Dec 16, 2011
Chris Weiss

Ford Begins Production On The 100 MPG-E 2012 Focus Electric

Around this time last year, Chevy launched the Volt range-extending hybrid and Nissan launched the Leaf electric. Those respective launches marked the beginning of a new chapter in automotive history: the mass-produced EV chapter (okay, the Volt isn’t an EV, but it does derive its drive power from a motor).

This year, the EV chapter is getting a few new characters. The newest is the Focus Electric, which Ford began production on Wednesday.

Ford announced that its Michigan Assembly Plant, the automaker’s home base for green technology, began working on the Focus Electric on Wednesday. Though it will be the first Ford EV for average consumers, the Focus Electric is actually the second EV that Ford has launched in the past year. Last December, it launched the Transit Connect Electric, a commercial people mover.

The Focus Electric promises a few advantages over competitors. Ford claims that the car will be the first EV to break the 100 mpg-e mark (the Nissan Leaf is rated at 99 mpg-e). The EPA has yet to issue official ratings for the Focus Electric, but will have them done before the car hits the market. Ford lists the Focus Electric’s top speed at 84 mph.

The Focus will also have an optional 240-volt charging system that promises charging times just over three hours, about half the charging time of the Nissan Leaf. An EV-specific version of the MyFord Touch infotainment system will also be offered on the car, and a new MyFord Mobile app will let owners control their Focus Electric with their smartphone.

The Focus Electric will first be available in California and NY/NJ, with availability spreading to 15 other launch markets throughout 2012. Ford stated earlier this fall that the base price will be $39,995, the same price as the 2012 Chevy Volt.

In addition to the Focus Electric, 2012 will welcome the launch of other mainstream EVs, including the Nissan i-Miev. The i-Miev will be the first car to bring the price of EVs below the $30,000 mark, with a starting price of $29,125.

Source : Ford

1 Comment

  • Cant wait to see this new car in dealerships, seems to be a great car especially with getting over 100 mpg.

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