For Ford and Nissan, electric car sales still slow in the US
NEW YORK, June 8 — Ford has revealed the first sales figures for its Focus Electric vehicle.
The Detroit giant confirmed for the first time this week that it has sold just 16 Focus Electric models in the US since production began in December, shifting six last month and eight in total this year.
In fairness to Ford, May was the first month that the Ford Focus Electrics were delivered to retail customers, but the US sales figures suggest that the Focus rollout will be even slower than that of its rival, the Nissan Leaf.
By comparison, figures compiled by Autoblog Green suggest Nissan has sold 2,613 Leafs this year, while Toyota has sold 2,740 Prius Plug-Ins and Mitsubishi has shifted 300 of its “i” minicars.
A total of 67 dealers are certified to sell the Ford Focus, with current rollout plans suggesting that the model will be available nationwide by the end of the year — a European launch is also slated for later in 2012.
Although the Leaf’s sales are positively blossoming in comparison to the Focus Electric, Nissan is reportedly still worried about the figures, this week unveiling an overhaul in the way the car is sold.
Instead of centralised reservations that require pre-ordering, the Japanese automaker is moving to a system that will see Leafs in dealers for anybody to buy, it confirmed this week.
The lease rates, used by many purchasers to mitigate the high cost of the vehicle, have also been slashed in the US to US$289 (RM896) a month for the base SV model on a 39-month contract. — AFP-Relaxnews