Virginia’s Lt. Governor Bill Bolling took the Ford Focus all-electric pace car out for a drive before its big debut at the Capital City 400 this weekend. At Richmond International Raceway, the Focus EV is set to become the first fully electric pace car in NASCAR.
Two Ford electric pace cars were unveiled today at the Virginia State Capitol to kick of this weekend’s race, with company including NASCAR’s managing director of Green Innovation, Mike Lynch. “The arrival of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric pace car is a strong example of how the innovation cycle around green transportation is accelerating,” Lynch said during the pace cars’ reveal.
Ford has certainly helped accelerate that process, not only with the Ford Focus EV pace car, but first with the Ford Fusion Hybrid pace car. The Fusion hybrid marked the first time a hybrid served as a NASCAR pace car at the Ford 400 in 2008 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The Ford Focus EV can recharge in about half the time as the Leaf (3 to 4 hours for the Ford), and has EPA-rated figures of 110/99 city/highway gas-equivalent mpg (mpge) over the Leaf’s 106/92. As soon as Ford determines how to make the Focus EV sound as pleasing as a Mustang GT, the automaker might really capture our attention.