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Ford's electric car to pace NASCAR

Published On: Apr 17 2012 04:57:34 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 17 2012 05:14:43 PM CDT
Focus Electric

Ford Motor Co.

John Fleming, an executive vice president at Ford Motor Co., with the Ford Focus Electric.

Ford Motor Co. will become the first manufacturer in NASCAR history to supply an all-electric car as the pace car for a Sprint Cup event.

The new Focus Electric will make its debut April 28 at Richmond.

"Highlighting the Focus Electric as a pace car is a fun way to educate consumers about the kinds of benefits our electrified vehicles deliver and show people our commitment to provide Ford customers the power of choice for leading fuel economy in the vehicle that best meets their needs," Mark Fields, president of Ford's Americas division, said Monday.

The car will make its first public appearance at the Virginia state Capitol on April 25.

Ford was also the first to use a hybrid vehicle as pace car when the Fusion Hybrid led the field at Homestead in 2008.