Ford announced today that the all-new 2012 Focus Electric online configurator is available and customers who want to can order their car at a Certified Electric Vehicle (EV) dealer. The 2012 Focus Electric will be priced from $39,200, plus the $795 destination charge. This means that the car will carry a price of $39,995. Taking on consideration the federal tax credit of $7,500, the price drops to $32,495.
For those who don’t know, the Nissan Leaf is priced at $35,200 plus the $850 destination charge. Regarding the 2012 Focus, there are few options such as a special Blue Candy color priced at $395, a White Platinum color priced at $495, and leather seats for $995.
The 2012 Ford Focus EV is powered by a permanent-magnet electric motor delivering 123 hp and 181 pound-feet of torque. Moreover, the EV carries a 23 kW lithium-ion battery system and uses a single-speed transmission. Regarding the charging, the Focus EV needs almost 20 hours for a full charge using a typical 120v outlet, or just 3-4 hours using a special 240v charger.
Focus Electric comes standard with: MyFord Touch with 8-inch touchscreen; two driver-configurable 4.2-inch color LCD displays in cluster for unique EV driving screens; MyFord Mobile App (for remotely monitoring and scheduling battery charging with owners’ smartphone as well as remote start); HID Headlamps; 17-inch aluminum wheels, ambient lighting, seats made from 100-percent recycled material; Rear Camera with Rear Parking Sensor; Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start; MyKey; voice-activated Navigation System; Particulate Air Filter; hands-free SYNC Bluetooth telephone connectivity with Traffic, Direction and Information Services; electronic traction control; Sony-Branded audio with nine speakers; SIRIUS Satellite Radio and HD Radio.
Ford’s complete line of full- hybrid cars is expected to come to Europe and America by 2013. In accordance to this, Ford Motors recently introduced the new Ford Focus Electric. This is actually the first time for Ford to venture into an all-passenger electric vehicle. Let’s see what they have to offer.
New Ford Focus Electric will come out by the end of 2011. Ford Motor Company has especially designed the electric vehicle with American consumers in mind. Thus, the new hybrid is expected to be better than any of the existing battery-powered vehicles including the very popular Chevrolet Volt.
In fact, if we compare Ford Focus with Nissan Leaf’s charging time, Ford’s electric passenger car has the distinct advantage. Using a 240V charging dock at home, the usual 3-4 hours charging will only take 1-2 hours on a Ford Focus. The new hybrid vehicle will also be equipped with MyFord Touch connectivity system technology, which works with Microsoft’s MyFord mobile app.
Ford Focus’ diesel and gasoline variants debuted in North American International Autoshow in 2010. In September of the same year, the Paris Motor Show was also the venue for the launching of Ford’s stylish 5-door hatchback model. Both fuel and electric versions will be manufactured in Wayne, Michigan. This manufacturing facility is the brand’s largest and it has been fully equipped with solar energy generating systems.
The fuel-free and zero emission compact car represents Ford’s commitment to its customers. Derrick Kuzak is aware of the importance of gasoline-free and fully efficient vehicles to today’s consumer lifestyle. The VP for Global Product Development also suggests that the new powertrain will provide significant amount of energy efficiency. He also highlights the benefits of emission free driving without affecting the quality of performance. Ford also added a whole lot of useful information regarding energy usage and transport cost efficiency.
Ford Focus Electric is counted among the five vehicles listed under Ford Motor Corporation’s Electrification Strategy. The first batch of the Transit Connect Electric has been delivered in North America during the last quarter of 2010. Meanwhile, the new electric Ford Focus will be launched in Europe later this year.