Ford recently announced some details concerning the Focus Electric, the all-electric version of the popular compact car. The Focus Electric will list for $40,000 and will be initially offered for sale in three states by the end of the year.
Three states to get electric Focus by Christmas
Ford Motor Company announced some time ago that it would be bringing an electric version of the uber-popular Ford Focus to market, despite already producing several hybrids. Ford, according to CNN, has finally started releasing some details on the electric Ford Focus, including that the car is going to be available for sale by the end of the year.
However, the Focus Electric will only be available in California, New Jersey and New York. The car will slowly be released in 15 more states throughout 2012. The list price for the electric Focus is $39,995, according to USA Today. The car is eligible for the $7,500 green vehicle credit.
Though it is more expensive than some of its competition, such as the $35,200 Nissan Leaf and $29,125 Mitsubishi i, which debuts next year, the Focus Electric comes fully loaded. An eight-inch touchscreen console comes standard in the dashboard console, along with parking sensors, a rear-mounted camera and a mobile phone application for smartphone users to monitor charging remotely, according to CNN.
The car also, according to USA Today, comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker Sony stereo system, satellite navigation and the MyFord Touch system. The seat covers are made from recycled “post-industrial” materials, but leather seats can be added for an additional $995.
Charges in three hours
The Focus Electric should be able to fully charge in three hours. Figures aren’t available yet regarding the range of the Focus EV, but the car is assumed to be able to go about 80 miles or so, according to USA Today. Unlike the Leaf, a fast-charging direct current adapter is not available.
The Focus EV comes with a 100-kilowatt electric motor capable of generating about 123 horsepower. The top speed is 84 miles per hour. The lithium-ion battery pack is also liquid-cooled and heated, so hot or cold weather should affect the car less dramatically than other electric vehicles, which lose charge more quickly in extreme temperatures.
More electric cars from Ford
Ford, according to its website, is also rolling out a plug-in hybrid in fall of 2012, the C-MAX Energi. The C-MAX series will consist of two vehicles, the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi. The C-MAX Hybrid will be a traditional hybrid and the Energi will be a plug-in hybrid. The C-MAX line are compact multi-purpose vehicles, roughly the size of the Focus but with a bit more interior space.