Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric

Even with 900 EV Certified dealers set to be ready for action in Spring 2013, Ford says sales of its Focus Electric likely won't increase substantially.

Focus Electric window sticker

Focus Electric window sticker

Despite reduced lease rates and expanded availability of the Focus Electric, Ford sees only lukewarm sales of its only pure electric vehicle in 2013.

According to Ford, sales of its lone pure electric vehicle, the Focus Electric, will likely comprise no more than 5 percents of its electrified (hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-only) vehicle sales, at least in the foreseeable future.  In 2012, the Focus Electric, with sales of only 685 units, represented just 2 percent of Ford's total electrified vehicle sales.

But tepid sales aren't actually a disappointment to Ford.  As the automaker's group marketing manager, C.J. O'Donnell, told the Detroit News:

"Overall, it's meeting our expectations in the marketplace.  I think as we expand the footprint, by definition, we will get more customers."

O'Donnell isn't suggesting that sales of the Focus Electric will soon boom.  Rather, he sees slow but gradual growth.

As expected, nearly 90 percent of Focus Electric sales have been in California, but O'Donnell says it's not a compliance vehicle.  His response is that he hears the mention of compliance and believes it's too strong a word.  O'Donnell says that Ford's goal is to "offer customers choice."  And that's why the Focus Electric is available across most of the nation.  If customers want it, then it's available.

To sum it up, Focus Electric sales will likely increase in 2013, but not by much.

via Detroit News