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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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Why the Gov subsidizes...
By FredEx on 11/3/2011 3:24:11 AM , Rating: 2
Why the Gov is subsidizing is to try to help with the technology by making a market out there. Once more folks buy them and put money back in to the market for them, the more the companies spend on R&D. The battery companies spend more on R&D. That leads to better vehicles with a longer range that will eventually begin to make a dent in our dependency on foreign oil. Note that I clearly said, "...EVENTUALLY..."

It is not going to happen right now, it has to start somewhere. The Gov feels it is part of the countries National Security to subsidize this technology.

If you agree with it or not is a moot point, the question some ask is, "Why the subsides" and that is why.




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