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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 Spuke on 11/2/2011 10:32:59 PM , Rating: 2
According to Ford, the maintenance costs over the lifetime of the gas Focus amounts to $721.55. I'll just round it down to $720 for simplicity.


By Keeir on 11/3/2011 2:58:37 AM , Rating: 2
Errr... could I sell you some "waterfront" property?

Spunk, looking at the face of it, it seems nearly impossible that a Focus will need less than 1,000 dollar maintenance over 150,000 miles. Especially when I was including Oil Changes, Time Belts, Major Inspections, Brakes, etc.

Even if they have 15,000 mile syn. oil changes, its going to 750 over 150,000... just for oil changes.

I'd read what the consider "maintenance" costs. It is clear doesn't include tires, brakes, or oil changes.


By Spuke on 11/3/2011 3:56:10 PM , Rating: 2
The Focus doesn't have a timing belt (very few if any new cars do and no DI cars do) and Ford's numbers not far fetched at all. At least they listed their scheduled maintenance. You're just pulling stuff out of your butt. My cars maintenance is LESS than Ford is quoting for the Focus. And considering that Ford is figuring auto transmission maintenance, that's understandable. I don't have an auto trans. I have 94k miles on my car. First "major" service is 100k miles when I get new spark plugs. All regular servicing for my car is just oil/oil filter and air filter changes. That's it. There isn't any more to it. Most new cars are like this. I will say that in the next 50k miles I'll have to change my coolant thermostat, brake pads, and maybe my clutch. But you'd have to do that to the EV's too. If you're going to throw unscheduled maintenance, you need to do it to both cars (unless the Focus EV doesn't use brake pads or tires or coolant temp sensors...oh that's right it does).


By Keeir on 11/3/2011 5:50:03 PM , Rating: 2
Spuke,

I can not believe over 94k miles you haven't incurred nearly 500 dollars in oil changes unless your doing it yourself. Even then I believe you have a Syn. Oil type that probably should be changed ever 10,000 miles for a minimum of 9 changes. At ~40 dollars for the oil and filter, even doing it yourself is 360.

Though you bring up a good point. Using a manual can extend your brake life AND reduce repair costs (though I wonder what the clutch replacement will cost).

Here are what 'professional' TCO estimates are saying

Motortrend estimates over 60,000 miles that maintenance for a Ford Focus Titanium Hatch will be 1,600 and repairs 600. Total of 2,200

Edmunds estimates over 75,000 miles that maintenance will be 1,900 and repairs 700. Total of 2,600

Yahoo Auto estimates over 75,000 miles that maintenance will be 2,100 and repairs 1,400

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unless the Focus EV doesn't use brake pads or tires or coolant temp sensors...oh that's right it does


Ideally you use the engine to brake. Brake pad life ought to be super extended on an EV in compared to an ICE. Repairs to the regions probably cost more.

Coolant sensor where again? Oh yeah, the battery coolant system? No where near as complicated as the ICE version. No Oil, No Emissions, etc, etc, etc. (The Ford Engine still has a few serpentine belts)

Post a link to the ford estimate, I'd be curious to read thier fine print.


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