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Until now only 67 certified Ford dealers will sell the new Focus electric.

Not any dealer will have the honor to sell the new Focus electric, and so only 67 were selected until now. Each dealer must have complete specialized training in electric vehicles, at least two onsite charging stations and a Focus Electric in stock for demonstration purposes.

The model will be launched first in California, New York and New Jersey later this summer, followed by 14 other states among which Texas, Washington, and Virginia. The car is expected to be available nationwide by the end of 2012. Ford declared that there will be four phases of rollout, with the third phase opening other nine states among which Hawaii, Ohio and New Mexico. Phase four will bring the new Focus electric to the rest of America.

“Ford is giving customers the power of choice for leading fuel economy regardless of what type of vehicle or powertrain technology they choose,” said Eric Kuehn, chief nameplate engineer, Focus Electric.

The new Focus Electric features 143-hp with a 23 kWh lithium-ion battery and for now is the most fuel-efficient, five-passenger vehicle in America, with a 110 MPGe rating in the city. The price starts from $39,200.