Ford's electric car to pace NASCAR

Focus Electric will debut April 28 at Richmond

Published: 5:57 PM EDT Apr 17, 2012   Updated: 6:14 PM EDT Apr 17, 2012
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.