Recently I hit the floor of the Ford Focus assembly plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford held a press event on Wednesday, December 15th for the Focus Electric, C-Max Energi and C-Max Hybrid four-door machines. As luck would have it, members of the press were invited to experience a behind the scenes taste of the new Focus Electric being tossed together.
We hit various stops on our way through the plant, honing in on the technology of the Focus Electric’s 23kWh dual lithium-ion batteries. However, got a chance to experience a conveyor belt-propelled drivetrain buffet, accordion wheel car and giant spiraling tire slide. One of my favorite parts of the tour was the dashing ensemble that I was required to wear, complete with safety glasses and a neon yellow safety vest.
The Ford Focus Electric is expected to achieve an approximate 100-mile range per charge and is able to replenish its battery in 3-4 hours. Ford said the company plans on assembling the C-Max Energi and C-Max hybrid alongside the Focus Electric in the Dearborn plants next year.
Check out our hands-on videos of the Ford Focus Electric and Ford C-Max Energi and C-Max Hybrids, but in the meantime, click the video above to watch a geeky Buffalo take you on a magical journey throughout the mad science laboratory of a new car.