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Ford Focus EV goes on sale in NY this year, starts at $39,995

When plugged in, the Ford Focus Electric onboard

When plugged in, the Ford Focus Electric onboard charger converts AC power from the electric grid to DC power to charge the liquid-cooled or heated battery pack. (Credit: Ford)

Ford just begun taken orders for their first all-electric vehicle, the 2012 Focus Electric. Pricing will start at $39,995 and will hit New York metro area dealer floors later this year. It is eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit.

“Today is a historic day, as Ford opens up the order banks for the company’s first full production, all-electric passenger vehicle -- the Focus Electric,” said Chad D’Arcy, Ford Focus Electric marketing manager. “The all-new Focus Electric is an important part of Ford’s overall strategy, bringing still another option to customers who want a car that is fun-to-drive, easy to own and fully electric.”

The Focus EV is priced the same as the Chevrolet Volt and is bit more expensive than the all-electric 2012 Nissan Leaf, which starts at $35,200.

The Focus EV has a 92-kw electric motor, the equivalent of 123 horsepower. Ford says the vehicle can be fully recharged in just over three hours using a 240-volt charging station and it will have about a 100 mile range on a single charge.

It’s also loaded with features including: MyFord Touch with eight-inch touch-screen; a mobile app (for remote start and monitoring and scheduling battery charging); HID Headlamps; 17-inch aluminum wheels, ambient lighting, seats made from 100-percent recycled material; and a rear camera with a parking sensor.

Ford is also touting the vehicle's low maintenance cost. According to the automaker, Focus Electric’s fewer moving mechanical parts “nearly eliminates scheduled maintenance, saving drivers time and money.”

If you’re looking to get into the electric vehicle, you can “virtually build and price one” the Ford Focus EV build site here.

Tags: Ford , Ford Focus EV , green , electric

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