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Published on November 4th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

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You Can Pre-Order the Electric Ford Focus for $40,000

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November 4th, 2011 by Zachary Shahan
 
Well, okay, $39,995, but I didn’t want to sound too much like a car salesman. Anyway, here’s the news from sister site Gas2:

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  • http://twitter.com/vetxcl T. Lester

    No thanks. I live in a city and public transportation is the best, when it’s raining or snowing.

  • Omsaihari

    Ford should focus on electric buses and mass transit transport systems. Why crowd the roads with more cars so that fools can kill themselves or maim others? I do think that the original Henry Ford would have shifted to mass transport methods if he had lived into this century.

    • Anonymous

      The reason is because many people want personal transportation. It’s just that simple.

      Life using mass transit is easy if you live, and spend almost all of your time, in densely populated urban areas. Especially if you don’t have small children or physically challenged adults to move from place to place.

      But many of us are not urban singles.

      I’ve spent a lot of time in Bangkok and, there, public transportation works and makes sense. Where I live most of my life, the last time a bus came by my house was….

      The bus has never come by my house.

      Some years back there was a weekly van to town, but that was down at the highway, a 3.5 mile walk. Not a half block from apartment building to subway station.

  • Anonymous

    $39,995 MSRP
    – 7,500 federal rebate
    – 5,000 California rebate
    – 3,000 San Joaquin Valley rebate
    $24,495 for some buyers.

    Figure that it will cost more than thousand dollars a year less to drive than a 40MPG gas Focus and the math isn’t looking bad for some. Maybe a five year break-even between the EV and an nicely outfitted gas Focus.

    In Colorado there’s a $6k rebate which would make it $26,495. Other states also have rebate programs.

    That said, is will be nice when manufacturers can get battery prices down and subsidies can be eliminated.

    I was just thinking earlier this evening about how I paid a bit over $8,000 (2011 dollars) in 1983 for a 30 MB (yes, mega) hard drive. That’s $266,667 per gig (if I didn’t screw the math.)

    Now I can buy a 1TB drive for $130. That’s $0.13 per gig. And the drive will be much faster and much more reliable.

    There’s no appreciable difference in what was used to manufacture the two drives. No pounds of “unobtainium” in the 30 MB drive. Just years of learning how to make the product more efficiently.

    Something similar should happen with EV batteries. Perhaps not a 2,000,000x cost drop, but even a 4x – 6x drop would make EVs very affordable.

    • Anonymous

      Hummm….

      I just checked NewEgg. I can get a TB for $0.09/gig.

      That’s about a three million x drop.

      Can you imagine what would happen if EV batteries were to drop to below the price of an internal combustion engine and capacity doubled to 200 miles?

      Bye-bye gas pumps….

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