California rebate brings total incentives to $10,000

Ford's upcoming Focus Electric may be a compact hatchback from a mainstream auto manufacturer, but it's priced more like an entry-level luxury sedan. The Focus Electric has a base MSRP of $39,995, which makes its a few thousand dollars more expensive than the smaller Nissan Leaf.
However, buyers in the U.S. can take advantage of a $7,500 federal tax credit to soften the blow. And now, Ford has announced that Californians that purchase a Focus Electric can take advantage of an additional $2,500 rebate under California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP) to bring total incentives to $10,000.

Ford Focus Electric [Source: Ford Motor Company]
The $2,500 rebate will no doubt come under scrutiny considering that California is facing an ongoing budget crisis. California State Controller John Chiang previously warned that the state could run out of cash by the end of this month.
“Californians have a legacy of embracing electric vehicles, and programs like the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program provide an excellent incentive for the continued wider adoption of electric vehicles,” said John Viera, Ford’s Global Director of Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters.
The Ford Focus Electric features a 23 kWh lithium-ion battery pack mounted under the rear cargo area and a 123hp electric motor. It is rated at 105 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) and has a maximum driving range of 106 miles.

Sources: Ford, LA Times

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