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Ford Says Focus Electric Requires Half the Charging Time of Nissan Leaf

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On: Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 5:27PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

 Ford Says Focus Electric Requires Half the Charging Time of Nissan Leaf

Ford’s new 2012 Focus Electric will require only half the time to charge its all-electric power source than the Nissan Leaf electric sedan, while being able to travel the same distance as its Japanese rival. The Focus EV will require only 3 to 4 hours to fully charge its battery on a 240 volt home electric outlet charging station, according to director of Ford’s electrification division, Sherif Marakby. The charging station will reportedly cost between $500 to $700, less than Nissan Leaf’s upgraded electrical station. It takes 7 hours to charge the Nissan Leaf when plugging into a 220 or 240 volt charging station.

Just like Nissan’s Leaf, the Focus Electric will rely 100% on an electrically charged battery for power to propel the vehicle a range of 100 miles on a full charge. The Leaf had initially claimed that its range was 100 miles as well, but later the EPA changed its rating to only 73 miles.

Best Buy’s “Geek Squad” is the vendor chosen by Ford to install the charging stations. Leviton Manufacturing Inc. of Melville, N.Y., will make the charging stations.

Nissan spokesperson David Reuter fired back at Ford’s boasts of quicker charge times by stating: "We predict that 80 percent of vehicle charging will happen at home overnight. Whether their electric car finishes charging at 2 a.m. or 6 a.m. will be irrelevant."

Reuter also stated: “Nissan picked a 3.3-kilowatt charger for the Leaf because it was the best fit from a packaging and value standpoint.”

"However, as the electric vehicle market matures, we recognize customers may want quicker charging solutions—which is why we currently offer the option of DC Fast Charge, which charges the Leaf to 80 percent capacity in under a half hour, and why we intend to continue exploring faster home charging options," he said.

As far as the Ford Focus EV’s fuel economy, it is said to beat Chevy Volt’s 93 mpg when running on electric power. The Volt realizes about 40 miles on its battery power, then uses a gasoline engine to recharge the battery. When the gasoline engine is operating, the Volt is rated at only 37 mpg, with a combined electric-gasoline rating of 60 mpg.

Ford plans to launch the Focus EV initially in 19 major U.S. metro markets starting in late 2011.

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Gay | 1:22PM (Tue, Jan 11, 2011)

Wonder what the electricity cost of "charging"' your car is? There has to be a station installed in the home I would say, and how much is that? Are the costs of owning an electric car affordable?


gene smith | 3:51PM (Tue, Jan 18, 2011)

why cant they utilize 110 electrical charging .

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