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Posted at 3:52 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Ford announces Ford Focus Electric

By Hayley Tsukayama

Ford has formally announced its Ford Focus Electric and has promised five Ford electrics in the United States by 2012.

The company will be partnering with Best Buy and the Geek Squad for installation and servicing, and introducing a two-part charging unit with a wall bracket that can be easily removed for replacement and service.

The company didn't give any official specs on range during the press conference, but it did say the car will charge fully in three hours. A tweet from Scott Monty, the head of social media at Ford, said that the company is shooting for a range of 100 miles.

Ford also talked up the MyFordTouch app in its press conference, which can monitor the charge of the car, control the car from a phone and survey a driver's overall driving habits.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 7, 2011; 3:52 PM ET
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This thing has got to cost less than that stupid Chevy Volt. GM is looking more and more hopeless...

Posted by: ozpunk | January 7, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

So cool. I love the look of the new Focus. Can't wait to find out how much it costs, and I'd welcome a domestic competitor to the Leaf.

Posted by: tysonsara1 | January 7, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse


Both us?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 7, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

ozpunk: check out car and drivers article about the Volt. It is the most advanced hybrid in existence. Prius was expensive when it first came out as well. Is the Volt too expensive? Yes for the mass sales it is, but not for the people that want it first and dont mind the high price. These are the same people that buy an IPad.

GM's sales are up all over the place. The Camaro is a great car.

Posted by: theAnswerIs42 | January 7, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Come now the Huckabees with their George Will contempt for alternate energy which they obstruct at every turn for fear of the consequences to BP's profits. How entertaining they do this while demonizing and making enemies of Muslims to whose teats they are addicted for oil.

Posted by: areyousaying | January 7, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Let's think about this a bit. Assume we have a hot summer day as we often get in the D.C. region. Everyone in the neighborhood with electric cars comes home from work and plugs them in. However, everyone's air conditioner and heat pump is running to keep their houses cool. Can the neighborhood transformers handle the load? Will there be costs for the utilities to upgrade services?

Posted by: flatpick | January 7, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I will be interested in reading more about this car. However, the one thing to keep in mind is that going more electric means the need for more power plants. Wind generators and associated transmission lines cannot be built that fast, close enough to the urban centers, and will also cause a lot of bird and bat kills.

So if electric car sales really start taking off, at least in the short term (i.e., the next ten years), the majority of any new electrical generation is likely to come from natural gas and it also will be more likely that old coal plants will need to stay on line a lot longer than most people would like.

Thus, the "environmental" cost may be more negative by using these electric cars for several years until more safe & clean nuclear plants and more siting of wind farms with their new transmission lines can be accomplished safely (if possible). The air quality of the cities will improve, but the region's air quality may remain the same or worsen.

Posted by: ARickoverNuke | January 7, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

flatpick and ARickoverNuke bring up good points about power and energy constraints. Plugging in in the afternoon would be disastrous. However, there are ways to manage charging that could make use of the excess nighttime capacity on the grid. This is often nuclear, and is generally cheaper and cleaner than daytime electricity. It depends on the region, but half to two thirds of cars could be electric and using a smart charging system before we'd have capacity problems.

Posted by: DamonVT | January 7, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

the electric cars should have been at this development stage long ago, say 1976 when gas went to a buck a gallon.

Posted by: hc2406624 | January 7, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I thought I would like this until I read it has the same "MyFordTouch" that Consumer Reports just panned. I hate these stupid interfaces that car cos stick on cars. "It's more than a car" they crow! Yeah, maybe, but remember, first, that it IS a car, you marketing morons.

Posted by: bogbug | January 7, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"Electric Car" and "Ford" are two words not often associated with a fast, sexy machine.

Posted by: NealeSmull | January 7, 2011 11:38 PM | Report abuse

a good investment might be a service truck with the ability to deliver a quick charge.

Posted by: vmax02rider | January 8, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

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