Ford Poised For Production Of Focus Electric, Touting 100 MPGe, In Michigan

Ford Motor Co. says it is launching production of the 2012 Focus Electric at its assembly facility in Wayne, Mich. The five-passenger, all-electric vehicle is expected to achieve a fuel-efficiency rating of 100 MPGe or higher.

Ford says the Focus Electric will be the first EV to offer faster home-based charging through 240 V outlets – a full charge is targeted to be achieved in about three hours. The all-electric powertrain and single-speed transmission provide ‘immediate responsiveness and smooth acceleration when the driver steps on the accelerator, up to a top speed of 84 mph,’ the company adds.

Ford notes that a ‘limited number’ of Focus Electric models will first be available in California and the New York/New Jersey areas. Availability will expand in 2012 to 15 other markets – such as Chicago, San Diego, Seattle, Phoenix and Detroit – as production ramps up.

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