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Ford Announces Initial Markets for Focus Electric

New EV goes on sale in late 2011.

by on Nov.16, 2010

The Ford Focus Electric will be sold in limited markets starting in late 2012.

It hasn’t had the fanfare of Chevrolet’s vaunted Volt launch or Nissan’s own electric vehicle, but Ford is quietly getting ready to introduce its own electric car, an electric version of the new Focus compact.

Ford announced the pilot markets for its first zero-emissions vehicle. The first markets selected for Ford Focus Electric: Atlanta, Austin and Houston, Texas; Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Orlando, Fla., Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va., Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

The Focus Electric will have a range of about 100 miles, the same Nissan claims for its Leaf electric.



“As the country continues to build up its electric vehicle infrastructure and demand for the Focus Electric grows, Ford will continue to evaluate additional markets and consider making this vehicle available in more cities across the country,” said Mark Fields, Ford president for the Americas. (more…)

Ford: Liquid Cooling/Heating Is Key to Electric Vehicle Battery Thermal Management

Nissan Leaf will use passive air cooling, but other automakers apparently think that strategy won’t work.

by on Sep.02, 2010

Ford says its 2011 Focus Electric will use liquid for optimum thermal management of the battery.

Yet another automaker, this time Ford, has announced that it will use liquid heating/cooling to maintain optimum battery temperatures to maximize battery performance and longevity, leaving Nissan even further outside the battery technology mainstream.

Ford said that its 2011 Ford Focus Electric would use a sophisticated liquid system to keep the lithium-ion battery at optimal operating temperatures. Both the Chevrolet Volt and Tesla Motors use liquid to regulate battery temperature.


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Nissan is sticking to its plan to use passive air cooling to maintain optimum battery temperature, although cooling technology is downplayed on Nissan’s media Web site. While cheaper than liquid cooling, some critics, most notably Tesla Chairman Elon Musk, have called Nissan’s battery cooling system “primitive.”