Ford is producing some leading green vehicles including the EscapeHybrid, and the Fusion Hybrid, but the flagship of Ford’s greenofferings is their first all electric car the Focus Electric. This zeroemission vehicle is a fully electric version of their popular small car.
The Focus Electric is an aerodynamic vehicle with low-rolling resistancetires. It is powered by a 100 kW electric motor coupled with a 23-kWhbattery. The 100-kilowatt electric motor provides 123 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed is 84 mph (136km/h) and can be charged in just three hours from its 240-volt home-installed chargingstation (half the time of the Nissan Leaf). However, it can take up to20 hours to charge using a standard 120-volt outlet.
Although the range of the vehicle remains to be seen, if the car does not provokerange anxiety, it will pose a serious challenge to the Chevrolet Voltand the Nissan Leaf. The Focus Electric will be available to the publicat the end of the 2011 in North America.
Richard Matthews is a consultant, sustainable investor, writer and owner of The Green Market. The Green Market is a leading sustainable business blog that covers the convergence of sustainable capitalism and the global environment. The Green Market is one of the most comprehensive resources for information and tools on sustainability. Richard is a regular contributor to more than 50 publications including, The Green Economy Post and Environmental News Network (ENN). Find him on Facebook and Linkedin and see The Green Market’s twitter feed and Facebook Fan Page.