A total of 67 dealers are now certified to sell the 2012 Ford Focus Electric when it goes on sale later this spring. Located in New York, New Jersey, and California, the dealers are the first of many expected to receive certification for Ford’s first commercially available electric vehicle, with 19 additional markets expected by the end of summer, and a full nationwide rollout planned by the end of the year.
In order to become certified, a dealer must install at least two onsite charging stations, one in the service area and one accessible to customers. The dealers must also have a Focus Electric on hand for demonstration purposes, and must go through electric vehicle training courses.
The Focus Electric is rated at 105 MPGe in combined city/highway driving, and Ford claims the EV can be recharged in almost half the time it takes to charge a Nissan Leaf thanks to a higher-capacity onboard charger (6.6 kWh versus 3.3 kWh in the Leaf). The Focus Electric should arrive in these select dealerships soon, and give the Nissan Leaf some all-electric competition.