Ford Motor Co. has chosen notoriously green-friendly Portland as one of 19 cities to launch their all-electric Focus in 2011.
The Focus Electric will be available late next year in the initial markets, which also include Seattle, the automaker announced Monday.
Ford execs don't fret, at least publicly, about launching the Focus Electric a year after the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt. Nissan has also picked Oregon as an initial market, planning to introduce its plug-in here next month.
"That's not necessarily a bad thing," said Lance Buchanan, Ford business development specialist based in Bellevue, Wash. He reasons that more charging stations will be installed by the arrival of the Focus Electric, which has a sticker price that hasn't yet been announced.
Read more at OregonLive.com.