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author photo by Autotrader March 2011

The Ford Focus Electric is on the verge of arrival – and with it comes the ultimate smart phone app to combat range anxiety. On Wednesday, Ford announced a partnership with AT&T to deliver the app, which helps to plan journeys, locate charging stations and more, signaling the Blue Oval's continued push to stay at the forefront of technological advances.

Connection to the Focus Electric, which will be available through Ford's new MyFordMobile smart phone app, uses the AT&T wireless network to give owners access to special features and up-to-the-minute vehicle information. One of the system's main benefits is combating "range anxiety," or the fear of running out of electrical charge, by locating charging stations and even anticipating the likelihood of having ample juice for a planned journey.

"With a wireless connection, we're putting battery charge and vehicle range information, along with an interactive, data-driven trip-planning app, directly at the fingertips of our customers," said Ed Pleet, product and business manager for Ford Connected Services. "The technology will keep drivers connected to vital information, enhancing their electric car experience."

But drivers can gather more than just information by using the app. MyFordMobile also includes several interactive features, allowing drivers to lock and unlock doors, download performance data, and even preemptively heat or cool the car through their smart phone. The app can also schedule charging based on off-peak energy hours and alert owners if charging has unexpectedly stopped due to a plug removal or power outage.

"Ford has been on the forefront of developing market-leading telematics and infotainment services for its vehicles and we're thrilled to be a part of this exciting and significant next step with the upcoming Focus Electric," said AT&T's president of emerging devices, resale, and partnerships.

Indeed, several cutting-edge technological advancements have recently come from Ford, including the mobile phone-paired Sync voice-controlled system and MyKey, which lets drivers program vehicle functions based on which key is used. But the automaker is slightly tardy in the electric car game, launching the Focus Electric well behind heavily publicized electric cars like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. Those vehicles, which debuted late last year, also have smart phone apps designed to combat range anxiety and provide owners with a wide range of data.

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