We have a full run-down on the all-new 2011 Ford Focus elsewhere today, but there is one aspect of the car that Ford officials declined to discuss in very much detail at our preview just before Christmas, the upcoming EV. One thing we did learn for certain from spokeswoman Jennifer Moore is that it will officially be badged as the Focus Electric when it comes to market in 2011.
When we first saw the development mule at the 2009 Detroit Show, Ford would only say that the production version would be based on one of its C-segment vehicles but declined to be pinned down on the body style. When we spoke with line director Gunnar Hermann about the sedan and hatch, he told us that both styles are based on the same floor pan which has been engineered to accommodate the lithium ion battery pack. So it's possible that we could see the Focus Electric as both a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback.
That should make for a very interesting comparison against the Nissan Leaf, which will appear in test fleets later in 2010, but won't see retail availability until a year or so after the Focus Electric.