Ford Motor Company begins Focus electric car manufacture in Europe

June 13th, 2013 by Ford Motor Company

Ford Focus Electric is now manufactured in Europe (click image to expand)

The Ford Focus Electric is now manufactured in Europe (click image to expand – image courtesy of Ford Motor Company)

Ford has begun production of the Ford Focus Electric in Saarlouis, Germany. This is the first full-electric vehicle to be built by Ford in Europe.

The zero-emission Focus Electric is spearheading Ford’s line-up of electrified and highly fuel-efficient vehicles, and will be joined in Europe by the Ford C‑MAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle next year, followed by the new Ford Mondeo Hybrid soon after.

Developed as a “One Ford” global vehicle, the Focus Electric features an advanced electric motor and lithium-ion battery powertrain that produces 145 PS (Metric horsepower) and achieves a top speed of 84 mph.

Each vehicle is equipped with a 6.6 kW fully integrated on-board charger that can achieve a driving range of about 60 miles with two to three hours charging from a 32 A power supply.

A full charge of the Focus Electric battery in three to four hours will deliver a 100-mile range depending on a number of conditions including one’s driving style and driving conditions.

Ford Focus electric charger. A full three to four hour charge will provide a driving range of about 100 miles (click image to expand - image courtesy of Ford)

Ford Focus electric charger. A full three to four hour charge will provide a driving range of about 100 miles depending on a range of factors such as driving style and passenger numbers (click image to expand – image courtesy of Ford)

Barb Samardzich, product development vice president, Ford of Europe, said “Focus Electric marks the dawn of an exciting new age of full-electric Ford passenger vehicles in Europe, and demonstrates the success of the One Ford strategy in making this sophisticated vehicle available to our European customers.”

The Ford Focus Electric features a new user interface called SmartGauge which calculates and displays driving range based on remaining energy; the driver’s unique braking and acceleration inputs; and the use of accessories such as climate control and audio systems.

The Focus Electric’s sophisticated powertrain uses regenerative braking to capture up to 95% of kinetic energy normally lost during the braking process, while the innovative Brake Coach feature encourages gradual braking to help return more energy to the battery.

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Ford has integrated Focus Electric production directly into the established Ford Focus production line at Saarlouis, in Germany, with Ford Focus electric cars reaching customers from July 2013.

 

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