Ford has officially announced pricing for the new all-electric Ford Focus at $39,200 plus the ever-present $795 mandatory delivery charge. The Focus Electric will be a $22,700 premium over the 2.0L GDI-powered Focus currently on sale. To soften this gargantuan price difference, buyers will be eligible for a $7,500 tax credit.
Instead of the the aforementioned 2.0L engine, the Focus EV will be powered by a 100 kW permanent magnet AC motor when it launches at the end of this year as a 2012 model. In more traditional terms, that means the EV will send 123 hp and 181 lb.-ft. of torque to the front wheels. The engine is fed by a 23kWh Lithium ion battery pack produced by LG Chem. Also, due to specific characteristics of electric motors, there is a single speed transmission. Sadly Ford has not released any official range estimates but did mention that this is a “real car for real trips”.
Luckily, the $39,200 gets you a fully-loaded Focus with car-specific 17-inch wheels and SYNC with MyFord Touch, which provides a custom user interface to get the most out of battery range. The design is altered to enhance aerodynamics, complete with the
carp-faced Aston Martin-esque front grill.
Charging time with a 120V outlet is a grueling 18-20 hours, so Ford recommends you get the the 240V home charging system to cut recharge time down to 3-4 hours. That’s significantly less than compared to the 8 hours needed for the Nissan Leaf on the same voltage. But there is no DC quick charge option that could theoretically charge the Leaf in 30 minutes. Ford is also offering to facilitate a deal with contractors to install Solar Panels on your roof to cut charging costs.
Additionally, Ford says that it will be selling the new electric by the end of this year as a 2012 model, but if you don’t live in New York, New Jersey or California, don’t expect to get one this year.
It will be interesting to see how customers react to Focus Electric with a cheaper competitor in the Nissan Leaf and a range extended one in the Chevy Volt.
Those interested in reserving one can visit the Focus Electric’s microsite.[expand]