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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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The big problem
By bbcdude on 11/4/2011 1:45:38 PM , Rating: 2
Since nobody want to talk about it, I will mention it.

All the electrical utilities are talking huge electrical price increases in the near future. Remember that because wind power costs 4-10 times as much as coal, as you switch from coal to wind, prices go up accordingly. Even CCS on coal would immediately create a 40% increase in electrical costs just on operating costs, and you still need to pay for the multi billion dollar infrastructure.

Most utilities are looking at 50% increases in the next few years. Many Euro countries have already surpassed that. Power analyst are talking about doubling even tripling in the next 10-15 years, to pay for the new renewables and grid upgrades to deal with decentralized production.

If coal costs about 3-5 cents a KWH to produce and wind cost 27 per KWH, how do you not expect power costs to go up 4 or five times as we are trying to ban coal?

Sorry guys, but electricity is gonna go up faster than gas unless they abandon the anti-CO2 crusade.




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