A brand new Ford Focus Electric has been confirmed as part of a $4.5 billion (around £2.9bn) investment in electrification from Ford.
The new Focus Electric will enter production late next year and is expected to go on sale in the UK late in 2016. It will feature a new DC fast-charging function, which Ford says is capable of delvering an 80% charge in 30 minutes, providing 100 miles of range. The current US-market Focus Electric can manage the same charge in around 2.5 hours.
Ford says the Focus Electric will come with a configurable digital instrument cluster, allowing the driver to "see real-time electric vehicle power usage to help maximise vehicle efficiency", as well as a 'braking coach' function to help drivers apply smooth braking. The Blue Oval also promises the new car will have a "fun-to-drive character, with agile steering and handling engineered into the vehicle to give drivers a more connected feel to the road".
The current Focus Electric features a 143bhp electric motor which allows it to reach 62mph in 11.7sec. It has a top speed of 85mph.