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PHOTO CAPTION: Audi A1 e-Tron was one of trio of electric vehicles exhibited at 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.

Audi, Ford, GM Electric Vehicles 'Charge Up' Consumer Electronics Show

Auto manufacturers have begun the invasion of the annual Consumer Electronics Show as their electric vehicles boost innovative computer and communications technology.

Published: 09-Jan-2011

Auto manufacturers have begun an invasion of the Consumer Electronics Show that will only grow in magnitude and significance in future years.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally showed off the Ford Focus EV during his keynote presentation. The sedan will be differentiated from the competing Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt by having double the charge rate (6.6 kilowatts). Ford's Nancy Gioia said a fully depleted battery can be recharged in 3-4 hours. Ford will begin manufacturing the vehicle at the end of this year, and will roll it out to 19 target cities during 2012. The all-electric vehicle will have an estimated driving range of 80-100 miles.

Ford will offer a home charging unit for $499 through Best Buy, which makes it the least expensive charger on the market. Ford has customized the EV charger that was co-developed by Leviton and Coulomb Technologies to accept power at up to 32 amps.

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