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Ford brings contrasts of and gas cars into sharper

Ford will soon offering battery- and gasoline-powered of its Focus, the first time can compare the two powertrains on the same

An electric Focus, next to the gas provides, more transparency to it means to pay for an electric vehicle, Thilo Koslowski, an automotive at research firm Gartner

Ford Motor Co.’s of producing an electric car that the platform, body style and components of the standard gasoline is a departure from other pioneering the electric car market. It also make it easier for to figure out the economics of electric ownership.

The first electric entrants the Leaf and the plug-in hybrid Volt are stand-alone models from the ground up without siblings.

It takes away the and oranges comparison, said Lindland, an analyst with IHS To some extent it will be the as offering both V-6 and a V-8 in the same or an automatic or manual transmission. It just an option.

Consumers find that the electric is considerably more expensive, at initially.

The electric Focus has a price of $39,995 with fees. That compares about $25,000 for a similarly gasoline model. But shoppers also have to make for incentives, such as the $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles, and inducements such as California’s rebate.

Then they must add the of a home-charging station: about

Depending on the trim level of the Focus, the payback from savings at current gas prices for the version will take to 11 years. When Honda out with the electric version of its Fit this summer, consumers get a second vehicle that compares with a gasoline

How to benchmark electric car prices gasoline counterparts has been debated by analysts, manufacturers and

Mark Perry, Nissan America’s director of product cringes when he reads between the automaker’s Leaf and its Versa, Nissan’s budget-oriented, car. He points out that the has more interior space, and technology than the Versa.

But that was exactly the vehicle Plache, chief economist for used when discussing why the price of electric vehicles was a barrier to consumer acceptance.

to a Nissan Versa, a Leaf would have to hold on to the for seven years in order to the price difference through savings with gas at $4 per gallon, said.

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When one online owners group discussed gasoline vehicles best to Nissan’s electric car, came up with a disparate that included a well-equipped the Volkswagen Golf, Toyota and ironically, the gasoline Focus.

In an interview with The Times, Chief Executive Alan said the company’s plan to electric- and gas-powered versions of the car gives consumers what he with a smile, the power of

Ford’s approach to assembling the car the company to quickly scale up or down production depending on he said.

We can’t guess the demand is going to be, but it’s on the line [with the gas-engine and 70% to 80% of the parts are the same, so you can imagine the Mulally said.

The former Co. executive who built jetliners acknowledged that for now, presents a giant hurdle for acceptance of battery-electric vehicles. vehicles will be more than their gas counterparts for the future, he said. To close the gap, automakers will much greater sales and breakthroughs in battery technology.

The battery is the most expensive on what otherwise would be a $22,000 compact car. The of the batteries is another issue the extra pounds reduce an vehicle’s range.

Giving a peek at the cost structure of production, Mulally said a 23 battery like the lithium-ion in the Focus and similar to what’s in other pure electric weighs about 600 to 700 pounds and $12,000 to $15,000 more half the retail value of a internal-combustion car.

Hybrids, such as Ford’s and the Toyota Prius, have prices much closer to gasoline engine cars their batteries are much and add about $2,000 to the cost of the

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