Chicago among first to get Ford Focus electric car

By Mary Jane Grandinetti
Posted Nov. 15, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.

Ford has chosen Chicago as one of the initial markets for its electric Focus, due to hit showrooms late next year.

Ford based the rollout markets on commuting patterns and hybrid purchase trends, among other criteria. The other first markets are Atlanta; Austin and Houston, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Los Angeles; San Francisco; San Diego; New York; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; Seattle; and Washington, D.C.

The Focus Electric will be powered by a 23 kWh lithium-ion battery with a system that uses a liquid heating and cooling system to maximize battery life and driving range.

“Working with utilities, governments and technology companies is a key part of our electric strategy to make sure the infrastructure and support for electric vehicles is in place as we begin rolling them out,” Mike Tinskey, Ford’s global manager of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, said in a statement.

Chevrolet, which plans to launch its extended-range electric Volt this year, will limit initial sales to California, Texas, New York and D.C. “Concentrating Volt sales in these three key initial markets allows us to give our first customers a high-quality experience,” Chevrolet General Manager Jim Campbell said in a statement.

Nissan’s pure electric Leaf, also set to go on sale this year, will initially be available in California, Oregon, Washington and Tennessee.

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  1. clarence Nov. 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I’ll buy anything Ford rather then imports, or Government Motors.

  2. ford focus sydney Nov. 17, 2010 at 2:29 a.m.

    you are right in Chicago, ford cars are best selling car in last year.
    Ford focus Sydney