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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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RE: same range?
By EddyKilowatt on 11/2/2011 7:45:02 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't, but... the whole reason we're seeing a new generation of EVs, right now, is the Li-Ion battery, and it is (roughly) twice as good as anything that came before it. Fundamental enabling technology for the 100-mile EV.

And within the Li-Ion camp there actually ARE a lot of different tents... manganese spinel, cobalt oxide, iron phosphate, cylindrical vs flat plate geometry, etc etc. Given the basic technology (shuttling of lithium ions), each car builder gets a shot at choosing the chemistry, the mechanical and cooling layout, the electrical architecture, and the testing, qualification, and production processes that may yield a winner. They are most definitely NOT all the same under the hood, any more than gas engines are the same just because most of them make about a horsepower per cubic inch.

And, Li-Ion technology has a lot of development potential. Everyone has to place very conservative bets with their first-generation designs, just to get the new tech launched safely and see if there is a market niche for a 100-mile EV. But if there's demand, I think you'll see rapid battery progress... not Moore's-Law rapid since we're dealing with energy and not information, but still 15-20% improvement per year. There's a lot of exciting research in labs, dozens of new ideas to thrash out and reduce to practice, if the market's there.

RE: same range?
By Shig on 11/2/2011 9:46:23 PM , Rating: 2
15-20% per year would put electric cars at like 1000 mile ranges by 2020, I do like the promise of upcoming tech but come on =D

RE: same range?
By Spuke on 11/2/2011 10:45:03 PM , Rating: 2
15-20% per year would put electric cars at like 1000 mile ranges by 2020, I do like the promise of upcoming tech but come on =D
There's not going to be 15-20% per year.

RE: same range?
By EddyKilowatt on 11/3/2011 12:01:00 PM , Rating: 2
Huh? 15% for 8 years from a 100 mile baseline gets you to 300 miles. 20% for 10 years would be a little over 600 miles. Where are you getting 1000 miles from?

Even 11% growth (the historical average, with just pocket gadgets driving demand): (from Panasonic product announcement)

gets you to 230 miles by 2020.

The advanced anodes that are just starting to be commercialized (e.g. silicon) have ultimate capacities that are an order of magnitude higher than the plain old carbon used up till now, so there are no implacable brick walls standing on the near-term roadmap.

RE: same range?
By Spuke on 11/3/2011 4:49:47 PM , Rating: 2
The advanced anodes that are just starting to be commercialized (e.g. silicon)
Where are these being used? And how much does it cost to manufacture compared to carbon?

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