Ford Focus Electric Gets Powered Up

The Ford Focus Electric is powering up of its U.S. introduction. The supplier for one of the primary components in this electric vehicle was announced: Compact Power, Inc. (CPI), a subsidiary of LG Chem, will build the lithium-ion battery packs.

The Focus Electric battery packs will leverage CPI and parent company LG Chem’s deep expertise in advanced flat format lithium-ion cells and advanced liquid-cooled modules and battery management systems.

“CPI is an emerging leader in the lithium-ion battery field and we are pleased to have them as a strategic supplier as we prepare to bring the Ford Focus Electric to market,” said Sherif Marakby, Ford Director of Sustainable Mobility Products and Hybrid programs. “We are moving aggressively with our electrification strategy and our work to help make Michigan a center of excellence for a range of electrified vehicles.”

CPI, based in Troy, Mich., will begin battery pack assembly for the Ford Focus Electric in 2011 and is finalizing its U.S. production site. The lithium-ion cells for the packs will initially be sourced from Korea through LG Chem.

The cells will incorporate LG Chem’s proprietary chemistry and its industry-leading safety-reinforced-separator technology that provides unparalleled safety performance.

Focus Electric will have a targeted range of up to 100 miles per full charge with zero tailpipe emissions. It is one of five electrified vehicles Ford is bringing to market in the U.S. in the next two years. These include:

  • Transit Connect Electric
  • A small commercial van in 2010
  • Focus Electric in 2011
  • Two new lithium-ion battery-powered hybrids
  • A plug-in hybrid in 2012

Focus Electric, a full battery electric passenger car, will be produced at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich.

This complements the overall Ford strategy to establish a center of excellence in Michigan for electrification of a broad range of vehicles, including lithium-ion battery-powered hybrids, plug-ins and pure electric vehicles. You can read more about the Ford center of excellence by clicking here. Ford is committed to delivering electrified vehicles as part of its overall vehicle portfolio designed to deliver both the fuel efficiency and the performance customers demand.

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Sean Well it'll be nice to see Ford to finally release an electric car sometime in 2011 that will be sweet and I do very much hope that the American car companies will truly be what they were once in the past decades when it comes to great cars as in quality plus bringing better fuel efficiency or best of all no emissions at all and I do hope my mom and dad will be driving a plug-in hybrid or an electric car in the future once they look at these vehicles in the future they'll find out how much money they can save compare to a conventional gas car and no I'm not a kid I'm a young adult just saying. One more thing Ford bring it on let the electric revolution begin!
4 year(s) ago via
Stan where can a person go for training to work on electric Fords? I live in Georgia and would like to be one of the first to work on a new field automotive service.
4 year(s) ago via
Nolan Tressler this is awesome!!!
4 year(s) ago via
samuel silverman When will the ecectric fiesta be available, and when can cistomers put down a deposit to get one? The dealerships have no information. Thank you.
4 year(s) ago via
Dave The Nissan Leaf should run about $35K. A Versa costs 11-15k. You can buy a LOT of gas for $20,000! I hope the electric Focus costs (eventually- after all the "new" dies down- much like any new electronic device) about 15K. And why not? There's no emission control, transmission, bulky internal-combustion engine or messy fluids. I hope Ford takes the lead and gives us an AFFORDABLE electric vehicle.
4 year(s) ago via
EGM 60 mph requires ~ 12 kW (16 hp) to sustain the battery. Sun = 1 kw/sq.m, at 20% eff. 60 sq.m (640 sq.ft) required. You'd need a flat deck trailer 8 ft x 80 ft. Current panels are $2.50/Watt = $30,000. Have fun driving for "free".
4 year(s) ago via
L. Adams Add a solar panel to the electric Focus and I will buy one----be like driving for free.
4 year(s) ago via
Joe @ Thomas Arms Top Gear did a review of the Tesla Roadster sports car which is over $100,000 dollars. they found that when they drove it like a sports car (which it is) they couldn't get more then 55 miles per charge. The real next gen car will be hydrogen fuel cell powered.
4 year(s) ago via
Ana Watson Great News, It will be great relief for many car owners. Due to increasing rate of fuel many car owners pocket was badly effected. We all know ford is one of the best reputed brands all over the world this electric cars will be in good demand as it has ford brand name but ford has to provide many stations to keep the reputation of car good.
4 year(s) ago via
J Daniels I came across an interesting read the other day: p. 318 of the Iacocca autobiography, and hope it helps in our US automotive manufacturing sector. All proceeds from the book go to the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston (Bantam Books) And think it should be required reading: It’s like looking through a 1984 mirror and finding today, almost verbatim. Thanks for your time.
4 year(s) ago via
Andrew Evans Tesla costs 100k, The focus will cost 25-30k. The battery is 70% of the cost of the car, which is why is price is directly proportional to range in electric cars.. also ford is actually going to ship a bunch of these in comparison to tesla which I think has shipped less than 500 cars total over the past 10 years.
4 year(s) ago via
John Ilagan I have a hybrid Ford Fusion now and I absolutely love it. I plan to check out the electric plug in Focus when it comes out and would be willing to buy one as if it has anywhere near the quality and driving pleasure that my Hybrid Fusion has. Ford is producing winners all around from the new 411 hp Mustang GT, Flex, Fusion, Transit, F150, Taurus and the soon to arrive Fiesta and Focus. I'm glad that an American company is finally building cars that surpass its Japanese, European and American competitors in quality, styling, and peformance!! Go Ford Go!!
4 year(s) ago via
Thomas Arms I am amazed that, given the economy and what the oil companies so recently did to all car companies, American car companies don't want to lead the industry in the development of electric cars with a range of 300 miles per charge. Oh, I'm sorry, there is an American car company that already meets that criteria its name is Tesla. My bad. Doesn't it gall you as so called "leaders" in car making that you are so far behind? The Ford Focus electric car with a 100 mile range per charge is a joke comparatively and of no use to a commutor who travels 55 to 60 miles to and from work. I'll be impressed when you as a car maker leap frog the rest of the car makers (Nissan Leaf etc.) and make a car that will help all people and the environment at the same time. When you do this I will be a Ford owner for the rest of my life.
4 year(s) ago via
edvard Sounds like you all are going to be sourcing your cells from the same company GM is using for their upcoming Volt. The tests or these batteries has been extremely promising, with the "Mule" cars using these having been driven in every condition imaginable. The results have been better than expected. Thus I would imagine that this would be a sure-fire winner for the all-electric Focus.
4 year(s) ago via
John Arseneault This is just another instance where Ford will take a leadership position. I'm proud to have been associated with this brand for over 20 years and the leadership, innovation, and quality of the Ford product has never been better and is not rivalled by any other manufacturer in the world. Keep up the great work!
4 year(s) ago via
Juan B It seems more logical to reconfigure the transit connect to do the same job as a small commercial van.
4 year(s) ago via
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