More than 900 Ford dealers are certified to sell plug-in electrified vehicles.
The surge in EV Certified Ford dealers reflects increased demand for the company’s electrified vehicles.
Greater customer access to vehicles such as Focus Electric, C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi is a necessity as
electrified vehicles go mainstream – research shows the number of customers considering plug-in hybrids has grown to 25 percent.
DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 6, 2013 –Strong demand for Ford’s three new plug-in vehicles has Ford certifying hundreds more dealers to sell them than expected – including 900 to be certified by spring and make Focus Electric, C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi available in all 50 states for the first time.
The 900 dealers represents about one-third of all Ford dealers in the U.S., triples Ford projections for the time frame and are an increase of 200 from November 2012, the second full month C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid were available.
Sales show these hybrids are resonating with customers, further strengthening the case for dealerships to certify. Ford delivered a record January hybrid sales month, following a record-breaking electrified vehicle sales quarter in the fourth quarter of 2012. Ford expects to announce today record January sales for Fusion Hybrid.
Certification allows dealers to sell Focus Electric, C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid. Certification isn’t necessary for a Ford dealer to sell C-MAX Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid. Ford announced the certified dealer program in February 2011.
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