capacity battery, DC fast-charge system

Here is good news for fans as well as would-be customers of the Ford Focus Electric in Europe – your beloved EV just got exciting improvements. Ford has just given the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric a new battery and a new DC fast-charge system.

Before the changes, the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric gets power from a 23-kWh battery. This means that its battery could allow the five-door electric hatchback – with propulsion from a 107 kW (143 hp) motor -- to have around 100 miles of pure electric driving range. This means that a driver could drive a Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric for only 100 miles and will need to recharge the EV to squeeze more distance.

Already great for those who don’t typically drive over 100 miles every day, but it won’t be enough for those who needed or wanted some extra miles to fulfill some roles or daily obligations. Just to note, the 100 miles of pure electric driving range already represents an improvement of 24 miles over the previous model.

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Ford names dealerships that will sell the Focus Electric

Ford announced today that 67 dealerships will be able to sell the brand new Focus Electric and all of them are located in New York, New Jersey and California. Sales will begin this month, while by the end of the year the Focus Electric will be available nationwide. For those folks who don’t know, the Ford Focus Electric was certified by EPA at the equivalent of 110 mpg in city driving.

The Focus Electric has a total range of 76 miles. In order to promote the Focus Electric, that is build at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., the American manufacturer teamed up with Yahoo!, the online media company. Ford said that it will launch a digital reality-show competition to promote the Focus Electric.

The program features two-person teams competing in challenges. As expected, the dealerships that will be able to sell the Focus Electric had to meet Ford requirements such as: at least two charging stations - one available for customer use and the other in the service department; dealers need to have one Focus Electric available at all times for demonstration purposes; dealers must have windows signs and materials to display point-of-purschase; dealers must participate in a Ford Go Green Dealer Onsite Facility Assessment in order to be able to cut operating expenses and reduce their carbon footprint.

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Ford Focus Electric makes its debut as first all-electric pace car for NASCAR

Ford is getting two of its 2012 Focus Electric vehicles ready for their duty as pace cars for the Capital City 400, a NASCAR Sprint Cup event, at Richmond International Raceway. The two 2012 Focus Electric pace cars, the first in the history of NASCAR, were unveiled in a public ceremony held at Virginia State Capitol by officials for Ford, NASCAR and the state of Virginia. 

Doing the honors were Eric Kuehn, chief nameplate engineer, Ford Global Electrified Programs; Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, and Mike Lynch, NASCAR's managing director of Green Innovation. After the unveiling ceremony, Bolling and Kuehn rode in one pace car while Lynch was in the other.

Together, they cruised to Richmond International Raceway, where they turned over the pace cars to Dennis Bickmeier, president of RIR. Kuehn said that Focus Electric’s participation in the Capital City 400 as a pace car will be a special moment for NASCAR fans, Virginians and for Ford. Bolling, meanwhile, remarked that Focus Electric’s role as pace car for NASCAR is proof that it is possible to combine performance and fuel-efficiency.

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally confident that he will double deliveries of Focus Electric

Ford CEO Alan Mulally is confident that even if the initial sales of the new battery-powered Focus hatchback begin at a pace that’s slower than anticipated, it will still be able to more than double deliveries of electric-drive autos with no stalling. This month, Ford Motor Co. will sell the $39,200 electric Focus that averages 76 miles (122 kilometers) per charge, without offering a volume target.

On the first full year, 9,674 units of Nissan Motor Co.'s Leaf hatchback were sold. This vehicle has a base price of $35,200 and average 73 miles per charge. Last Monday, Mulally told reporters in Laguna Niguel, Calif. that if it sells fewer than 5,000 Focus EVs in the first year, it won’t be considered a failure.

At a conference that Fortune magazine hosted, Mulally said that there will be more electric vehicles with the drop in battery prices and as the company aims to produce electricity cleanly. He said that the growth is continuous and that this journey is a “long-term” one. Bloomberg New Energy Finance said that as production capacity surpassed the demand, there was a 14% drop in the average price of lithium-ion battery packs for electric vehicles in the past year.

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World is changing everyday and we see this also in the automotive industry. The latest proof: an electric NASCAR pace car. That’s right folks, the Ford Focus will be the first all-electric pace car in the NASCAR to ever lead the field for a Sprint Cup Series race at the Richmond 400.

