Ford announced today that 67 dealerships will be able to sell the brand new Focus Electric and all of them are located in New York, New Jersey and California. Sales will begin this month, while by the end of the year the Focus Electric will be available nationwide. For those folks who don’t know, the Ford Focus Electric was certified by EPA at the equivalent of 110 mpg in city driving.
The Focus Electric has a total range of 76 miles. In order to promote the Focus Electric, that is build at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., the American manufacturer teamed up with Yahoo!, the online media company. Ford said that it will launch a digital reality-show competition to promote the Focus Electric.
The program features two-person teams competing in challenges. As expected, the dealerships that will be able to sell the Focus Electric had to meet Ford requirements such as: at least two charging stations - one available for customer use and the other in the service department; dealers need to have one Focus Electric available at all times for demonstration purposes; dealers must have windows signs and materials to display point-of-purschase; dealers must participate in a Ford Go Green Dealer Onsite Facility Assessment in order to be able to cut operating expenses and reduce their carbon footprint.
Ford Focus Electric’s design is not only for amazing energy efficiency and dependable use, but also for true driving pleasure. The all-electric powertrain and one-speed transmission provide instant response and clean speed increase when the driver accelerates, for a 84 mph (136 kph) top speed.
Much of Ford Focus Electric's steering, handling and braking feel is shared with the agile, sporty, fuel-powered Focus models upon which it's based, making Focus Electric a dynamic driver's car. At the same time, the absence of a gasoline or diesel engine and outstanding aerodynamics lead to a remarkably quiet, comfortable in-car experience.
Ford Focus Electric comes with a range of standard safety features, such as six airbags, electronic traction control, hands-free SYNC telephone connectivity, and MyKey for North America. Many eco-friendly materials like bio-foam seat cushions and recycled fabrics also feature.
Other North American Ford Focus Electric standard features are a singular version of MyFord Touch driver connect, a 60/40 split rear bench seat, 17-inch 15-spoke aluminium wheels, a push button start, Sirius Satellite Radio with Travel Link, HD Radio, AM/FM/CD/MP3 Sony Audio with nine speakers, and a voice-activated Navigation System.
Plug and play
Ford Focus Electric owners most likely will recharge its advance Ford-engineered lithium-ion battery pack at home every day, using the suggested 240-volt wall-mounted charge station (sold separately) or the 120-volt convenience cord (standard).
Plugged in, the Focus Electric’s on-board charger converts externally sourced AC to DC power to charge the liquid-cooled/heated battery pack.