DEARBORN, MI - The Ford Focus Electric offers a charging station that Ford developed jointly with Leviton, a leading North American producer of electrical devices. The unit simply plugs into a 240-volt outlet, instead of being hard-wired into the electrical breaker box. As a result, removal and replacement of the unit is simple, should the owner decide to change locations. 

"We're delivering an industry-leading charge station that offers customers not only the best value, but also tremendous flexibility," said Mike Tinskey, manager of vehicle electrification and infrastructure for Ford Motor Co. "It's just one part of how Ford is making Focus Electric a simpler driving solution for customers." 

Manufactured in the United States, the unit features an exterior housing made out of up to 60 percent post-consumer recycled material. The unit also is compatible with all upcoming Ford plug-in vehicles. 

"Leviton has a long history of providing commercial and residential electrical power delivery solutions which are easy to use and backed by industry-leading service and support," said Mike Mattei, vice president and general manager for Leviton's commercial and industrial business unit. "Our Evr-Green electric vehicle charging products continue that tradition and add another solution to our growing portfolio of green products and services." 

Ford is working with retailer Best Buy to sell the charging station and offer complete consultation and installation services through its Geek Squad subsidiary and third-party licensed electrical contractors. Based on current plans, the Focus Electric home charging station with standard installation is expected to retail for approximately $1,499. The unit also will have a limited 10-year hardware warranty.