Known as EV or electric vehicle it is powered by rechargeable batteries that can simply be recharged at home using the electricity that powers our refrigerator and television.
Electric cars are not new and have been produced even as early as the 19th century. It was not widely accepted by consumers and car manufactures have not yet fully committed themselves to produce EV cars because of its limitation like limited range and the time it will take to recharge the batteries which are very important in a fast paced society.
It is the main reason why production of EV cars was pushed down the shelves when mass production of cheaper gasoline run cars hit the market. Only when the energy crises came in the 1970's and 80's that people became interested in electric cars again. And now in the 2000's with an attempt to curb the greenhouse gas emissions and the increase in oil prices electric cars are revived again to stay and flourish this time.
Car manufactures and the government have have committed themselves in creating a green environment and therefore have invested on battery technology, specifically how to increase energy storage and shortening charging time. With this, not too long from now a new generation of electric cars and poised to be launched.
Ford dealerships offer the first all electric car offering of Ford motors - Focus. It is expected to travel up to 160 km on a single charge. Ford motors have jumped in the wagon of investing on battery cars a move to alleviate and stop the greenhouse effect because of heavy emissions from gasoline fueled cars.
Okanagan Ford dealers echoed what Ford's CEO Alan Mulally that Ford is more than a car industry but a technology company as well. Ford Focus will be have its debut in North America in late 2011 and hopefully will be widely available worldwide.
It is designed to cover and suit the driving range and habits of Northern Americans. The Focus, as proudly claimed by Ford dealerships is even better than the Chevy Volt and very competitive with other electric cars. A full 240-volt recharge at home will only take about three to four hours.
Ford's all electric car - Focus has a wide range of interesting features: touch screen, value charging, and smart phone application that makes car owner control the car remotely. Its battery is made from advanced litium-ion battery system in cooperation with LG Chem. This type of battery uses cooled and heated liquid to maximize and lengthen battery life.
As with all electric cars, buyers of Fords electric car from Ford dealerships in America will avail of a $7500 federal tax credit, a large amount that will be deducted from the cost of the car.
It is projected that by 2020 electric cars and hybrids will make up about 9% of the total auto sales and 22 percent by 2030. This is according to a recent report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.