Ford Focus Electric Californian owners get HOV approval, $2,500 tax rebate

If you live in California and are considering buying the new Ford Focus Electric – we have some good news for you. Ford has confirmed California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board (CARB) has given approval for owners of the new 2012 Ford Focus Electric to drive in the HOV lanes.

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California Focus Electric customers can also apply to receive a $2,500 tax rebate when they purchase the electric hatch. Along with the state rebate, Focus Electric qualifies for the existing $7,500 federal tax credit – bringing the total tax credit to a whopping $10,000.

“Ford is providing customers the power of choice to save money at the pump – from our gas-free Focus Electric to our innovative EcoBoost technology that delivers leading gas-engine fuel economy,” said John Viera, global director, Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters. “Californians have a legacy of embracing electric vehicles, and programs like the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program provide an excellent incentive for the continued wider adoption of electric vehicles.”

Refresher: The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is powered by a 100-kilowatt electric-motor with a 23 kWh batter. Working together the system produces 123-hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Ford says that the Focus Electric can travel at a top speed of 84 mph and has a total range of up to 100 miles on a single charge. With the 240-volt home charging station, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric can reach full charge in 3 to 4 hours. On a standard 120-volt outlet, the Focus Electric will take up to 20 hours. The Focus Electric achieves a certified 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating and a 99 MPGe highway. Prices start at $39,200.

– By: Omar Rana