• Feb 2, 2009
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Those looking forward to Ford's upcoming electric vehicle, based on the next-gen global Focus platform, should be writing thank-yous to Magna International. It turns out that the prototype mule that's been running around the streets of Detroit (with our own Sam Abuelsamid behind the wheel) was actually built by engineers at the Canadian auto parts supplier to show Ford that it could be done and that Magna was the company to do it.

Ford was suitably impressed, so much so that the Blue Oval announced that a production vehicle based on the design would make it to market by 2011 after a second prototype was built using similar technology. Range from the lithium-ion battery pack will be limited to around 100 miles, depending on how and where the car is driven.

According to the automaker, last summer's high gas prices were the main driving force behind the decision. Now that President Obama appears ready to grant California it's air quality waiver, the decision makes even more sense and also allows Ford to maintain pace with cross-town rival General Motors and Japanese automakers like Honda and Toyota.


[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      100 miles per charge with no gasoline generator.....I dunno how crazy people are going to be about that. Seeing as how electric range can be reduced 50% depending on how the vehicle is driven, the real world range could be only 50-60 miles. That's not practical in the world I live in.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i drive 30 miles round trip to work everyday...sign me up
      • 5 Years Ago
      er... that looks like an L21-30 electrical plug on it. If you have 208 volt 3-phase at home, raise your hand :p
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep. Use it to run a laser system.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. Michigan could have two EV's being built in the state in a couple years. The Focas is in Wayne and the Volt in Detroit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Go Canada!
      • 5 Years Ago
      More proof that it should have been Magna not Cerberus that bought Chrysler. Magna has even offered to assemble the whole car themselves for Ford. As it is they will supply pretty much all the non standard Focus parts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      50-60 miles a day is not practical? You need to move closer to your job!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Re converting other Ford models to electric. Ford & Magna had to start somewhere converting an existing Ford design (i.e. the Focus) to electric was much faster than coming up a design for electric. Weight is an issue for electrics. The more weight the larger the motor the less range. Your fuel is what is stored in batteries. there are options with ultra capacitors & more batteries or newer battery technology. Battery (storage) technology is important. This was recognized by Pres Obama in stimulus plan funding. If battery technology is not mastered in the US then we create a less critical but similar problem to what exists now where oil is being imported. The range will increase as storage technology is increased. In the interim they are at 100miles & there are numerous ideas for fast charge & battery swap stations. There is also the easy option to add in a ICE (Interanl Combustion Engine) based range extender (i.e. Generator) into the vehicle where more range is required. We must start somewhere & this is a good start. Congrats Ford/Magna
      • 5 Years Ago
      100 miles sounds like alot...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Volt may be only 40 miles, but with gas in the tank, you never have to worry about running out of battery charge and getting stranded. Unexpected heavy traffic jams, etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I drive 48 miles to and from work, sounds good to me. My question, a 'production' version' means an EV version of the same Focus? Or the Euro Focus? Or another model?
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