Just last month, Ford started accepting orders for the 2012 Focus Electric. Now, Ford says in a press release that it’s starting production of the new EV, which the automaker expects to be “the first five-passenger, all-electric car to achieve more than a 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) fuel efficiency rating.”

Ford hasn’t provided a breakdown of city and highway estimates, but says that the Focus Electric’s 100 MPGe is better than the Chevrolet Volt and all electric vehicles with seating for five.

“The Focus Electric is a shining example of the leading fuel economy Ford is offering for each new vehicle,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Ford Global Product Development. “Whether people want a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full battery-electric vehicle, we have a family of vehicles for them to consider, providing a range of options to best meet their needs and support their driving habits and lifestyles.”

Ford says that the Focus Electric can charge in half the time of a Nissan Leaf using a 240-volt outlet, which means the EV should have a full charge in three hours. Consumers can expect up to 30 miles per charge hour. Additionally, a Microsoft-powered value charging feature will help owners charge the Focus Electric at the lowest utility rates, which should lower the cost of ownership.

Initially, Ford plans to roll the Focus Electric out to select markets. “A limited number of Focus Electrics will first be available in California and the New York/New Jersey areas in the new year,” says The Detroit News.

As production ramps up, Ford says it will launch the Focus Electric in a total of 19 markets, which include “Atlanta; Austin and Houston, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Los Angeles; San Francisco; San Diego; New York; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; Seattle; and Washington, D.C.” The Focus Electric starts at $39,200 before a $7,500 federal tax credit.

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