Ford Motor Co., on Wednesday said it has start producing its Focus Electric vehicle at the Michigan Assembly Plant. Focus Electric is expected to be the first five-passenger, all-electric car to achieve more than a 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) fuel efficiency rating.
In addition, the upcoming Focus Electric will come with a fast charging feature, which will halve Nissan Leaf’s time to fully recharge the battery and help drivers to more than double the expected single-charge range in a busy day of driving and recharging.
However, at $39,200, plus a $795 destination fee, it’s way more expensive than the competition.
Focus Electric comes standard with: MyFord Touch with 8-inch touchscreen; two driver-configurable 4.2-inch color LCD displays in cluster for unique EV driving screens; MyFord™ Mobile App (for remotely monitoring and scheduling battery charging with owners’ smartphone as well as remote start); HID Headlamps; 17-inch aluminum wheels, ambient lighting, seats made from 100-percent recycled material; Rear Camera with Rear Parking Sensor; Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start; MyKey®; voice-activated Navigation System; Particulate Air Filter; hands-free SYNC® Bluetooth telephone connectivity with Traffic, Direction and Information Services; electronic traction control; Sony®-Branded audio with nine speakers; SIRIUS® Satellite Radio and HD Radio™.
Indeed the Focus Electric is well equipped, but for another $2,000, buyers could order a Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in with unlimited range due to its gas engine.
The Focus electric is powered by a 123-horespower, 100-kilowatt electric motor, mated to a single-speed automatic transmission. There is a 23-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack, a single kilowatt less than the Leaf’s battery.