Featured Articles

Ford Announces Launch Markets For Focus Electric

Posted in Car Buying, Commuter Cars, Electric Cars, Ford, New Cars, Newsworthy by Kurt Ernst | November 16th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |
2012 Ford Focus Sedan

The 2012 Ford Focus sedan. Photo: Ford Motor Company

A few weeks back I commented on Ford’s multi-layered strategy towards fuel efficient vehicle development. Unlike automakers who are concentrating their efforts on hybrids or EVs alone, Ford is working on hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles and small displacement turbocharged vehicles to meet looming CAFE standards. As part of this three-pronged approach, Ford has announced the launch markets for the upcoming Focus Electric, the automaker’s first all-electric passenger car.

Based on extensive market research into commuting patterns and hybrid automobile populations, Ford has chosen the following cities to launch the Focus Electric:

– Atlanta, GA
– Austin and Houston, TX
– Boston, MA
– Chicago, IL
– Denver, CO
– Detroit, MI
– Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, CA
– New York City, NY
– Orlando, FL
– Phoenix and Tucson, AZ
– Portland, OR
– Raleigh-Durham, NC
– Richmond, VA
– Seattle, WA
– Washington, D.C.

The cities were also chosen because of infrastructure and support from local electric companies and local governments. The Focus Electric will be rolled out to more cities as electric vehicle infrastructure matures, and as demand for EVs continues to grow.

Featuring a 23 kwh lithium ion battery pack, the Focus Electric will be capable of up a 100 mile range between charges. Like the Chevy Volt extended range EV, the Focus Electric will utilize liquid cooling to maintain temperature of the lithium ion battery cells; unlike the Volt, the Focus Electric will not have a range extending gasoline powered generator. Focus Electric models will be built on the same assembly line turning out gasoline powered Focus models, which will allow Ford to ramp up production of the Focus Electric if demand increases.

The Focus Electric joins the Transit Connect Electric in Ford’s EV lineup. Sales of the Focus Electric will begin in late 2011, and pricing has not yet been set. We’ll give you more details and a driving impression as soon as we have a chance to get behind the wheel of one.

Our Best Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *