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Ford's electric car wants to be first to hit 100m per gallon

US automaker announces production of the 2012 Focus Electric at its Michigan assembly plant

Ford's electric car wants to be first to hit 100m per gallon
The Focus Electric will be 'the first all-electric vehicle to achieve a 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) fuel efficiency rating, with seating for five,' Ford said (Getty Images)
Ford's electric car wants to be first to hit 100m per gallon
The Ford Focus Electric will be powered exclusively by a new lithium-ion battery system (Getty Images)
Ford's electric car wants to be first to hit 100m per gallon
The Focus Electric aims to be the first offer an mpg equivalent competitive with other electric vehicles on the marke (Getty Images)
Ford's electric car wants to be first to hit 100m per gallon
A Ford Focus goes through quality inspection on the assembly line at Ford's Michigan assembly plant (Getty Images)
Ford's electric car wants to be first to hit 100m per gallon
Single-speed transmission will be built specifically to handle the high rpm range that comes with an all-electric motor (Getty Images)
Ford's electric car wants to be first to hit 100m per gallon
To charge the high-voltage, lithium-ion batteries of the Focus Electric more quickly, customer can have an optional 240-volt charging station installed (Getty Images)
Ford's electric car wants to be first to hit 100m per gallon
'Earth-friendly cloth seat fabric in Focus Electric is made from 100% recycled materials,' Ford says on it website (Getty Images)
Ford's electric car wants to be first to hit 100m per gallon
By cutting out gasoline altogether, Ford may be the first production car to break the 100 miles per gallon mark, for a five-seater (Getty Images)