Ford is currently taking pre-orders on the 2012 Ford Focus Electric vehicle, and most of the general public will have to wait well into the New Year to reserve a shot at getting one. There are many benefits to working for an internet search company/global powerhouse like Google, and now you can add access-to-not-yet-released cars to the list!
Google’s Ford Focus Electric is the first 2012 Focus Electric off of the production line as far as anyone seems to know (although it was delivered before Christmas and information about it was just released today).
No information was released as to what Google plans to do with the vehicle, but rumors are floating the Google plans to use the Ford Focus Electric in it’s autonomous vehicle program, a research project at Google that creates self-driving vehicles. Google has already logged almost 150,000 unmanned miles on California roads with only one crash – and that was when the vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle.
The Ford Focus Electric is the first of many vehicles that Ford has planned for the coming years – Ford is hoping the Focus Electric will receive a MPGe rating of over 100MPG which would beat the Nissan Leaf, and give the 112MPGe Mitsubishi i-Miev a run for it’s money.
The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is the first 5 seater all electric vehicle to hit the market with a 100 MPGe rating and will offer faster charging than the Nissan Leaf at 240 Volt outlets.
Ford is expected to release more Ford Focus Electric vehicles soon in California and New York/New Jersey. Following that, Ford will start expanding availability to the 19 rollout cities it originally planned on.