2012 Ford Focus Electric is now online with a starting price of $39,200*

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The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is now online at the Ford website’s configurator, and it shows the starting price at a whopping $39,200 before state and federal incentives, plus an additional $795 for destination charges. Ouch!

So after destination charges, you will be looking at $39,995 for the new 2012 Ford Focus Electric. The maximum federal tax credit is $7,500, and some states have a $2,500 environmental tax credit. This will total out the 2012 Ford Focus Electric at $29,995. Sound like a good deal? Not if you have to shell out $39,995 in the beginning, and that’s not including tax and registration.

In comparison, the 2012 Nissan Leaf has a starting price of $35,200 plus $850 for destination charges. That puts the 2012 Ford Focus Electric about $3,945 above the Nissan LEAF before the incentives. And if you are planning to add leather seat and other options, it will add at least another $1,200 to the total cost.

What do you get forĀ $39,200? For starter, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric is powered by an electric motor producing 123 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, and coupled to a single-speed transmission. The motor uses energy from a a 23 kwh lithium-ion battery system. It takes up to 20 hours for a full charge on a typical 120v outlet or 4 hours when using a 240v charger. For even throw in a solar power charging station for $10,000 as an option.

Electric cars are still expensive to own, and the saving is minimum when compared to hybrid cars. In addition, it will take years to see the saving. But if you love the environment and got the dough, by all means, go for it.

To reserve the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, click here for the online configurator at the Ford’s website.