If you thought that all the dealers in a rollout state that have met Fords sales requirement will be getting the cars at the same time. Then you are mistaken. While I was doing a search for dealers that are EV certified by Ford, I found out that not all the dealerships in one state will be part of the same phase of the rollout. The dealerships phase number is depended on when they met Fords EV certification. I did talk to one Chicago area dealership that was just completing its certification and was assigned phase 3. He did admit that FFE deliveries were estimated to be in early 2013. Each dealership gets allotment of FFE. If a dealership has sold its allotment, then ordering from a phase 2 or 3 may result in a quicker delivery. This is because once a dealership has used up its allotment it has to wait until a new one is assigned to it. If a dealership sells more than their allotment of cars may result in a longer delivery time.
Another thing was that most dealerships in the greater Chicago area I found were already certified EV or in the process doing so. But only three of these are part of phase 1B, and will be the first to get FFE. The good news is that most of the Ford dealerships will be qualified to sell and service the new Electric cars.
Phase 1A: California, New Jersey, and New York.
Phase 1B: Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
Phase 2: New Mexico, Indiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii