US car giant Ford on Friday took wraps off its first mainstream electric vehicle, called the Ford Focus Electric, at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
The Ford Focus Electric, which is said to be able to run up to 136km/h on a single charge, will hit North American roads by the end of this year. The all-electric five door passenger car is the first in the series of five new electric Ford vehicles that will be delivered by 2013 in North America as well as Europe.
It is environment friendly vehicle as it is gasoline-free and emits zero-CO2. Using a wall-mounted 240-volt charge station, the Ford Focus can be fully charged in 3-4 hours.
Speaking at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas, Ford's chief executive Alan Mullaly said, "Just like the iPhone is more than a phone and the PlayStation is more than a gaming console, the Focus Electric is more than a car."
Mullaly said that the company had teamed up with Best Buy and its Geek Squad purchases and installation of charging stations. In addition the car manufacturer hit a deal with Microsoft to offer value charging to customers.
The Ford Focus Electric will have to compete with the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt, which were released in December last year.
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