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Ford Is Finally Putting A On Electric Cars

The 2012 Focus Electric Vehicle.

May 11 test-driving the soon-to-go-on-sale Ford Electric at a promotional event on Thursday, Matt Hrna was with its quick acceleration. It has pickup than the four-cylinder car he now owns.

Hrna could see owning an all-electric car someday, but he plans to wait until a vehicle has greater driving than the Focus Electric’s 70 to 100

He probably won’t be one of the first to down $39,200 for one of the Focus when they make debut locally several or perhaps several months, now.

Indeed. many consumers to be in a wait-and-see mode when it to moving away from engines. But companies such as see electrification as a big part of their future.

It’s going to time for people to take of electric cars, said Bell. Ford’s electric infrastructure manager, who attended event near City But we believe it’s the right do for the environment and to help the country from its dependence on fossil

Bell noted that who buy Focus Electrics also for a substantial federal tax credit.

the arrival of the electric version of the probably won’t have a big on car market, it further shows automakers will continue to consumers more electric


A slow embrace

Consumers been relatively slow to electric vehicles. We’ve that in the Chevy Volt and Leaf, said Rebecca an analyst at IHS Automotive. Among the she said, is that vehicles internal combustion engines are increasingly better mileage.

also have concerns electric cars, Lindland over issues such as life and driving range. there aren’t many stations around.

And if you don’t have a garage, you may not a readily available place to in the vehicle, Lindland said.

is working with cities to solutions for multifamily complexes, said.

A head start

The Electric will go head to with the Leaf and will an uphill battle, since the has had a big head start, said Omotoso, manager of global at LMC Automotive. The Leaf arrived in the in late 2010.

The Leaf for about $4,000 less the Focus Electric, he noted.

The is a good first start for Omotoso said, but they expect to sell about units this year about half of what is expecting with the Leaf.

Another electric option is the Volt, which provides the of an electric vehicle without the limitations, Chevrolet spokesman Eppling said. The Volt a total driving range of 379

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For the first 35 miles, it can drive he said, and when the Volt’s runs low, a gasoline-powered engages to extend the driving another 344 miles, Eppling

The Volt costs about the as a Focus Electric.

Later year, Ford will the Ford Fusion Energi and the SUV Ford C-Max Energi. are plug-in hybrids that gasoline and electric technology.

Planet Ford in Spring is the local dealerships that sell the Focus Electric it debuts. Shawn Burns, manager, said Ford the dealership to install two charging He spent $15,000 on green and plans more, he said.

scientist

Burns said he the Focus Electric will well. One customer, a NASA wants to buy the first one to arrive and study it, he said.

Local analyst Richard Anderson test drove the Focus on Thursday and also found it to more power than he

It was super quiet, Anderson It’s kind of weird good weird.

david.kaplan@chron.com

post originally appeared at Chronicle. Copyright 2014.

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