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There's a Focus EV article in the October 4, 2011 issue of SAE's (Society of Automotive Engineers) Automotive Engineering magazine. There is an online version but you have to register on the website and I'm not sure what that entails. Here are some highlights from the dead tree edition:

"Ford charges up Focus EV for 2013
by Lindsay Brooke

With major engineering support from Magna, Ford's first battery-electric passenger car promises Leaf-blowing features including half the charge time as that claimed by Nissan using a 240-V SAE J1772 Class 2 charge source."

- Ford is launching five electrified vehicles in North America next year and in Europe by 2013, based on their Global C1 platform. The first was a van. Following the Focus EV will be two variants of the C-Max wagon.

- The Focus EV's permanent-magnet motor will be rated at 92 kW and 181 lb.ft (245 N.m). With 23 kW.h of total rated power available and a 3700 lb curb mass, Ford clams a top speed of 84 mph.

- The nickel-cobalt-manganese-based prismatic-type lithium cells use active liquid-cooled and -heated thermal management. This allows them to accept a charge faster from regenerative braking, giving longer range in cold weather conditions. There is also more power available when the battery is warmer.

- The Focus EV will offer energy efficiency superior to the Volt on a mile-per-gallon equivalent and "competitive" efficiency versus the Leaf.

- Recharging to a full state of charge will require approximately half the charge time of the Leaf.

- Microsoft's smart phone application MyFord Mobile lets you monitor and change charge settings, locate the car using GPS, remotely start it and lock/unlock the doors, among other features.

So, much of this info is just a repeat of what's in another thread, but there are more tech-geek-type details in the article, like supplier information, types of materials used, manufacturing processes, etc.

There's also an article in the same issue about the U.S. Dept. of Energy building a "Smart Grid" involving building infrastructure, developing new standards, and so on.
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