Breaking News : Ford Focus BEV trials in the UK from early 2010.



Ford will begin testing of a battery-powered Ford Focus fleet in the UK from early 2010.
The Focus-based electric car that Ford is developing with Magna for a 2011 introduction is not the only EV program in the company. Early next year, Ford will start testing a fleet of battery-powered Focuses in the UK with funding from a British government program. The Technology Strategy Board announced a total of £25 million for eight projects, including the Ford EV test (we'll have details on the others up soon). Unlike the production-intent program in the U.S., Ford is collaborating with its partner for the Transit Connect EV, Smith Electric vehicles. The battery Focuses will be used by staff from Scottish and Southern Energy in Hillingdon, Middlesex, a utility which is partnering with Smith and Ford on the program
This set-up targets a range of up to 100 miles and a top speed of 80mph. The Tourneo can be plugged directly into a standard mains socket, and a full battery charge takes six to eight hours.
The Ford Focus BEVs are being developed at Ford's UK research and development centre at Dunton in Essex, which currently develops powertrains for all Ford vehicles in Europe.

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