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The Battery-Driven Car Just Got a Lot More Normal

The New York Times -- CRITICS of electric vehicles say they are too expensive and lack sufficient driving range. But I wonder if those gripes would disappear if the E.V.’s on sale weren’t so — let’s not mince words — homely. I adore my all-electric Nissan Leaf, but its wide rear end, bulging headlights and odd proportions evoke a Japanese gizmo aesthetic that doesn’t necessarily appeal to mainstream American car buyers.

Enter the handsome 2012 Ford Focus Electric, the first all-electric car from an American automaker in the 21st century. Ford will begin selling the electric version of the new Focus in the next few weeks in California, New York and New Jersey, followed by 19 additional markets in the fall.


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Submitted May 05, 2012 By: fordfreak
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honda0105
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Message Posted: May 7, 2012 5:50:44 AM

it's still not getting the range and I can't charge it during the day, so I won't get back home. Until there's a longer range, EVs are out of my range (in miles and in cost).
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remay
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 1:08:36 PM

range (of the vehicle) and infrastructure mean everything. Look at the Prius. Is it REALLY an attractive vehicle?
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NedW
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 5:57:26 AM

"If you put lip stick on a pig..."

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tomok
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 3:13:13 AM

Battery-Driven a Lot More Normal?
It does Not matter what Brand or Model it is, Inbreds and EV's are too high priced for me. With the high price of purchasing a new EV or Inbred, I will drive my current vehicle into the ground before buying anything new, used, EV, Inbred, diesel, hydrogen, alternative fuel, CNG, concept or anything else.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost, if possible.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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Dodge_Me
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 1:45:09 AM

Good for Ford, nice to see, made in USA. But the first American made, umm how about the GM EV-1, or how about the first car ever was battery operated and made in America, true it is mentioned 21st century but we have only 12 yrs in the 21st century. Gee, I made my first steak in America since last week. :-)
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ammamama13
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 1:04:58 AM

ok
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alterman156
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:59:41 AM

Good idea from Ford. Hopefully the range can be increased as technology allows.
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kgbellman
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:54:15 AM

Still a bit pricey, but would be ideal for my 7 mi commute to work
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JimL1
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:50:23 AM

It is about time for Ford to try to catch up with the rest of the world.
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:48:15 AM

ok
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cmsense
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:46:22 AM

Battery technology will provide the tipping point, R&D will make it happen.

TIGERPAW46 "Current govt. Black Balls petroleum and coal"-NEWSFLASH!!! THE ENERGY INDUSTRY IS RUNNING THIS GOVT.

[Edited by: cmsense at 5/6/2012 12:50:02 AM EST]
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TIGERPAW46
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:46:16 AM

WRONG, not just what we need. So you have a nicer looking too expensive short range vehicle. You still have batteries using Rare Earth Elements we have to be dependent on Foreign Countries to purchase. An Electric Grid system in the USA that can hardly supply the current Electricity. A grid that will take Billions of dollars & 60 + yrs. before it can supply energy to about 60% of the people at todays energy demand which likely will be higher need by then & therefore less than 60% of the need by then. Meanwhile Electricity cost will soar, not only to recharge vehicle batteries, but home & business Electricity also. While the Current Government black balls Petroleum & Coal, our least expensive means of Generating that Electricity. Also they want Carbon Taxes on both in addition to every other way they can push those prices high enough to match Solar or Wind cost to generatye electricity. Oh yea let's not forget using our tax dollars to supplement sales by rebates for the few, while the majority are footing the bill.

[Edited by: TIGERPAW46 at 5/6/2012 12:46:38 AM EST]
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TheGaseous1
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:45:56 AM

"It's Electric!" -the commercial theme song, Electric Slide... right?!

http://youtu.be/JFMtBibwrgY
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malfrog1
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:43:31 AM

get the price down
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:37:13 AM

Good
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tedjm1
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:33:24 AM

But there is no suitable infrastructure. Without it, all people cannot own electric vehicles, only those who own homes or have their cars garaged with access to an electric outlet.
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papa56NC
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:31:51 AM

I don't think so.
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:30:09 AM

ok
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philthethrill
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:29:51 AM

sounds like the right way to do it
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miser709
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:29:41 AM

Electric cars are not the answer.
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bbigred
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:29:22 AM

EV's are not for the economy-minded or the poor...way too expensive
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jdc17327
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:28:00 AM

okay...I have mixed feelings also about these cars.
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GasholeMI
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:27:52 AM

I am not a naysayer but I do look at results. So far the results are mostly hype and I would not buy one.

Does anyone remember the wankel engine that was supposed to revelutionize car engines?
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:27:17 AM

ok
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fsuford
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:25:15 AM

There are lots of naysayers, but I do think that the technology will improve and it will be a great alternative. Go Ford!
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:23:30 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:22:00 AM

not for me
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:21:53 AM


350 miles per charge, that takes about 5 minutes!?!?!??! Really????

What?

NO.

Oh well. Never mind...

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frostyWV
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:20:25 AM

still isn't gonna help.
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LCSTEELERBOB
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:20:23 AM

WILL IT EVER BE A NORMAL RIDE
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BobD2009
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:20:20 AM

The EV is not for me.
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:19:49 AM

Will never work for me
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:19:43 AM

Good luck with that. Let me know how that works out for you!
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OilOnTheCheap
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:18:22 AM

Ford is on the right track. However, the range needs to increase and the base price needs to decrease for me to consider purchasing one.
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Bigwaynef
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:17:10 AM

They're great for the golf courses...
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Zonk
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:15:30 AM

I am negative on the EV until it will deliver 300 miles per charge minimum.
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:14:20 AM

Could be...
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DEG
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:13:35 AM

Still too limited range. If it can't go 500 miles on a charge I am not interested. If it cost more than $20K; I am not interested.
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:13:22 AM

Ok.
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:13:05 AM

ok
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:12:26 AM

good
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:11:08 AM

ok
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:11:06 AM

I agree with heartbroke 2010.
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:10:31 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:09:56 AM

Gotta love Ford!
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:09:34 AM

COOL!
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:08:53 AM

send to China,
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rawdog1313
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:08:39 AM

I'm all for it........just make them affordable.
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 12:08:37 AM

EV's are an option for high mileage commuters, but for low mileage drivers its tough to justify the additional purchase price even if its amortized over the life of the vehicle....
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He loves his Nissan Leaf and writes for the NY Times. Translation: he is a turd.
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