The new Ford Focus Electric is expected to become the first electric vehicle to crack the 100MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) barrier (2.35 litres per 100km).
Two of its main rivals in the US, the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt (both of which are headed to Australia in 2012), come close, achieving 99MPGe (2.37L/100km) and 93MPGe (2.5L/100km), respectively.
Sherif Marakby, director of Ford's Electrification Programs and Engineering, said Ford is "pleased the Focus Electric will break the 100 MPGe mark", labelling it "a great symbol of how Ford has transformed its fleet with many vehicles delivering leading fuel economy and efficiency".
The new Focus Electric uses technology that allows it to be recharged in half the time (three hours) it takes to recharge the Nissan LEAF, using a conventional 240-volt power socket.
Additionally, the Ford Focus Electric features various advanced technologies, including one that assists battery longevity by using an active liquid cooling and warming system to keep the lithium-ion battery pack at an optimum temperature at all times.
An innovative remote control system allows the owner to connect to the Focus via the MyFord smartphone app. The user can check the status of the Focus's battery levels without being near the vehicle. A solar panel recharge system is also available.
Ford Australia is still investigating the Focus Electric for our market. We'll keep you updated on any progress.