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2012 Ford Focus Electric Deliveries Have Begun

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On: Thu, May 24, 2012 at 2:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

2012 Ford Focus Electric Deliveries Have Begun

Ford was rather vague in terms of delivery dates for the Focus Electric when it announced details a few weeks ago, but the automaker has officially begun shipping Focus Electrics to dealerships, according to news reports. Ford's first electric vehicle will be tearing up roadways - 100 miles at a time - in just a few more days.

Reuters reports that Ford began shipping Focus electric models about a week and a half ago. The EV is set to make it to around 70 dealerships in California, New Jersey and New York over the coming weeks. Each dealership will get about half a dozen cars.

Ford has tempered expectations for the Focus Electric. While GM and Nissan both aimed to sell around 10,000 units of the Volt and Leaf in their first year, Ford has said that it won't be disappointed if it sells fewer than 5,000 units. It anticipates that hybrids and electrics will make up an increasing percentage of its fleet over the next decade.

The Focus Electric retails for just under $40,000 before any tax incentives enter the picture. It packs a 143-hp electric motor and 23 kWh battery pack that combine to give drivers up to 100 miles of range per charge. Ford's optional 240-volt charger fills the battery up in about four hours. The EPA rates the Focus Electric at 110 mpg-e city, making it one of the most fuel efficient vehicles (and the most fuel efficient compact) on the road.

Ford will expand Focus Electric availability this summer and will get it available nationwide by the end of the year.


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