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Ford isn't expecting huge numbers for the Focus EV this year

Ford recently announced that it expects the coming year to be slow for sales of the Focus EV despite the fact that the automaker has certified 700 additional dealers to sell the vehicle. The automaker expects that the Focus EV will account for no more than 5% of its total hybrid and electric vehicle sales moving forward. Last year Ford sold only 685 Focus EVs accounting for about 2% of its hybrid and electric vehicle sales.

The increase from 200 electric vehicle certified dealers to 900 was done to help growth and increase availability for the Fusion and C-Max Energi hybrids, but the move also means the availability for the slow selling Focus electric will be expanded as well.


"Overall, it's meeting our expectations in the marketplace," said C.J. O'Donnell, Ford's group marketing manager of electrification, in a telephone interview. "I think as we expand the footprint, by definition, we will get more customers."

Ford notes that about 90% of the Focus Electric vehicle sales have come from California. That means outside the state of California availability in the remainder of the country has resulted in fewer than 100 Focus Electric purchases.
 
Ford has significantly discounted the Focus EV, but the discounts haven't spurred sales the way Ford hoped.

Source: Detroit News





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By DanNeely on 2/21/2013 10:40:51 AM , Rating: 2
Only offering leather seats seems especially odd since there's a large overlap between the extreme green crowd that's the current primary market for electric vehicles and vegetarians/vegans who won't buy leather.


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