Ford showcases green technology in China

The Shanghai show in China was host to the new Ford Focus Electric, which is being billed as the first all-electric car from the Blue Oval.

Based on the popular hatchback of the same name, the Ford Focus Electric will use a lithium ion battery pack to power an electric motor. The result is a car capable of 84mph and with a maximum range of close to 100 miles.

However, Ford says its charging time will be significantly reduced compared to electric cars on the market today, by as much as four hours.

The Ford Focus Electric will go on sale in the UK as early as 2013, where it will compete with the Nissan Leaf in the family-size electric car sector.

The new Ford Focus has been joined at the Shanghai show by the Ford C-Max Energi, the first plug-in hybrid model in the Ford range.

The Ford C-Max Energi is capable of travelling on electric power alone, but also boasts a small petrol motor to extend the range of the car when needed.

The new Ford Fusion hybrid is also on show in China, alongside Ford’s more efficient petrol EcoBoost and diesel ECOnetic engines.

"The Shanghai Auto Show is a terrific platform to showcase Ford’s latest products and technologies to our dealers and wonderful customers, and this year we will unveil the types of energy-efficient vehicles and technologies that Ford has planned for the future," said Joe Hinrichs, president, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, and chairman and CEO, Ford China.

Henrichs also confirmed the new Ford Kuga would be built in China as part of the company’s product offensive that will see 15 new vehicles released in China by 2015.