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Ford is Focusing on Battery Electric Cars
Ford announced a few months ago that the battery electric Focus was coming, and they seem to be making good progress. They're showing a prototype of the Focus BEV at the Frankfurt Auto Show (more pics below); its based on the current European Ford Focus, which is different from the one sold in North-America. It has a 23 kWh lithium-ion tri-metal battery pack and is powered by a 100 kW electric motor that delivers 320 N·m of torque.
According to Ford, "the BEV will have a range of up to120 km (75 miles) and a top speed of up to 136 km/h (85 mph). Charging the batteries will take between 6-8 hours using a common 230 volt grid."
A small fleet of 15 Focus electric cars will be tested by a consortium made up of Ford, Scottish and Southern Energy, and Strathclyde University.
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