Fords first full-scale electric production car, the Focus Electric was introduced for the 2012 model year. Based on the same platform as the gasoline version of the compact hatchback and a prototype battery-powered test car exhibited on Jay Lenos talk show, the Focus Electric is immediately differentiated by a unique slotted grille appearance and standard 17-inch aluminum wheels. Generating the equivalent of 143 horsepower, a 107-kilowatt AC permanent magnet electric traction motor is powered by energy is stored in a climate-controlled 23-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack. With an average EPA-rated efficiently of 105 MPGe, the Focus Electrics range on a single charge is appraised at 76 miles.
Four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system found standard on the 2012 Ford Focus Electric includes regenerative braking properties that recuperate energy allowing the vehicle to achieve better range in city driving conditions. Using a recommended 240-volt charging station, charging time for the lithium-ion battery is estimated at 3.6 hours. Standard features inside the 2012 Ford Focus Electric included MyFord Touch and a nine-speaker Sony audio system.
Systems of the Ford Focus can also be monitored from a MyFord Mobile smartphone app allowing a driver to remotely start or program characteristics such as cabin temperature or vehicle charging. Electric Priced higher than a premium-equipped gasoline Ford Focus, tax incentives were applied to mitigate the cost of the 2012 Focus Electric. For 2015, the Ford Focus Electrics front and rear design has been revamped while two USB ports enable smart charging of mobile devices.