Green Focus: Electric Car - 2013 Focus Electric

A new car called the 2013 Ford Focus Electric is an electric car developed that aims to ensure you will never need to use a drop of fuel and will never need an oil change. This car will be powered by a new lithium-ion battery. It will be as easy to charge as if you were charging your phone. This will be the first of five passenger all electric vehicles which has a fuel efficiency rating equivalent of achieving (2.2 L/100 km) and city driving of (2.1 L/100 km). The top speed of the vehicle is 135km/h The battery is a 23kWh, high voltage lithium-ion one which is stored at the rear of the vehicle. The battery features an advanced liquid heating and cooling system which helps to regulate the battery temperature which also help maximize the life of the battery. This system would heat or chill the coolant before it pumps it through the battery cooling system. So on a hot day the liquid would be cooled so it absorbs heat from the battery pack. And on a cold day the liquid would be heated so it would warm the batteries, this would allow the system’s temperature to be warmed gradually so it would bring the system to a level that enables it to charge more efficiently and would also provide power for the expected vehicle performance. This innovative design will help get the most kilometres out of every charge. You will be able to charge up the battery in 4 hours with the Leviton 240-volt charging station. Additionally, this vehicle is loaded with technological features that will give the most efficiency from the vehicle. A custom built system called The MyFord Touch system would show the charge of the battery and the distance remaining to the nearest charge point. Something that was inspired from the Ford Fusion Hybrid is a system which uses a display that shows the surplus range beyond the driver’s charge point. This is represented by blue butterflies. The more there is the greater the range and these will disappear as the car’s battery is depleted. This car has only a single speed transmission, this has been built especially to handle the high rpm range which comes with an electric motor. This not only will give a quiet ride but it is also efficient and will deliver quick and smooth acceleration. One feature is the regenerative braking system that will help capture more than 90% of the energy which is lost through friction brakes and this recycles it back to recharge the battery. Plus the on-board navigation would be able to give an alternative EcoRoute which would be based on driving more economically. If car rental companies in Sydney and other major cities start to move their fleets to vehicles which are all electric then this would reduce their carbon footprint as well as helping to reduce their maintenance costs for their fleets and this would also reduce the cost for car rental in sydney. This in turn would have a knock on effect as to make it a lot more affordable to use a rental car.