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Ford’s Focus Electric car includes MyTouch app and SYNC

Four million cars now have SYNC technology

Ford is debuting its own electric car, the Focus Electric, which will be available in the coming months, and will integrate smartphone technology, including a special app that will give user updates, alerts and help them plan trips.

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric will be available in 19 markets by the end of this summer, starting with California, New York and New Jersey, Ford announced this week.

The Ford Focus Electric will come with the Ford SYNC entertainment system, and its own MyFord app, to give the driver special alerts, and other features, that is meant to make the driving experience easier.

SYNC, which has been around since 2007, uses the Microsoft operating system to allow users to make hands-free telephone calls and control music and other functions using voice commands. Ford SYNC will now be used in over four million vehicles.

The MyFord app, which debuted in January 2011, will allow the car owners to find nearby charge stations, monitor the car’s charge, receive alerts, and plan their trips through their smartphone. It will be available on Blackberry, Android and iPhone. Users will also be able to access it through a browser.

According to the release, the Focus Focus Electric will be able to charge in half the time it takes the Nissan Leaf. It will also have a higher capacity charger, and will cost less as the app is designed to alert users when local utilities begin charging off-peak rates, allowing drivers to spend less recharging their vehicles.
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