Ford has announced which lucky markets will be the first to receive the Focus Electric, their first all electric passenger car that can travel 100 miles on a full charge whilst creating zero CO2 emissions. In a press statement, Ford said that the markets were chosen after being judged on several criteria, including “commuting patterns, existing hybrid purchase trends, utility company collaboration and local government commitment to electrification”. As a result of the findings, the first cities selected to sell the new green wheels will be Atlanta, Austin and Houston, Texas, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Tucson, Portland, Raleigh Durham, Richmond, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
In the company’s press release, Mark Fields, President of the Americas, Ford Motor Company said, “There is a great deal of excitement for the Focus Electric across America and Ford wants to build on this enthusiasm by making our first all electric passenger vehicle available in as many pilot markets as possible. This is the first step in rolling out the Focus Electric. As the country continues to build up its electric vehicle infrastructure and demand for the Focus Electric grows, Ford will continue to evaluate additional markets and consider making this vehicle available in more cities across the country.”
In order to further the demand for EVs, Ford is set to develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles as well as share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid can support them. Ford has already launched an educational web site that offers video, text and diagrams to help consumers understand differences in certain electric vehicles.
The Focus Electric has already made headlines for utilising a 23 kwh lithium-ion battery as well as a liquid heating and cooling system to maximize battery life and driving range.