X

Ford Focus Battery Electric Vehicle set to electrify London

Good news, G-Wiz haters -- the electric Ford Focus is on its way to London, and it's bringing all five of its seats along for the ride

Rory Reid

See full bio
dsc01704.jpg
1 of 5

Electric cars usually take one of two forms -- the small, cutesy runabout or the insane tarmac-shredding hypercar. Ford, however, is dipping its toes in the middle ground, having recently unveiled an electric version of its long-running Focus.

The Focus BEV -- battery electric vehicle -- is essentially an 'electrified' (Ford's wording) version of the current petrol-powered car. As a result, it'll happily ferry five passengers in relative comfort -- something most electric cars can only dream of.

Its electric powertrain, provided by Magna, is based on technology that'll feature in Ford's forthcoming C-sized (think Ford C-MAX) electric vehicle architecture, due for release in North America in 2011. It'll feature a lithium-ion battery pack with a modest 23kWh capacity and a chassis-mounted 100kW permanent-magnet electric traction motor. Together, they'll give the BEV a range of up to 75 miles and a top speed of up to 85mph. Recharging time is currently slated to take between 6 and 8 hours on a household 230V outlet.

Sadly, you won't be able to buy a Focus BEV any time in the near future, but you can expect to see them on our roads very soon. A consortium of Ford, Scottish and Southern Energy and Strathclyde University will begin using the fleet of 15 prototype vehicles in and around the London Borough of Hillingdon from early 2010.

If the trials are successful, and Ford can figure out a way of making the lithium-ion batteries in these cars affordable, then businesses and consumers will be offered a slice of the electric BEV pie. That's your lot for now. Check out the pictures in our gallery for further details.

dsc01706.jpg
2 of 5
The BEV will charge up from any household plug, or via one of the many charging stations in and around London. A full charge will take somewhere between 6 and 8 hours on a standard electrical outlet.
dsc01707.jpg
3 of 5
You'll need a garage if you intend to charge it at home, though. Either that, or a really long extension cable.
dsc01708.jpg
4 of 5
The Focus BEV is one of very few electric cars that will seat five fully grown adults in comfort.
dsc01709.jpg
5 of 5
And the best news: it doesn't look like some weird piece of alien transport from the future.

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More
John Cena attends Warner Bros. premiere of The Suicide Squad, in costume as Peacemaker.

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022
zelda-cnet-2.jpg

The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022

36 Photos
The 51 Best VR Games
astro-bot-rescue-mission-screen-02-ps4-us-18may18

The 51 Best VR Games

53 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More
thor4

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

85 Photos
Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Images Compared: See the Difference
james-webb-seq-00-14-05-10-still002

Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Images Compared: See the Difference

12 Photos
Meet the US Navy's new $13 billion aircraft carrier
dcs09-371-5.jpg

Meet the US Navy's new $13 billion aircraft carrier

74 Photos
DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths
img9412.jpg

DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

10 Photos