Ford Focus Electric Buyers in CA Get up to $10k in Tax Credits and HOV Lane Access

Californians that may be interested in Ford’s new electric Focus now have two more reasons to buy the 2012 Focus Electric.

First, Ford has announced that the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board (CARB) has given approval for owners of the new 2012 Ford Focus Electric to drive in the state’s high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.

Second, Focus Electric owners will be able to receive up to $10,000 in tax credits between the state’s new $2,500 rebate and the eligible $7,500 federal tax incentive.

“Ford is providing customers the power of choice to save money at the pump – from our gas-free Focus Electric to our innovative EcoBoost® technology that delivers leading gas-engine fuel economy,” said John Viera, global director, Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters. “Californians have a legacy of embracing electric vehicles, and programs like the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program provide an excellent incentive for the continued wider adoption of electric vehicles.”

The Focus Electric is also now America’s most fuel-efficient five-passenger car with a certified 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating and 99 MPGe on the highway. The EPA-approved Focus Electric label also certifies that the car has a range of 76 miles on a single charge, while Ford claims that the Focus Electric can be driven up to 100 miles on a single charge depending on driving habits.

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric starts at $39,200 before the eligible tax credits.