Quick Note: Ford Only Sells 38 Focus EVs in U.S. for July
August 3, 2012 2:15 PM
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For the total seven months of 2012 so far, the automaker has only sold 135 of these EVs
Ford's electric Focus hasn't had much luck in the sales department during 2012, and this was evident in July's numbers.
electric Ford Focus
, which is a 5-door hatchback electric vehicle (EV) that was first produced in December 2011, had a total of 38 sales in the United States for the month of July.
This was a pretty big drop from the 89 Ford Focus Electrics sold in June. However, for the total seven months of 2012 so far, the automaker has only sold 135 of these EVs.
Ford has built a total of 884 Ford Focus Electrics this year, with 121 built in July alone. The American automaker managed to sell zero Focus EVs in February, March and April.
Ford hasn't given any sales predictions for the Focus EV throughout the rest of 2012, but said it will match supply with demand. For right now, the Focus EV is only available in California, New York and New Jersey. It will make its way to 19 other markets this fall.
The Detroit News
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8/3/2012 10:08:55 PM
Who is going to average 40MPG in a normal Focus? Do you live and go to work directly on the highway? Try 31MPG combined. We'll be pretty lucky if OPEC is satisfied with $90/barrel oil for the next 10-20 years (it doesn't matter how much oil the US produces, as even a drill happy gov't will never get production near OPEC levels).
Anyway, pure EVs are just not a great idea right now, and that's why the Focus EV isn't selling. If EVs have a big battery, then its expense and weight is wasted for the typical day, and no matter how large it is you can't do the 600+ miles a day that you'd need if you wanted to go on a long road trip to explore the country.
PHEV is the way to go. 100% freedom, 80% reduced gas consumption and urban pollution. Put the Volt in a Tesla or Fisker body with $1000 more in the electric motor (which should rocket performance a lot more than a $1000 upgrade in an ICE) and you have a winner.
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