Late last week, the Ford Focus Electric captured the Green Car Journal's 2011 Green Car Vision Award. Ford's battery-electric compact beat out four other finalists, including the Honda Fit EV, the Mitsubishi i electric vehicle, the Toyota RAV4 EV and the Volvo C30 DRIVe. While we weren't exactly shocked to discover that Ford's electric car walked away with the title, we are a bit surprised by a report claiming that the Focus Electric will launch without DC fast-charge capability.
According to Plugin Cars, the battery-powered Focus, like the Nissan Leaf, will reportedly hit the market without so-called Level 3 charging capabilities. While it's not set in stone that the electrified Focus will debut without fast-charge capabilities, Dan Pierce, Ford's manager of environmental communications, relayed this message to Plugin Cars:
However, even if the Focus arrives sans DC fast-charging hardware, it will still boast the ability to charge twice as fast as the Nissan Leaf via Level 2 charging.
The Ford Focus Electric is focusing on Level 2 charging (240 Volt), and with an onboard charging system that allows a full charge in just over 3 hours (half the time as the competition), this will be the most practical solution for our first generation.