The Promise Due out in 2011, Ford’s electric Focus hides 23 kilowatt-hours’ worth of batteries in the trunk and under the seats. It charges in six hours from a 220-volt outlet (12 hours from 110 volts) and drives up to 100 miles per charge.
Status The greatest compliment you can pay an electric car is to say it’s indistinguishable from the gas version, and that’s what early drivers of the electric Focus prototype have reported so far.
Will it Happen? As the only solvent Detroit carmaker, and as the creator of seriously fuel-efficient new cars like the 2010 Fusion Hybrid, Ford’s electric program seems particularly credible.single page
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.