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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 rdhood on 11/4/2011 4:11:56 PM , Rating: 2
I notice that allot of the people here who do comment pro or con on these things just assume that people live in a large metro area and have short commutes. That explains why so many people are so pro EV, they just assume that their situation is typical.

Bingo. That is the environmentalist/Democrat social engineering aspect of this. They don't assume anything. The want to artificially raise gasoline prices (through taxes) to FORCE you into these conditions. Then, they want to make driving so expensive that you will take mass transit. Signs at the "Occupy" protests deem that no one should live in a house with more than four rooms.

Some of us, though, are realists. I have lived in the same house for almost 20 years. Through mergers, acquisitions, layoffs, I have worked at 4 different sites separated from each other by up to 50 miles. There is nowhere I could have lived in the past 20 years where I could have been guaranteed that an EV would be sufficient for the life of the vehicle. If one's life is so static that you know you will never need to go more than 60 or 80 miles round trip... and you can afford it... more power to you. But these are NOT general purpose vehicles that will suit the life experiences of most people.

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