LAS VEGAS: Ford unveiled its first strictly electric car on Friday, a Focus which is expected to get up to 160km on a single charge and will be available in North America late this year.
Mr Alan Mulally, chief executive of the number two US automaker, introduced the four-door passenger car at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Mr Mulally declined to detail the hatchback's total range or how much it would cost, but a Ford spokesman said the Focus Electric's mileage on a single charge would be 'competitive' with similar electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf.
The Nissan Leaf has a range of up to 160km before needing to be hooked up to a power outlet.
Ford said the lithium-ion battery in the Focus, which has a top speed of 136kmh can be fully charged at a home 240V charging station in three to four hours, half the time of the Leaf.
Mr Mulally acknowledged the need for regular charges would be seen as a drawback by some customers.