Ford has released long-awaited details about the 2012 Focus EV, and begun taking reservations in two preliminary markets.
Joining Chevy and Nissan in the electric car game, Ford has released long-awaited details about the 2012 Focus EV, and begun taking reservations in two preliminary markets.
The $39,995 four-door hatchback features a liquid-cooled-and-heated 23 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 123 hp permanent-magnet electric motor that delivers 181 pound-feet of torque and a top speed of 84 mph. The gas version of the Focus has earned raves from auto mags for its handling, and Ford claims that the EV is just as lively. The included cable plugs into any 120-volt outlet, and an optional 240-volt charging station can deliver a full charge in three to four hours. The standard cloth seats are made from recycled and plant-based foam (optional leather-trimmed seats cost an extra $995).
The Focus EV is packed with modern electronics, including the two LCD touchscreens and keyless entry featured on other Ford vehicles. Special EV goodies: a navigation system that shows the most economical route to your destination, whether you can get there at your current charge level, and the location of the nearest charging stations; a smartphone app for monitoring and scheduling charging status; and a “brake coach” that helps you optimize the regenerative braking system.
So, can you order one online today? Oh come on, you know how these things work. You can read all about it, and even get a price quote, but to place an order, you’ll have to contact a “certified EV dealer” in metro NYC or California. You should be able to push the start button and drive it off the lot “in 2012.”