A Brand New Model With an Electric Version from the StartThe 2012 Ford Focus electric, which we now know will use LG Chem batteries, won't be launched everywhere at once when it comes out in late 2011. Ford has studied various regions of the US to find those that best meet certain criteria (like existing hybrid purchase trends, utility company collaboration and local government commitment to electrification). Today, Ford has released the list of those markets. Read on for more details.
And the Winners Are...
The first markets selected for Ford Focus Electric: 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 electric Focus will be built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. Production will occur on the same line as the gasoline version, and Ford will be able to vary production based on demand for the Focus Electric..
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