The new Ford Focus will have its first ever battery-powered charging station installed in the UK, and is expected to be the most environmentally friendly electric car on the market.
The UK’s first battery-charging station in London is due to open in 2019, and will be used to charge up to three Ford Focus cars.
The installation will be an upgrade on a car already installed at a nearby petrol station.
The new Ford model is expected take the UK out of the Tesla Model S luxury sedan and into the Tesla Motors range, which has been designed to have the lowest carbon footprint of any electric vehicle.
Ford will install a charging station next to a petrol station on the outskirts of the city’s financial district, near the Tower of London.
The site, in an area known as the Canary Wharf, will house a solar charging system, which will allow the car to use the energy from the sun to charge its batteries.
A spokesman for Ford said: ‘Ford is a leader in the electric vehicle market, and has been using battery technology for many years to improve efficiency and reduce emissions.
The company will use this site to test and optimise its charging infrastructure in the Canary Islands and the UK to meet the needs of customers.’
Ford is one of the few car makers to have a fully electric and fully autonomous vehicle in the market, which is expected in the 2020s.
The company has been testing its cars in remote locations around the world.
In 2018, the company also unveiled its first electric vehicle: the Energi, which was able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in under two seconds.
The electric vehicle is expected by the end of the decade, but the UK government has said it is unlikely to be on sale before 2025.