It appears that Ford is the only manufacturer that wants to make some groundbreaking moments in NASCAR as the American manufacturer was the first car marker to compete with a four-door sedan as its flagship model in 1998 but also first to use a hybrid to start a NASCAR event with the Fusion Hybrid back in 2008 at the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Back in January, Ford became the first manufacturer to show off its 2013 NASCAR race car when it unveiled the new 2013 Fusion racer. Regarding the Ford Focus Electric, this is America’s most fuel-efficient five-seat car that offers the equivalent of 110 miles per gallon (MPGe) city, 99 MPGe highway and operates on battery-generated power. The Focus Electric was rated by EPA at 105 MPGe combined, while its main rival – the Nissan Leaf – is rated at 105 MPGe combined.

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A new Ford Focus Electric is up for grabs and all you have to do is join an online reality show called “Plugged In” – a show on Yahoo! Screen made possible by the partnership between Ford and Yahoo! Participants will have to complete various challenges around their home towns while driving around a Ford Focus Electric. The show will be hosted by local celebrities.

The teams get clues via video, text, and audio through the Sync with MyFord Touch system. The car’s navigation system would also have to be used by the teams to arrive at their destinations.

The show will take place in Los Angeles; New York; Chicago; Washington D.C.; San Francisco; Seattle; Austin, Texas; Atlanta; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Boston. Viewers of this online show could comment and upload photos of their hometowns after every episode. Casting is ongoing. We will get details about the online schedule of the show within a few weeks. The teams that win get a Focus Electric. Just last month, Ford and NBC launched a reality show dubbed “Escape Routes,” featuring the 2013 Ford Escape crossover.

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Those who own a new 2012 Ford Focus Electric could now drive in the less congested high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes after the California Environmental Protection Agency's Air Resources Board (CARB) finally gave its approval.

The California state gives owners a new $2,500 rebate and with the eligible $7,500 federal tax incentive, they can receive as much as $10,000 in tax credits. Recently, Focus Electric had become the most fuel-efficient five-seater in the U.S. with its 110-MPGe city fuel economy rating. When compared to the Nissan Leaf, it has higher power, passenger room and standard features and yet, it has half the charge time and cost.

Customers can choose from among 10 fuel-efficient engines that lead in several segments and uses powertrain technologies. With the approval of the car for California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP), owners of the gas-free Ford Focus Electric could save $10,000, and get access to the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane. Those who buy the Focus Electric in California could now apply to get a $2,500 tax rebate when the Focus Electric is bought or leased for 36 months or longer.

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Ford’s Focus Electric, the automaker’s first-ever all-electric passenger car, will be seen at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. This model will start selling in the UK in 2013. The Ford Focus Electric is targeted to be driven for 100 miles on a single charge. However, charging takes only three to four hours when it’s connected to a proper charging facility and it is equipped with a 23kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The hatchback Focus said that it comes with steering, handling and braking feel is shared with the more flexible, sporty, fuel-powered five-door model that was used as its basis.

Since the unit doesn’t have a petrol or diesel engine, it comes with a amazing aerodynamics that results to a quite and comfortable in-car experience. Starting with the Launch, the Focus Electric will come with Ford’s advanced voice control, device integration and connectivity interface, SYNC, with special features that show off the benefits of driving an electric vehicle in the most efficient way.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified the upcoming Ford Focus Electric as having a mpg equivalent of 105 miles per gallon of gasoline, Ford Motor Co. announced. The Focus compact electric car carries an EPA rating of 99 mpg equivalent in highway driving and 110 mpg equivalent in city driving. 

Since electric cars and plug-in hybrids use sources of power different from gasoline-fuelled autos, there is a need to establish a more understandable and simple measure so that consumers could compare the non-petrol and petrol vehicles.

To simplify the comparison, the EPA instituted the mpg equivalent, which measures the average distance travelled per unit of energy consumed.

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Ford announced today that the all-new 2012 Focus Electric online configurator is available and customers who want to can order their car at a Certified Electric Vehicle (EV) dealer. The 2012 Focus Electric will be priced from $39,200, plus the $795 destination charge. This means that the car will carry a price of $39,995. Taking on consideration the federal tax credit of $7,500, the price drops to $32,495.

For those who don’t know, the Nissan Leaf is priced at $35,200 plus the $850 destination charge. Regarding the 2012 Focus, there are few options such as a special Blue Candy color priced at $395, a White Platinum color priced at $495, and leather seats for $995.

The 2012 Ford Focus EV is powered by a permanent-magnet electric motor delivering 123 hp and 181 pound-feet of torque. Moreover, the EV carries a 23 kW lithium-ion battery system and uses a single-speed transmission. Regarding the charging, the Focus EV needs almost 20 hours for a full charge using a typical 120v outlet, or just 3-4 hours using a special 240v charger.

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