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Old 11-24-2010, 02:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Why a 19 city rollout and not 15 states?

All the other electric car makers announce roll-out areas by state, but Ford has announced specific cites:

Atlanta, Austin and Houston, Texas; Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Orlando, Fla., Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va., Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

Is this so they do not have to have infrastructure or dealer training? Having a city roll-out instead of a state I think means anyone could still get it in the state, but would have to go to that city to pick to up and get serviced. Is this just so Ford only needs a handul of dealers across the country cwho have the skillz to work with this car instead of thousands?
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Old 11-25-2010, 02:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All the other electric car makers announce roll-out areas by state, but Ford has announced specific cites:

Atlanta, Austin and Houston, Texas; Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Orlando, Fla., Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va., Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

Is this so they do not have to have infrastructure or dealer training? Having a city roll-out instead of a state I think means anyone could still get it in the state, but would have to go to that city to pick to up and get serviced. Is this just so Ford only needs a handul of dealers across the country cwho have the skillz to work with this car instead of thousands?
Never thought about it this way, intersting. Probably is so ford can keep a tight handle getting the cars handled right at first. Anyone could get the car i am sure, even if you are not in that state, but you would have to make plans to pick it up there and bring it back if there as problems
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I'm glad Atlanta is one of them. Now the questions are how much, when, and will I be able to get one.
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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City's make sense from the standpoint of this being an electric only vehicle. Thus, the FFE has to be a local commuter, plus these larger cities are probably targeted for early charging station roll outs.

But GM did target some city/geographic regions with their roll out. For instance there selection of the DC area. In GM's case they specifically launched in areas where they have been weak, and the Prius was strong. Talk about trial by fire!
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