While Nissan and GM seem to be getting the majority of the electric vehicle attention recently with the Leaf and the Volt both slated to begin reaching consumers in only a couple of months, Ford is getting its own electric vehicle ready for rollout. The Focus Electric, which is due in early 2011, will be a Ford Focus with a battery electric system and roughly 100 mile range.
The Focus Electric may be seen as a more direct competitor to the Leaf, since both are solely electric vehicles. But, unlike Nissan, Ford's forthcoming Focus Electric uses a liquid system for both cooling and heating the lithium-ion battery pack. Thermal regulation of batteries is important for the performance, reliability, safety and durability of the system. The car's energy management will also activate the system when it is needed for battery charging. If the battery is not at the proper temerature to be charged, the thermal management system will bring the batteries to the correct temperature before beginning to charge them, helping to ensure a longer life for the battery system.
The Ford strategy is different from its competitors, with the company offering an electric drive option of the same vehicle that it offers with a conventional gas engine. The 2011 Focus Electric is a Ford Focus with electric drive, rather than a separate and unique model of car. This gives the company flexibility from a manufacturing standpoint, but it doesn't draw as much attention to the company because the electric model looks like the conventional vehicles. Would there be nearly as much buzz if the Nissan Leaf was instead an electric drive Altima?
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