Ford’s Focus electric vehicle, set to launch in coming weeks in select markets, is entering an automotive landscape where public perception of EVs has been impacted by the recent fires involving the Chevrolet Volt extended-range EV. Both the Volt and Focus EV are powered by lithium-ion batteries, although the Volt also utilizes an internal-combustion engine for increased range. Both also have liquid-cooled battery packs, which some have speculated led to the Volt fires. “We ...

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