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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:41 am

Boomer23 wrote:And just two paint colors?!? :o And folks have been saying that Nissan's five colors were a weak offering. At least there's a leather option. I wonder if the power seats will be included or available, or if they were deleted for weight savings.
I just clicked through the website: http://www.ford.com/electric/focuselectric/2012/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; and it let me configure a Focus BEV, even using my Dallas ZIP. There were 6 paint options: Black, Blue Candy, Oxford White, White Platinum, Frosted Glass and Ingot Silver. Four of these are one the "light" end of the scale but look like distinct shades.

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Also, the leather has a funky pattern on the inserts:

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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:59 am

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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:01 am

There were 6 paint options: Black, Blue Candy, Oxford White, White Platinum, Frosted Glass and Ingot Silver. Four of these are one the "light" end of the scale but look like distinct shades.
Two of the colors are extra charge options. Blue candy adds $395 to the price. Platinum pushes the price up by $495.
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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:11 am

Assuming I wasn't buying the Leaf for some reason, at that price - particularly compared to what the 2011 Leaf cost - I'd consider the Volt instead. Also, if the pictures are any indication, the pattern of the optional leather seats is kind of funky...

I wonder how many will truly be swayed to buy the Focus rather than the Leaf based on the difference in the charger capacity...

I did love that, on their own survey at the end of the website, they misspelled Ford: "The new in-vehicle technology that is offered with the Fod Focus Electric "
evnow wrote:Ford says its all-electric Focus will start at $39,995. Buyers may qualify for a federal tax credit of $7,500 and certain states, such as California, have additional subsidies. Would-be buyers of the Focus Electric will have only a few choices to make when ordering: leather seats are optional, and there are two paint colors.
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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:20 am

charlestonleafer wrote:They might actually sell a decent amount. I think that Ford has a lot of die hard fans that are willing to spend a little extra to "keep it in the Brand". GM had a lot of those followers too, but I believe the bailout really took a toll on their fan base. I'd still rather have a base model leaf for about 5k less. I will admit, the Ford Sync system is pretty nice, but not 5k nice.
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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:07 am

Sounds like the sound system will be pretty nice with high wattage and subwoofer.
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Sony® Audio System with HD Radio™
The Focus Electric offers a quiet ride, unless, of course, you don't want it to be quiet. With a standard Sony® Audio System, nine speakers and HD Radio™, you can enjoy listening to crystal-clear digital audio and high-quality sound as loud as you want. You also get the convenience of iTunes® tagging.* If you hear a song playing on HD Radio that you like, simply press the Tag button. The song info will be transferred to your iPod® the next time you plug it in your car, so you can purchase it later from the iTunes® store.
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In fact, the Focus will be the first car in its class to offer HD Radio digital broadcasts and iTunes Tagging capability through the segment-exclusive 355-watt audio system.

The audio system from Sony in Focus has a signature piano-black interface design with the iconic Sony center controller, mimicking the appearance of popular home audio equipment from Sony, as well as a class-D digital amplifier that was developed specifically for the Ford Focus system.

Durable polypropylene main speakers combine with soft dome tweeters and a subwoofer, all driven by a nine-channel amp, these components yielding 355 watts of continuous power, resulting in a maximum of 111 decibels bass sound pressure level.
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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:50 am

charlestonleafer wrote:They might actually sell a decent amount. I think that Ford has a lot of die hard fans that are willing to spend a little extra to "keep it in the Brand". GM had a lot of those followers too, but I believe the bailout really took a toll on their fan base. I'd still rather have a base model leaf for about 5k less. I will admit, the Ford Sync system is pretty nice, but not 5k nice.
I doubt there are too many of those who would buy an EV. The tiny trunc alone will scare away most of the families.

Overall the pricing tells me - Ford is looking to sell a small # of FEVs a year. This is unfortunate - but given the costs involved, not surprised by this price. Infact this is what I chose in the poll.
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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:55 am

"all driven by a nine-channel amp, these components yielding 355 watts of continuous power"

You can see your range estimate dipping in response to the music.. cool! :D

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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:00 am

http://www.kplu.org/post/ford-unveiling ... ar-seattle" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Ford unveiling all-new Focus electric car in Seattle

Hmmm ... but Seattle isn't a starting market for Ford Electric ?!
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Re: Ford Opens Ordering for Electric Focus : $39,995

Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:11 am

EVDRIVER wrote:You mean like the LEAF platform modification/conversion.
So what term should be used for the Leaf and Focus? Are you saying the Leaf and Focus are the same as a 'platform modification/conversion'? I mean at what point does one draw the line?
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