Ford revs Focus Electric for spring rollout

Posted by Shane McGlaun

Ford's long-awaited Focus Electric has certainly been in the works for quite some time.

The last time we heard about the vehicle was back in January, when it was reported to have received a 100 MPGe+ economy rating from the EPA. Now Ford has announced that it is currently certifying its first dealers to sell the vehicle in the United States, with rollouts scheduled this for this spring at 67 dealers in California, New York, and New Jersey.

Ford revs Focus Electric for spring rollout

Ford says the above-mentioned states traditionally purchase a significant number of electric vehicles - although the Focus Electric will be available nationwide by the end of 2012.

As noted above, the EPA has officially rated the Focus Electric at 110 MPGe - giving it a slight lead over the competing Nissan Leaf EV.

Interestingly enough, dealers have to meet certain criteria to be certified to sell Ford's electric vehicle. For example, they must install at least two on-site charging stations and participate in specialized training about electric vehicles. Indeed, at least one technician from the dealership - along with a manager and sales staffer - will have to go through training. Another requirement? One Focus Electric vehicle has to be available at all times for demonstrations.