Geneva – The all-new Focus Electric, unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in January, has arrived in Europe. The vehicle will launch in summer 2012 in Europe and is designed to offer enough range to cover the majority of daily driving habits.
Focus Electric will be powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery system engineered by Ford in cooperation with supplier LG Chem. The battery system utilises heated and cooled liquid to help maximise battery life and fuel-free driving range.
Thermal management of lithium-ion battery systems is critical to the success of pure electric vehicles. Focus Electric uses an advanced active liquid cooling and heating system to precondition and regulate the temperature in its larger, more complex lithium-ion battery system.
Future owners of the Focus Electric will likely recharge the car’s advanced, Ford-engineered lithium-ion battery pack at home on a daily basis, using the 230-volt convenience cord that comes with the vehicle. When plugged in, the Focus Electric on-board charger converts AC power from the electric grid to DC power to charge the liquid-cooled/heated battery pack within 8-9 hours, using a standard wall plug, and 5-6 hours using a dedicated charging box. Further more, the powerful on-board charging equipment can charge the Focus Electric in just 3- 4 hours if the car is plugged in to an appropriate public charging station.
Focus Electric will introduce new features and technologies – including a unique version of the MyFord Touch driver connect system especially for electric vehicles.