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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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Top speed is a relatively meager 84 mph...
By Boze on 11/3/2011 8:05:16 AM , Rating: 2
How is that meager?

Top speeds are just a useless metric to make one car, truck, minivan, or SUV stand out from another.

I've owned three vehicles in my life:

1988 Jeep Comanche. Don't know the top speed, I think it said 100 or 110 on the speedometer.

1994 3000GT VR-4. 180 mph on the speedometer.

2000 Dodge Ram 1500 Club Cab, the vehicle I still drive today, 120 mph on the speedometer.

Times I've gone over 84 mph for any extended period of time: 2

And both were unnecessary. I just wanted to get from Point A to Point B faster. 1 of the times, I ended up getting a speeding ticket.

Where in America are you going to consistently, safely (by safely I mean without being caught by law enforcement), go faster than 84 mph with the exception of the long interstate highway stretches across the desert states? Even then, that's a pointless factor, because this vehicle doesn't have the range to even consider a cross-state drive, much less multiple states / cross country.

The fastest I've ever gone in a moving vehicle was 132 mph, when I was 19, and I had the VR-4. I also nearly lost control of the car and would have certainly killed myself if I had.

84 mph is plenty for an electric vehicle as they exist today with their range issues.




By semo on 11/3/2011 8:27:16 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I don't know why top speed is used as a negative. If this car was marketed as an autobahn machine, then it would make sense.

There are other more relevant issues that should be scrutinised as I mentioned in my other post.


RE: Top speed is a relatively meager 84 mph...
By wpodonnell on 11/3/2011 9:25:40 AM , Rating: 2
Top speed is a useless metric? I would have to disagree. It may not be the most useful metric, but it's hardly useless.

Unless it's electronically restricted, the top speed usually says something about the cars ability to accelerate at speed, too. Consider passing on the freeway - if you're cruising at 65 and need to pass a truck, a car that can "only" go 84 mph will probably take significantly longer to get from 65 mph to 75 mph, than a car that has the ability to get up to 130. 60-to-80mph specs (or something similar) would certainly be a welcome metric in this instance, but failing that, top speed usually some *something* and isn't completely useless.


RE: Top speed is a relatively meager 84 mph...
By EddyKilowatt on 11/3/2011 3:58:12 PM , Rating: 2
Totally electronically restricted. Also probably by gearing. But not by power... it has 120ish horsepower, right on par with small ICE cars. Properly geared and unrestricted it could easily push into triple digits. Geared as it is, I expect it gets from 74 to 84 mph pretty handily.

But as already mentioned... what's the point? This is not an inter-state cruiser, it is primarily a city and suburban errand vehicle, places where the regen braking and zero idling emissions pay off big time. Though Marlboro-Man SUV advertising tries to deny it, this kind of driving is actually where the majority of cars spend the majority of their hours.

It remains to be seen how many consumers are willing to admit this to themselves.


By Spuke on 11/3/2011 4:54:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
But as already mentioned... what's the point? This is not an inter-state cruiser, it is primarily a city and suburban errand vehicle, places where the regen braking and zero idling emissions pay off big time.
I agree. There's no point in mentioning it considering the usage.

quote:
It remains to be seen how many consumers are willing to admit this to themselves.
I know of no city residents that haven't. If some choose to spend loads of cash on a 15 mpg car that spends most of its time on city streets then so be it. I don't have a problem with that.


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