Google Helps Drive Electric Ford Focus to Market

We’ve been following along with Ford’s answer to the Nissan Leaf for some time, and not just because we like butterflies.  The all-electric version of the Ford Focus is expected to be the first five-passenger electric vehicle that will exceed “100 MPGe” – a measurement that allows better comparison of electric and gas vehicles.

The Focus is supposed to charge in half the time that it takes a Nissan Leaf – an accomplishment that means more driving and less hassle for enthusiastic new electric car owners. Additionally, recycled and renewable materials coupled with clever partnerships with solar energy producers make the Focus a contender among the many new electric car offerings.

To add some buzz to the fun, the very first electric Focus on the market has been delivered to the Google-plex in Mountain View, California.  Exactly what Google plans to do with the car remains to be seen (some speculate it’ll become a street view car).  Regardless, it’s a welcome example of Google’s commitment to putting their money where their mouth is in terms of driving high-tech solutions to sustainability issues.

Ed Note: I’ll be checking in on Ford’s progress, along with that of many other automakers at the North American Auto show next week. Stay tuned for more, and get in touch if you have an ideas or questions.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.