First Foci EV offers limited availability to the coastal few
The Ford Focus EV opened to consumer reservations today – if you happen to live in California or New York.
Initial orders will be taken in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco in California, as well as New York. 15 additional markets will open up next year including Atlanta, Austin and Houston, Texas; Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Orlando, Fla., Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va., Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Also, in Ford’s words a limited number of Focus EVs will be available initially. We don’t know how many that means, but certainly we expect the delivery numbers to be very low through the beginning of next year with deliveries ramping up slowly as other markets are allowed into the reservation system.
We think that the Focus EV is a good looking car and it most closely resembles LEAF capabilities and characteristics of all of the vehicles that we have seen to date. Ford’s web site does not yet offer all of the statistics on the vehicle, although some are pointed out in the initial marketing pages displayed.
Focus offers a 23 kilowatt hour battery pack, similar in capacity to the LEAF. Ford has chosen to include a 6.6 kilowatt hour on-board charger though, so charging time on a 240-volt system will be roughly half that of the LEAF. For nightly charging this makes no real difference, as either will get you charged before you wake up. Where it may help is those opportunity charging situations where you are out for the day. An hour on a 240-volt charging dock in the LEAF will get you roughly 10 miles. Expect to see 20 miles returned to the Focus EV during that same time frame. Not enough to make a difference if you are looking to make a long trip, but it could be the difference on that day trip to the coast or not. Nissan has not yet commited to providing the 6.6 kilowatt hour on-board charger yet, although it is widely assumed that it will be incorporated on those LEAFs coming out of Smyrna late next year.
Starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Focus EV is $39,200 plus $795 destination. Currently only one option is offered – leather seating for $995. As we get additional information on specifications – which we expect to closely mirror the LEAF – we will keep you informed.