Electric Ford Focus To Come With A Cord

In case you hadn’t heard, the Ford Focus has gone electric. The tailpipe emissions-free model of the car will be available in late 2011, and when it is, owners will be able charge up via an optional 240V home charging station or a 120V convenience cord, which will allow for charging just about anywhere else (provided you have the time).

Both types of these connectors will use the industry-standard five-point plug fitted with an “ergonomic Ford-branded handle specially designed for comfort and durable daily use.” Clearly, the American automaker has given some thought  to this whole issue of handle design, as it worked with its supplier partner Yazaki to develop the convenience cord, drawing inspiration from such diverse sources hockey sticks, curling irons and tennis racket handles.

Ford Charger

image via Ford

A full recharge via the optional 240V home charging station runs six to eight hours, while the 120V convenience cord (suitable for folding up and keeping handy, in that little electric car trunk) will deliver a full recharge in 12 hours. Once fully juiced, the Focus Electric is expected to deliver up to 100 miles of range.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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