Priced from £28,500
The new Ford Focus Electric is now available in the UK following its successful start of European production. The Focus Electric will set you back approximately £28,500 when you allow for the £5000 UK Government Plug-in Car Grant.
This new Electric Ford isn't the first for the company; Ford first produced an electrified vehicle exactly one hundred years ago when the company built a non-production electrified version of the Ford Model T. The joint project between Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford and inventor Thomas Edison to create a “cheap and practicable, electric automobile” was hampered by the limited battery technology of the time. But one hundred years later we have the Ford Focus Electric, Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe said “Ford has a proud heritage of making innovative technology available to as many people as possible and will provide one of the industry’s most comprehensive ranges of sub-100g/km CO2 cars with the variety and flexibility to suit the needs of all our European customers.”
A Ford-sponsored poll shows most Europeans are concerned about the environment and believe the biggest problem facing the world today is climate change. However, the survey of six thousand people also found that many are unsure of how to lead a ‘greener’ lifestyle, that most are committed to car ownership, and that the overwhelming majority see electrified vehicles as better for the environment.
Barb Samardzich said “Ford is leveraging our global experience and expertise to roll-out a range of electrified vehicles that offers a wide and compelling power of choice. European customers care deeply about the environment and are increasingly seeing electrified vehicles as a way of balancing those concerns with a commitment to car ownership.”
The Focus Electric is equipped with a 6.6k W fully integrated onboard charger that is capable of a driving range of approximately sixty miles with two to three hours charging from a 32A power supply. Ford say that charging time will vary according to vehicle usage and environmental conditions. This new electric vehicle complements Ford’s vehicle range of class leading fuel efficient petrol and diesel cars. These models include the Ford Focus ECOnetic (powered by a Dagenham-built 1.6-litre TDCi diesel engine) which delivers 83mpg and 88g/km, the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost 100PS delivering 99g/km and 67.5mpg (from early next year) and seven Ford Fiesta powertrains that deliver sub-100g/km CO2 emissions.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing to reduce fuel consumption without sacrificing power, and was named International Engine of the Year 2013 and 2012.