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7 electric cars to watch in 2012

By: Melissa Hincha-Ownby on Jan. 6, 2012, 10:08 a.m.
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Ford Focus Electric

Production of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric has officially begun. Ford’s five-passenger, all-electric Focus is being produced at the company’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne. The 2012 Ford Focus Electric, which is expected to top 100 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent), will have an optional 240V charging system that can fully recharge the battery in just over three hours. The 240V system also allows drivers to quickly recharge at community charging stations, expanding the vehicle’s daily range. Initially, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric will be available only in California and the New York/New Jersey areas, but vehicle availability will expand to a total of 19 markets throughout the year.