The Ford Focus Electric is coming to the UK. The all-electric hatchback will go on sale priced at £33,500 inclusive of the government’s £5,000 plug-in car grant, and will be available to buy in 2014.
The Focus Electric uses a 23kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack that provides an estimated driving range of 100 miles on a single charge, though your own mileage will vary depending on how enthusiastically it’s driven, the types of roads traversed and how much strain is placed on ancillary systems such as lights and air conditioning. Recharging is estimated to take roughly in 10-11 hours via a 240-volt, 13A charging station.
The announcement of the Ford Focus Electric coincides with a survey, commissioned by Ford, that reveals more than a quarter of all people would consider buying an electric vehicle. 72 per cent of those surveyed said they believe electrified vehicles are better for the environment.
“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,” commented Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “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 Ford Focus Electric is one of several electrified Ford vehicles destined for release in the not too distant future. It will be joined in the UK by the Ford Mondeo Hybrid and the C-MAX Energi in Europe.
We’ll have test drives of all three models in the not too distant future.