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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 slumberingfool on 11/2/2011 9:31:54 PM , Rating: 2
Has anyone factored in the costs to replace the batteries.
How quickly will the driving distance drop with old batteries in cold weather?

By Spuke on 11/2/2011 10:37:59 PM , Rating: 2
Has anyone factored in the costs to replace the batteries. How quickly will the driving distance drop with old batteries in cold weather?
No one really figures battery replacement costs into the ownership experience (I would) although the figures are available from most manufacturers. Driving distance in cold weather, unfortunately, really depends on the load and the temperature. That said, battery performance depends on the load and the temperature regardless.

By Keeir on 11/3/2011 3:10:01 AM , Rating: 2
1. Its hard to understand what cost a battery in the future would be.

2. Its hard to predict when a battery replacement would be required. For example with a Volt, a Battery replacement would not be -required- in 20 years. You may end up with 5 miles AER, but it will still run.

3. People tend to ignore the cost of replacing an engine or major system overall. Both of these are common on 150,000-200,000 mile ICEs. And yes, most cars remain in the marketplace with a second owner up to ~200,000 miles.

By corduroygt on 11/3/2011 9:52:49 AM , Rating: 2
1. Does not mean it's zero.
2. Again, doesn't mean it's zero.
3. You definitely do not need to replace a gas engine after 150k miles if it's maintained properly.
4. The average American changes cars every 5 years.

Then, there's instances like last weekends New England snowstorm where millions were left without power for 2-3 days. They at least had their cars to drive somewhere with power and gas up in 5 minutes...

By Spuke on 11/3/2011 4:06:56 PM , Rating: 2
Both of these are common on 150,000-200,000 mile ICEs.
Guess I'd better hide ALL of my previous cars with 150k to 250k on the original engines before the government finds out. Dude, if you're swapping engines like that, you need to stay with cheap, high mileage cars. You don't need an EV or anything over $5k.

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