With the 2013 Ford Focus Electric contributing 81 sales to the total, January deliveries of electric vehicles in this country reached 4,376 units. Now, neither of those totals may seem very impressive at first glance, but the latter mark represented a jump in volume of more than 270 percent as compared to January of 2012, and the former number should begin climbing rapidly thanks to the latest news from the Blue Oval—and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
First off, the 2013 Ford Focus Electric has now joined its traditionally powered sibling on NHTSA’s list of five-star overall safety performers. It's not a surprise, but it is still a particularly important feat for any EV to accomplish without stumbling. Of course, it also means the Focus Electric provides superior safety performance in NHTSA’s evaluations for occupant protection in front- and side-impact scenarios, as well as for rollover resistance.
And that’s on top of the car’s EPA-certified all-electric driving range of 76 miles, the highest efficiency mark in city driving of any five-passenger vehicle in America (110 MPGe), and industry-first charging technology that lets drivers fully recharge the 2013 Ford Focus Electric in just three to four hours.
But it’s not just advantages like these that will help grow volume for Ford’s growing lineup of electrified vehicles …