Ford Focus Electric to be first EV pace car for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond 400

The 2013 Ford Focus Electric car will become the first all-electric pace car to ever lead the field for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Richmond 400. The Focus Electric will perform all pace care duties at Richmond International Raceway on April 28 as long as it doesn’t run out of batteries.

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“Ford research shows the majority of Americans would consider buying an electrified vehicle but do not yet understand the different technologies,” said Mark Fields, president of The Americas. “Highlighting the Focus Electric as a pace car is a fun way to educate consumers about the kinds of benefits our electrified vehicles deliver and show people our commitment to provide Ford customers the power of choice for leading fuel economy in the vehicle that best meets their needs – from EcoBoost-powered gasoline vehicles and hybrids to plug-in hybrids and full electrics.”

Ford will show its Focus Electric pace car at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond on April 25.

Refresher: The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is powered by a 100-kilowatt electric-motor with a 23 kWh battery. Working together the system produces 123-hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Ford says that the Focus Electric can travel at a top speed of 84 mph and has a total range of up to 100 miles on a single charge. With the 240-volt home charging station, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric can reach full charge in 3 to 4 hours. On a standard 120-volt outlet, the Focus Electric will take up to 20 hours. The Focus Electric achieves a certified 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating and a 99 MPGe highway. Prices start at $39,200.

– By: Omar Rana