Greentech Lead America: Automobile major Ford announced
that the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board
(CARB) has given green signal for Golden State owners of the new 2012 Ford
Focus Electric to drive in the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes with less
These owners will be able to receive up to $10,000 in tax
credits between the state’s new $2,500 rebate and the eligible $7,500 federal
The company claims that Focus Electric recently became
America’s most fuel-efficient five-seater with a 110-MPGe city fuel economy
rating, with more power, passenger room and standard features as well as half
the charge time and cost of Nissan Leaf.
Ford gives customers the power of choice with 10
fuel-efficiency leaders across segments and powertrain technologies.
Ford will ramp up Focus Electric retail production in the
first half of 2012 for dealership availability in California, New York and New
Jersey. By the end of 2012, Focus Electric will be available in 19 markets
across the U.S. Ford has already delivered the Focus Electric to key fleet
customers and technology partners, such as Google.
Californians looking to avoid projected $5-per-gallon gas
will be able to buy the gas-free Ford Focus Electric, save $10,000, and enjoy
high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane access after the car was just approved for
California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP).
California Focus Electric customers can apply to receive
a $2,500 tax rebate when the Focus Electric is purchased or leased for 36
months or longer. In addition to the state rebate, Focus Electric qualifies for
the existing $7,500 federal tax credit.
“Ford is providing customers the power of choice to
save money at the pump – from our gas-free Focus Electric to our innovative
EcoBoost technology that delivers leading gas-engine fuel economy,” said
John Viera, global director, Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters.
According to the Texas Transportation Institute’s annual
Urban Mobility Report, Los Angeles and the San Francisco-Oakland metropolitan
area rank No. 3 and 7, respectively, for the worst congestion in the U.S. In
Los Angeles alone, this congestion contributed to a total of 38 million gallons
of wasted fuel over the course of a year. This congestion costs the average Los
Angeles commuter an additional $1,464 a year.
In California, the cost to fully charge the Focus
Electric at night is between $1 and $2 – which enables 76 miles of average
driving. In a gasoline vehicle that gets a fuel-efficient 38 mpg at $5 per
gallon, the cost to drive that same 76 miles is $10.