Focus Electric Nationwide By Year’s End. Plug-In C-Max, Fusion Energi Coming First Of The Year

5 years ago by Inside EVs Staff 8

It Is Not A Prius V, Its a Ford C-Max Energi

Currently Ford only sells the Ford Focus Electric in three states.  California, New York and New Jersey.  And inside those states, dealerships who want to sell the Ford Focus Electric have to be part of Ford’s “Certified Dealer Network”, which consists of training sales and service staff on electric vehicles, bringing in special equipment, installing two 240 (L2) charging stations, and greenwashing streamlining the dealership to conserve energy.

2012 Ford Focus Electric

To date, only 67 dealerships have been converted to accept Ford’s first electric vehicle, the Focus Electric.  However, Ford says that 16 more states will be added in the fall, and all states will have access to Ford’s “electric vehicle lineup” by year’s end, meaning the Focus Electric will be available across the country by Christmas.

While we realize that “Ford’s electric vehicle lineup” at the moment, consists only of the Focus Electric, certified dealers are expecting more plug-in sales help in the near future.  A lot more.

Nationwide, at all 3,200 Ford dealerships, the C-Max Hybrid goes on sale in September, but for the specialized EV dealerships, they will be getting the C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi plug-ins to sell alongside the Focus Electric just a few months later, beginning in early 2013.

Coming Soon: 2013 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In

Ford has said that C-Max Energi plug-in will best the numbers of the Plug-In Prius, which achieves 87 MPGe and 11 miles of all-electric driving.  Early estimates put the C-Max plug-in’s all electric range at 20-25 miles.

The Fusion Energi has an expected efficiency rating of over 100 MPGe from the EPA when it goes on sale next year.  That triple digit number would best not only the Prius plug-in, but the Chevrolet Volt as well, thanks in part to a next generation CVT transmission and an Atkinson Cycle gas engine.  Full electric range for the Fusion is expected to be more than 25 miles.
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8 responses to "Focus Electric Nationwide By Year’s End. Plug-In C-Max, Fusion Energi Coming First Of The Year"

  1. Schmeltz says:

    Out of the 3 plug-in vehicles Ford will offer, I think the Fusion Energi will have the best sales rate, although I expect it to be pricey too. If they will offer it for say $35000, and then have it qualify for the $7500 tax credit, it would be $27,500. That is the territory of the current Fusion Hybrid (non-plug-in), Camry Hybrid, and VW Passat diesel, and with double the fuel efficiency of any of those.

    I saw the Fusions at the Detroit Auto Show this year and they are even better looking in person than in the pictures. Well done Ford.

  2. jsamp says:

    I don’t know where insideevs are getting their information, but everything I’ve read and heard (including an interview with a Ford executive) says that the Fusion Energi will have an all electric range of 20-21 miles.
    I think Ford is playing the game of balancing price vs range. As Ford has stated, a 20 mile range and 100 MPGe for the fusion would beat the Prius PHEV and nearly match the gas MPG. Focusing on the Prius as the main competition may be a mistake. Personally, I think 20 miles is too short an all electric range, but a larger battery to go more miles would cost more too.

  3. MrEnergyCzar says:

    Does the plug-in Fusion drive electric at highway speeds? Or is it like the Plug-in Prius and Accord Plug-ins?

    MrEnergyCzar

    1. staff says:

      The Ford Fusion Plug-In has a max speed of 62 mph on electricity alone.

  4. James says:

    The Fusion and Focus are handsome cars and remind me of the European Fords I’ve been lusting after since I was a kid. Give me enough range with the Fusion plug-in, and I’m all-in. I would trade our Leaf today for the Focus if it were available in Arizona. Nicely done, Ford.

  5. NTG says:

    20 mile range?? Wow, that’s going to kill it compared with the volt which has an EPA range of 35 MPG. I have a Volt and love the look of the Fusion and would have considered switching, but I consistently get 48-55 miles out my Volt on a daily basis in all electric mode.

    The Prius plug-in is a joke. Come on, the thing costs $6,000 more than a regular Prius and you get 12-15 miles of electric range. Considering a regular Prius already gets 50 MPG, that means you will save a whopping 0.3 gallon per day on fuel. 90% of people travel more than 15 miles a day. so 0.3 x $4.00 means a savings of $1.20 per day in fuel, not counting the cost you’ll spend to charge the car. so in 5,000 days, you’ll have made your money back by spending the extra $6,000 for the plug-in option!!

    Currently Toyota has a 3 yr lease for the base model prius at $2,999 down and $299 per month. Total of payments and down over 3 yrs equals = $13,763

    Chevy has a 3 yr lease for a Volt with 0 driveoff and $369 month for a total 3 year cost of $13,284 and you get 35-50 miles a day of gas free driving with it, saving you an additional $4.00 per day.

    Or the better way is say 50 MPG for the prius for 36,000 miles = 720 gallons of gas.
    In the volt, you could spend nothing, but lets say you drive 50/50 gas/electric. 18,000 miles divided by 35MPG in gas mode = 514 gallons of gas to go 36,000 miles. For most though, it will be much less. So you just saved 206 gallons of gas at $4.00 per gallon for an additional savings of $824 over 3 years.

    And last I checked, there are no rebates or tax credits on the regular Prius. If you live in California, they will write you a $1,500 check as soon as you buy the Volt and you get a $7,500 tax credit from the Federal government for a total of $9,000, bringing the total 3 year cost of a volt vs. a Prius in at over $10,000 less. SERIOUSLY, $10,000 less to drive a Volt for 3 years than a Prius. And as already noted above, the plug-in Prius will take 5,000 days to save the $6,000 price premium over a regular Prius, so it’s even more when compared with that car.

    I loved the thought of the Fusion if it was comparable in range, but at 20 miles, it just doesn’t make any sense. For an electric car to make sense paying the price premium, it has to go 40 miles a day on electric only. Chevy’s exact thoughts that most people commute less than 40 miles a day when designing the car.

    It really is a no brainer between the 3 cars. Again, $10,000 less to own a volt vs. a prius and likely a much bigger savings over the new Fusion, unless they price it at $30,000 or less, but that aint gonna happen. And at only a 20 mile range, it won’t qualify for the full $7,500 FED tax credit.

    1. Jay Hollenkamp says:

      I love your numbers. I am a Volt owner and have done similar calculations (note, the 2013 Volt has range rating of 38, not 35 like the ones we own). However, I do dispute your rebate claim, as that’s built into the lease and goes to the leasor, not the leasee.

      One note of interest, I’ve determined that if I drive more than 90% of my 36,000 lease mile on electricity alone, I will have spent the same amount as I would have if I had leased the cheapest car, while, all the while, driving what I think is a really great car.

  6. NTG says:

    Oh, and I forgot to mention, the Volt is eligible for Carpool lane stickers in 5 states, including California, with more on the way. The Prius is not. Not taking anything into account but the lease deals offered on both cars, the Volt is $479 cheaper over 3 years and has an EPA fuel mileage of 95 MPG vs. a Prius at 50 MPG. And again the Prius lease is for the bare bones Prius with no options. The base Volt is far more well equipped and a similarly equipped Prius would be another $85 per month in lease payment ($3,060 over 36 months).

    Then add in $9,000 in rebates/tax credits and the HOV sticker and the Volt really is a steal. And….in three years, the tax credits will likely have run out, making used Volts highly valuable. KBB has already estimated the resale value to be a whopping 90% after 1 year.