whitgallman
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Location: Charlotte, NC

Focus availability

Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:55 pm

For the first few months of production, we will be concentrating on California and New York.  Our dealers in those areas will be the first to have their retail orders scheduled and receive the Focus Electric.  We will be rolling out to the remainder of our initial markets starting in Spring 2012, including Raleigh/Durham. 
 
Does that help? 
 
David Finnegan
Electrified Vehicles Marketing Manager │ Ford Motor Company

evluv
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Re: Focus availability

Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:22 am

Did you email David about the Ford Focus Electric and that was his reply? Or are you David?

I notice that although the email says the Ford Focus Electric will be sent to California and New York in the first few months of production, there is nothing stating any sort of time frame for that. Spring 2012 is when it rolls out to the rest of the initial markets, but the California and New York roll out of the Ford Focus Electric is happening? next month? February 2012?

redEV
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Location: Chicago

Re: Focus availability

Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:52 am

Apparently they also ignored the initial launch city list they published as well by stating 'first few months' (Chicago was among them) ... really too bad, but if the car simply isn't ready everyone else needs to wait ...

evnow
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Re: Focus availability

Sun Aug 07, 2011 5:33 pm

whitgallman wrote:For the first few months of production, we will be concentrating on California and New York.  Our dealers in those areas will be the first to have their retail orders scheduled and receive the Focus Electric.  We will be rolling out to the remainder of our initial markets starting in Spring 2012, including Raleigh/Durham. 
 
Does that help? 
 
David Finnegan
Electrified Vehicles Marketing Manager , Ford Motor Company
Wow - that is big news. Looks like they are pulling a Nissan by only having minimal sales in '11 and starting real deliveries from Mar '12.

FocusSkeptic
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Re: Focus availability

Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:00 am

This is too bad. I really wanted to buy my first EV from an American company, but I hedged my bets and ordered a LEAF (hoping to cancel when the Focus release was announced), and now I am glad that I covered both bases.

Hopefully Ford will be able to draft the Volt and LEAF EV success with new adopters becuase I think all the early adopters will have already purchased their EV/EREV's before the Focus makes it to where Nissan & Chevy will have been selling for at least 6mos.

rfruth
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Re: Focus availability

Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:25 am

Nothing new but "Report: Ford Focus Electric launch pushed back to spring 2012"

http://green.autoblog.com/2011/08/08/fo ... ring-2012/
current = 2010 Fusion hybrid

evnow
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Re: Focus availability

Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:36 am

Wow - this thread - despite the lukewarm response here - is making waves, including MSN Autos.

http://editorial.autos.msn.com/blogs/au ... c&ucsort=2

rabbit
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Re: Focus availability

Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:34 pm

whitgallman wrote:For the first few months of production, we will be concentrating on California and New York.  Our dealers in those areas will be the first to have their retail orders scheduled and receive the Focus Electric.  We will be rolling out to the remainder of our initial markets starting in Spring 2012, including Raleigh/Durham. 
 
Does that help? 
 
David Finnegan
Electrified Vehicles Marketing Manager │ Ford Motor Company
Here in NC, where the plug-in conference was a few weeks ago, we are very disappointed with Ford's decision to delay the Focus Electric. I wonder if this decision means that Ford is re-evaluating whether to release the Focus Electric at all. For sure Ford seems to be on tippy tippy toe and very very hesitant about it.

Also, as a number of people pointed out that more people visited during "electric vehicle night" here than did a year ago in CA, it hurts our feels a bit, too, that once again release here trails behind. :D

admin
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Re: Focus availability

Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:59 am

Ford has apparently responded to these comments (according to the Wall Street Journal).

http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/2011/ ... -schedule/

A spokesman for Ford has said that the release is on schedule, with the initial Ford Focus Electrics being sent to the California and New York markets, with the ramp up to other areas starting in 2012.
"It was never our plan to have 100,000 cars on the market in December," he says, adding that rolling out a new car "isn’t like introducing a new iPad."

Dave_M
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Re: Focus availability

Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:29 am

I ordered one and paid the deposit almost a month ago.
The dealership told me that it should be 6 to 8 weeks for delivery.
At this time the dealership still can't even get a VIN from Ford.
I cant see how they can possibly make the delivery date.

I was on the fence deciding Volt/Focus but now that it looks like there are going to be delays I might have to rethink my decision and go with the Volt.

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