As many as 20 households in the London Borough of Hillingon will be among the first to experience Ford’s latest zero emissions technology. They’ll get to drive a Ford Focus battery electric vehicle (BEV) for three months, taking part in research testing the technology’s suitability for potential future application in Ford’s passenger-car lineup.
These Ford Focus vehicles have been specially developed for the UK government’s Ultra-Low Carbon Vehicles demonstration next year.
Hillingdon Council will ask residents to apply to participate, accessing a charging infrastructure to be installed in and around the borough from early 2010. Properties will be provided with domestic charging points.
The five vehicles will come from a fleet of Ford Focus BEV prototypes being produced for a consortium that includes Ford, Scottish and Southern Energy and Strathclyde University, as well as the London borough.
This new BEV demonstration fleet is being developed partly with public funding from the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board (TSB), which promotes innovative industry-led projects that reduce CO2 while benefiting the country’s transport system.
The Ford Focus BEV
The Ford Focus BEV prototype is based on the current European Ford Focus and will use a new all-electric powertrain from supplier Magna.
The Ford Focus prototypes feature a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery pack with the capacity of 23kWh and a chassis-mounted 100kW permanent-magnet electric traction motor. It will have a range of up to 75 miles and a top speed of up to 85 mph. Charging the batteries will take between six and eight hours, using a household 230-volt electricity supply.
To learn more aobut the Ford BEV, please see the fact sheet below.
In the U.S., you can watch a different version of the Ford Focus BEV on “The Jay Leno Show.” The electric car appears in segments called “Green Car Challenge” during the first season of the show. Click here for more details on the show and on the car used for the show.