With hopes to someday producing an affordable electric car, Ford will soon start trials of its Focus BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) next year. Ford is hard at work to bring a conventional zero-emissions car to the market as soon as it can.
Currently shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the concept car has been specially developed to participate in the UK Government's 'Ultra-Low Carbon Vehicles' demonstration initiative next year.
Starting early 2010, a consortium of Ford, Scottish and Southern Energy and Strathclyde University will test the fleet of 15 prototype Focus BEVs and a charging infrastructure in and around the London Borough of Hillingdon.
Production shouldn´t be a complicated process as the BEV is based on a standard Focus using a new all-electric powertrain developed by Magna. The BEV has a 23kw lithium-ion battery pack and a chassis-mounted 100-kilowatt permanent-magnet electric traction motor. The BEV will have a range of up 75 miles and a top speed of 85 mph.
Using a household socket, batteries will require a charging of 6 to 8 hours. John Fleming, Ford of Europe chairman, said that the key element for the effective use of Ford's global resources and talents.
He pointed to the development of this fleet of Focus BEV prototypes as an important step in its goal to deliver more efficient and sustainable mobility solutions that are affordable and practical for its customers.