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First Ford Dealers Certified To Sell Focus Electric

DEARBORN — The first Ford dealers have been officially certified to sell the company’s first all-electric car, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric.

The Focus Electric is America’s most fuel-efficient five-seater with an EPA rating of 110 MPGe city that is capable of being recharged in nearly half the time as Nissan Leaf.

The 67 dealers are in California, New York and New Jersey — markets that account for a large percentage of electrified vehicle sales and will begin seeing the Focus Electric later this spring. By the end of the year, Focus Electric will be available nationwide.

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 specialized training in the field of electric vehicles.

“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,” said David Gutman, Ford’s field operations manager.

With more motor power, standard features, passenger room and faster charging time than Nissan Leaf, dealers have been eager to start selling Focus Electric.

First, however, they had to satisfy a list of other 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
* At least one Focus Electric must be available at all times for demonstrations and events
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