Ford Motors unveils fully-electric Focus Electric, plug-in hybrid

Ford Motors today showcased its recently unveiled Ford Focus Electric, Ford's first fully-electric model, at the North  American International Auto Show

It also unveiled its C-MAX Energi and C-MAX Hybrids at the 2011 at the show.

Ford Focus Electric passenger car, a competitor to the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt, will launch in North America in late 2011 and Europe in 2012, the company said, before a likely global launch.

Showcasing the fuel-free, all-electric rechargeable model at the Consumer Electronics Show on Friday, Ford said that the Focus Electric takes only three to four hours for a complete recharge on a 240-volt charge station, which is half the time required by the Nissan Leaf.

The car is said to have a range comparable to competitors, which puts it around 100 miles, and can achieve a top speed of 84 mph (136 kph).

It is powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery system engineered by Ford in co-operation with supplier LG Chem, which utilises heated and cooled liquid to help maximise battery life and fuel-free driving range.