First 67 dealers certified to sell the 2012 Ford Focus Electric
2012-06-22 22:27:36 - First 67 dealers certified to sell the 2012 Ford Focus Electric
The first 67 dealers have been officially certified to sell Ford´s first all-electric car, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, America´s most fuel-efficient five-seater with an EPA rating of 110 MPGe city, that has the capability of being recharged in nearly half the time as a Nissan Leaf.The dealers, located across California, New York and New Jersey, account for a large
percentage of electrified vehicle sales market and will begin selling the Focus Electric later this spring. It is expected that the Focus Electric will be available nationwide, by the end of the year. Being given certification means the dealerships have met the automaker´s guidelines for dealers selling electric vehicles, including installation of at least two onsite charging stations and participation in highly specialised training in the field of electric vehicles.David Gutman, Ford´s Field Operations Manager said, "The amount of hard work and resources dealers put into becoming certified really is a testament to how excited they are, how excited customers are and how excited we are about electric vehicles, starting with Focus Electric."Dealers have been extremely eager to start selling the Focus electric, however before that could be possible they had to satisfy a list of requirements to become certified, including:- One of the two required charging stations at the dealership must be in the customer area and the other must be in the service area
- Of the sales consultant, sales manager, service advisor and service manager jobs at each location, 80 percent must meet specific electric vehicle training certification requirements that cover topics including advanced knowledge of electrification
- Participation in a Ford Go Green Dealer Onsite Facility Assessment to identify energy and cost saving opportunities with a goal of facilitating energy efficiency, lower operating expenses and carbon footprint reductionThe Focus range will soon be joined by the new 2013 Ford Fusion, aiming to be America´s most fuel efficient gas and hybrid powered midsize sedans, to help create one of the industry´s most fuel efficient car line ups. Focus Electric also offers a faster charging system that allows for a full recharge in nearly half the time of a Nissan Leaf thanks to a larger on board charger. A unique value charging feature powered by Microsoft is designed to help owners charge their vehicles at the cheapest utility rates.For more information on electric vehicle manufacturing in the US, see the latest information: Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Manufacturing in the US - Industry Market Research ReportFollow us on Twitter @CandMResearch
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