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USA: Ford Focus Electric Production Ramps Up in Michigan

WATERTOWN, Mass., (MMD Newswire) December 29, 2011 – – Ford recently announced that its Michigan Assembly Plant has begun manufacturing the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, an all-electric compact car headed to Ford dealers in 19 select markets, including Boston, next year. The American automaker claims its newest model will be the first five-passenger, all-electric vehicle to achieve a miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) of more than 100.
Ford is the first of the Big Three domestic automakers to sell an all-electric car, and it has gone to great lengths to improve on the inherent weaknesses of plug-in vehicles, particularly when it comes to charging times. It claims the Ford Focus Electric can charge twice as fast as the Nissan Leaf when connected to a 240-volt outlet, which means a full charge takes about 3.5 hours instead of seven.

“Convenience is a big problem for most electric cars, because Americans like the flexibility of just filling up the gas tank and going rather than having to plug in for an entire night,” said Peter King, general manager of Watertown Ford, a Massachusetts Ford dealer. “Ford has done a great job of substantially shortening charge times, which will make the Focus Electric much easier to maintain on a day-to-day basis. That’s a huge step toward widespread acceptance of the electric car.”

Ford’s Focus Electric won’t be the only vehicle with a lithium-ion battery rolling out of the automaker’s Michigan Assembly Plant for long. The C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi, a pair of fuel-sipping, gas-electric vehicles, are scheduled to reach Ford dealerships in the latter half of 2012.
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