DEARBORN, Mich., March 17, 2017 – In celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day and in line with Pantone’s 2017 Color of the
Year, Greenery, Ford introduces its new Outrageous Green Metallic tinted color for the 2018 Focus Electric.
For Ford’s color and materials design team, inspiration is everywhere. Thinking about the visual and tactile elements
that will help define future vehicles, Barb Whalen, Ford color and materials design manager, and her team tap into
everyday experiences to predict future trends to deliver a vibrant and diverse pallet for customers.
“Designers are encouraged to experience a feeling, bring it to the team, then collectively brainstorm ways to bring it to
life through a paint color or material for Ford vehicles,” says Whalen. “Outrageous Green Metallic is a unique shade,
symbolizing modern renewal and a reconnection with nature, then finished with a special tinted clear coat to give the
color depth and vibrancy.”
Challenged to think about the “why,” the Ford color and materials team works to answer why a particular color is
important, why now, and why this color as opposed to another. Many colors seen today were inspired from beautiful
places in nature, with trends often predicted two to three years into the future,
These trends can be influenced by everything from changing lifestyles, psychological and societal emotions, to
consumer hobbies and passionate interests. Unusual sports gear, ropes, anodized finishes, plastics gear and accent
fabrics provide inspiration for Ford vehicle exteriors and interiors. The social and political environment and conversations
about material ethics (biomaterials) also influence forecasting trends and help to predict the color and material choices Ford makes for tomorrow.
Ford has a legacy of “going green” with its paint colors, offering Highland Green, Squeeze Green, Ultimate Green, Gotta
Have It Green and now Outrageous Green Metallic.
The 2017 Ford Focus Electric has an EPA-estimated driving range of 115 miles, up from 76 miles on the 2016 model.
It has an EPA-estimated rating of 118 city/96 hwy/107 combined MPGe. Actual mileage will vary. MPGe is the EPA
equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.
Ford Focus Electric comes standard with all-new DC fast-charge, capable of delivering 75 miles of range in 30 minutes
when using a charger capable of delivering 150 amps. The 2017 Ford Focus Electric charge port is also capable of
charging on 120-volt and 240-volt.
The car’s battery has 33.5 kilowatt-hours of installed energy – an increase of more than 40 percent compared to 2016,
with no increase in the size of the battery.