The Ford Focus Electric is finally out in the open, and it is a beauty. One of the better features of the car is that its 23 kwh lithium-ion battery can be recharged in 3 to 4 hours, half the time is takes to recharge the LEAF.
The speed at which an electric car can be recharged is really just a function of two things, the voltage and the amperage of the charger. The greater both of these values, the faster the recharge times.
Electric car makers are cautious about how quickly they let their EVs recharge. Though lithium-ion batteries can handle quick charges, it may shorten their lifetime.
The Nissan LEAF has a 3.3 kw 240-v charger which takes about 8 hours to recharge the battery, The Ford Focus Electric will use a 6.6 kw, 32-amp 240-v charger allowing recharge in half the time.
Now the really cool part if Ford is going to sell those chargers right at your one of 1300 neighborhood big box Best Buys.
You can pick out your charger there and arrange for Geek Squad technicians to come out and install it in your garage. They will first check out your home wiring to make sure it can support the system.
The charger will retail for $1499 not including installation.
“With fast charge times, low pricing and a user-friendly design, the 240-volt home charge station will be on the shopping list of most Focus Electric buyers,” said Mike Tinskey, manager of vehicle electrification and infrastructure, Ford Motor Company. “By working with Best Buy to offer the charging station installation service solution, Ford is providing electric vehicle customers in the U.S. with a familiar, trusted source to turn to for their installation needs.”