Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:37

Ford Starts Shipping its first EV, the Focus Electric, to Dealers

Ford started shipping its first electric passenger car to dealers the weekend of May 19, according to Reuters. About 350 Focus Electric cars will be sent to 67 dealers in California, New Jersey and New York over the next couple weeks. Manufacturing executives signed off on the decision on May 18. Each dealer will get about six cars, one of which will be a demonstration model, the reports said. Ford declined to comment on the news. The people asked not to be named because the plans are confidential.

“We are still on track to begin shipping the Focus Electric this spring,” Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood said.

The Focus EV will compete in the burgeoning electric vehicle market against Nissan’s Leaf and GM’s Co.’s Chevrolet Volt.

In April, Ford CEO Alan Mulally said he would not consider it a failure if Ford sold fewer than 5,000 Focus EVs in its first year.

In the first four months of 2012, GM sold 5,377 Chevrolet Volts, while Nissan sold 2,103 of its Leaf electric cars. Both vehicles were launched in late 2010.


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