Archive
2014
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
2013
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2012
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2011
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2010
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2009
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2008
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2007
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2006
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Feb. 27, 2011

Getting There (Part 2) – Ford’s Focus

by Carl Flatow

Post on Twitter
Share on Facebook

Peeling back another layer at the Ford website reveals an array of Hybrid & EV vehicles in a drop-down tab. In this display there are the Fusion Hybrid and the Escape Hybrid listed with prices and stats, indicating current availability. Below these is a row marked “Future Vehicles” which included the Focus Electric, identified as “Coming Late 2011.” I found no listing for any Focus Hybrids, here.

While there’s a link to a preview page for the 2012 Focus Electric on the website (that got me to fill out the electronic coupon to “get updates”) I didn’t see availability details. There was a promise of “5 new electrified vehicles over the next three years” in the associated promo video. There is also an informative interactive comparison section on the site which illustrates the differences between gasoline, hybrid EV, plug-in hybrid EV and all-electric Fords, as well. Ford’s “Biggest Launch Ever” shows some promise. We shall see how it pans out.

Part of my skepticism comes as a result of some dashed hope I suffered when trying to follow the bread crumbs to the one electric vehicle described as “Available Now” even though it was in the row of “Future Vehicles” on this Hybrid & EV showcase page. After a link brought me to one local dealer a phone call to their showroom stopped me in my tracks. When I asked about the availability of the Transit Connect EV I was told that it was NOT yet available. A search for vehicles of this configuration at Edmunds.com came up empty within a 200 mile radius of my home in the metro NYC area. Interestingly enough, this vehicle is advertised as having an electric powertrain by Azure Dynamics.

About Carl Flatow

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Science Friday.

Science Friday® is produced by the Science Friday Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Science Friday® and SciFri® are registered service marks of Science Friday, Inc. Site design by Pentagram; engineering by Mediapolis.

 

topics