2010 may be the year of the Chevy Volt, but 2011 will be the year of the electric car. The Nissan Leaf has garnered a lion’s share of the attention so far, but Ford is planning to launch its electric Focus next year in 19 markets.
Ford has been playing its cards close to its chest when it comes to electric vehicles, and they have been less-than-optimistic about the future of pure electric cars. That said, they are still throwing their hat into the ring with an electric Focus. Just as GM and Nissan are launching their next-generation vehicles, the Volt and Leaf, in select markets, Ford will do the same.
The Ford Focus electric will go on sale late next year in the following markets; Atlanta; Houston and Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Los Angeles; San Francisco; San Diego; New York; Orlando; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; Seattle; and Washington.
That is a pretty even spread, north, south, east and west, and it is nice to see Ford isn’t favoring warm climates where electric vehicles would perform better, though they did choose these markets because of hybrid vehicle buying trends.
Ford hopes the electric Focus will have a range of at least 100 miles on battery power alone, which should be followed by a battery-electric Transit Connect work van. Ford has even launched a website with information on electric vehicles. No word on cost, but if Ford wants to compete, they’ll have to price the electric Focus in the $25,000 to $35,000 range.
Source: Automotive News
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