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Old 10-25-2011, 03:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Focus EV Nominated for Green Car of the Year Award

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is one of five cars nominated for the Green Car of the Year Award.

Looking at the field of contestants, I would conclude the Focus EV has a very good chance of winning. There is only one other electric competing the Mitsubishi i. The Mitsu i is a subcompact, it is slower and has less range. Using standard L2 it charges half as fast as the Focus EV. The Mitsu uses air thermal regulation, while the Focus EV features the more effective liquid thermal regulation.

The Mitsu does have a dc fast charge option. Although there is a looming standards battle, and with Ford, GM and VW et al endorsing a different standard, Mitsu and Nissan Leaf owners may run into issues finding chargers that work with their ports down the road.

One thing the Mitsu i has going for it is the price. Around $21k after the tax credits. Pricing has not been announced for the Focus EV, but is thought to be around $35,000 before the tax credit. Judges may be swayed by the affordability factor here and select the Mitsu based on the belief that the Mitsu will be a more acceptable car based on price.

The other vehicles nominated include the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas, 2012 Toyota Prius V and 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI.

Some in the media think that natural gas is being improperly ignored by auto manufacturers. The problem with natural gas is the lack of a national delivery infrastructure. Also when demand peaks for nat gas the price has a disturbing habit of sky rocketing.

The Toyota and Volkswagen are amazing gasoline and diesel technologies, but even when comparing them to dirty coal powered sources of electricity, electrics still come out ahead. Donít see anyway those cars can win.

This isnít the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award, but still it is a nice feather in the cap, especially for automakers who are looking to beef up their green creds.

Given that many of the judges are domestically based, and the superiority of the Focus EV features, it definitely has to be considered the front runner.

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Old 10-25-2011, 06:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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he 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas vehicle winning the Green Car of the Year award from Green Car Journal at this year's 2011 LA Auto Show surely shocked many and changed the psyche.

The start of this fading halo effect for the EV, however, actually began earlier than that; in fact, as early as the NAIAS 2011 in Detroit, in this writer's opinion. Just one year prior to that, a special setup at NAIAS called Electric Avenue captured media and public attention on the main floor. Then in 2011, Electric Avenue moved special displays to the larger basement with rides and drives (see photo), but many EVs remained on the main floor stages, in essence joining the ranks with all the rest of the mainstream vehicles. That was a pivotal moment.

Point is, halo vehicles and technologies come and go; itís the way of all things automotive. So, the moment that EVs became integral with the mainstream, it literally defined the beginning of the dimming of the EV halo effect; and there is no relighting of the wick unless a new technological advance comes into play.

The situation became cemented even more with the official release of the Chevrolet Volt, which had won the same Green Car award in 2010. While GM touted a 35-40 mile EV range, many had forgotten that just one year earlier the range was touted by GMís PR and the media as 40-45 miles. Furthermore, the price of the car at $42K defined economic reality and sealed its fate as too expensive for the masses, and that was despite a government subsidy that has the potential to set the vehicle up for its own economic doomsday that will surely occur the moment those subsidies stop coming.

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Ford's Focus is getting some nice attention to the Electric vehicle market. It competes against the pioneers like Nissan and General motors and continuously moving forward for further development of the integration of electric powered motors.
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