After Ford CEO Alan Mulally revealed the new Ford Focus Electric car on The Late Show with David Letterman last week, new reports state the American automaker has postponed the release of its electric car to early 2012.
The much awaited battery-electric vehicle (BEV) was expected to make its debut before 2012 in 19 US markets (Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, San Diego, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, New York, Orlando, Portland, Raleigh Durham, Richmond, San Francisco, Seattle, Tucson and Washington, D.C.), but will now launch it only in the New York and California markets by the end of 2011.
Reports state the delay in the launch is probably due to the fact that Ford wants to prevent any problems that could pop up as a result of the new production technology which will be utilized in the manufacturing of the electric car.
The Ford Focus Electric car launch also marks another milestone for Ford since this is the first time that the automaker will include lithium-ion technology in the production of its vehicles. Customers are in for good news as Ford is reportedly partnering with solar provider, SunPower, and the move will allow customers to go solar.