2009 Ford Focus Electric Promotional Vehicle

Summary

Ford Motor Company built two of these vehicles to promote electric cars. Starting with a European Ford Focus, engineers replaced the stock drive train with an electric motor and batteries. The cars were driven by various celebrities appearing on comedian Jay Leno's television talk show. One car was donated to The Henry Ford, the other to the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Ford Motor Company built two of these vehicles to promote electric cars. Starting with a European Ford Focus, engineers replaced the stock drive train with an electric motor and batteries. The cars were driven by various celebrities appearing on comedian Jay Leno's television talk show. One car was donated to The Henry Ford, the other to the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

2009

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

2011.196.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Metal
Plastic (Organic material)
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)

Color

Orange (Color)
Blue
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 59 inches

Width: 70 inches

Length: 165 inches

Wheelbase: 104 inches

Weight: 3421 pounds  (Per Ford Motor Company press release, 09/18/2009)

Inscriptions

Painted on front doors: ELECTRIC FOCUS Painted on rear doors: Ford (logo) Chrome decal on front fenders: ST (in red) Center hubs: Ford Upper windshield in blue: Ford / ELECTRIC FOCUS In yellow on rear bumper: ELECTRIC FOCUS Rear window: Ford / DRIVE ONE Hood: Ford / blue plug Rear hatchback door: blue plug / Focus / Ford / ST

Specifications

Make & Model: Ford Focus electric promotional vehicle

Maker: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan

Base car: 2009 European-specification Ford Focus

Modifications: internal-combustion engine replaced by electric motor and batteries, suspension enhanced to improve handling

Green Car Challenge setup: roll bar and five-point racing-harness seatbelt, since removed

Height: 59 inches

Wheelbase: 104 inches

Width: 70 inches

Overall length: 165 inches

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