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Ford Focus Electric
Ford Focus Electric won't come cheap

We first brought you news of the production Ford Focus Electric earlier this year when it was officially unveiled at CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Now, Ford has spilled the beans on how much the all-electric car will cost when it debuted next year.
 
According to Ford's new online price configurator/reservation page, the Focus Electric will have a base price of $39,200 plus a destination charge of $795 bringing the total to $39,995. Since the U.S. government is handing money out left and right for "green" vehicles, the price of the Ford Focus Electric drops to $32,495 after a $7,500 federal tax credit.
 
To put this pricing in perspective, the all-electric Nissan Leaf has a base MSRP of $36,050 while the Chevrolet Volt has a base MSRP of $39,995. Both of those figures are before the $7,500 federal tax credit is taken into consideration.
 
The Focus Electric is powered by a 123hp (181 lb-ft torque) electric motor and a 23 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that was co-developed with LG Chem. Top speed for the vehicle is a relatively meager 84 mph.
 
There’s no word on how far the Focus Electric will go on a charge, but we’re guessing that it will be targeting the Nissan’s Leaf’s EPA rating of 73 miles on a charge.

Source: Ford Focus Electric Homepage



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By UnauthorisedAccess on 11/2/2011 5:38:33 PM , Rating: 2
If (a big if) this car comes to Australia then it'll suffer at the hands of AUD$.40/kWh (US$.42/kWh ish) peak costs.

Unless you've got ample photovoltaic then this car would be purchased purely as an environmental statement and not a financial one.


By Putradude on 11/2/2011 6:33:06 PM , Rating: 5
Here in Quebec / Canada assuming 1 USD = 1 CAD
electricity is at $.07/kWh(almost 100% from hydroelectricity)and gas is highly taxed at $5.00/gal. This making electric vehicle more viable in our economy.

Using Stiggalicious example, it will cost:
gas: 300Gal/yr = $1500/yr
Electric: 2,760kWh/yr = $193.20/yr

gas: y = 1500x +18200
electric: y = 193.20x +32495
x gives 10.94 years or 131 000 miles
price on gas grow faster than electricity so electric car in near futur will become favorable in Quebec


By Kerdal on 11/2/2011 7:27:07 PM , Rating: 3
Except for our damn winters which basically kill any battery. They would need to make a serious breakthrough on battery technology before we can hope for a viable BEV or expend the energy to keep the battery compartment heated which means an increased cost (would've to keep plugged in all the time it's not in use, etc.) and/or reduced battery life.

But then again, I'm in the far northwest part of the province, it's usually a bit worse here. (And I'm talking true north not 1 hour north of Mtl)


By EddyKilowatt on 11/2/2011 6:50:09 PM , Rating: 2
Why would you charge it during peak hours, unless you absolutely had to?

Charge it at night, drive it during the day. Don't buy it if your day regularly features more than 100 miles of driving.

What are your 10PM to 5 AM rates like down there?


By sigmatau on 11/2/2011 8:32:01 PM , Rating: 2
My electric company does not have peak hours for some reason. I am not sure if nuclear power has anything to do with it.


By ppardee on 11/2/2011 8:53:35 PM , Rating: 2
Peak/Off-peak hours are less about the power source and more about demand... it's hard to spin up/spin down any type of generation and there is a maximum capacity of the sources, so when demand exceeds immediate supply, they buy the power from other companies and do so at a premium. So, when demand is high, they try to discourage use by charging more and get the added benefit of having the outsourced power paid for by consumers.


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