Posted on 14 October 2009
Ford Motor Company has announced their plans for releasing battery electric vehicles. The first battery electric Ford Transit Connect will be available next year. Ford Focus will also be available as a plug-in electric car by 2011. Ford has confirmed that the Ford Fusion hybrid will be available as a plug-in vehicle by 2012.
Ford has 15 prototypes of the Ford Focus currently in testing. The BEV (battery electric vehicle) is also part of a new charging infrastructure in Britain. The infrastructure will be available to the public in 2010. The Focus BEV prototype is based on the gasoline version of the Ford Focus. It comes equipped with a new all-electric powertrain.
Posted on 06 May 2009
Ford is planing a new battery-electric version of the Focus for the North American market in conjunction with battery maker Magna, slated to debut in 2011.
“In the worst of times worldwide, we’re here today to celebrate a plan to profitably grow Ford,” CEO Alan Mulally said. “We’re fighting for the soul of manufacturing in the United States of America and worldwide.”
The battery-electric Focus will run up to 100 miles without using gas or emitting greenhouse gas.
“We’re building the highest tech vehicle in our fleet here in Michigan,” Chairman Bill Ford Jr. said. “It going to be a critical step toward the commercialization and ultimately the acceptance of electric vehicles.”
In addition to the battery-electric Focus, the Ford is working with Smith Electric to sell a battery electric commercial vehicle for North America in 2010, the Transit Connect. It also plans to introduce in 2012 a next-generation hybrid vehicle and a plug-in hybrid vehicle.
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Posted on 09 March 2009
Ford’s CEO Alan Mullaly recently spoke reporters at an economic conference saying that “in 10 years, 12 years, you are going to see a major portion of our portfolio move to electric vehicles.”
Ford has already revealed plans for an electric commercial van, the Ford Transit Connect (pictured above) to be sold next year 2010, an electric sedan by 2011 and a hybrid SUV for 2012. Mullaly went on to explain that he believes that although in ten years internal combustion engines will have seen vast improvements, the main focus of the entire auto industry will be all-electric cars instead as opposed to hybrids.
He also stated, that low oil prices are only temporary and that prices will continue to go up over time.
Even if this does turn out to be all just hot air, it does seem to be a sign of the times when a company like Ford predicts electric cars to be produced almost exclusively within 10 years.
Posted on 09 February 2009
Yesterday Ford announced that its first fully electric vehicle will be a van, an electric version of the 2010 Transit Connect.
The electric van will be produced and sold in North America along with a 2.0 liter gas version.
There is still no word on what kind of battery the Transit Connect EV will use or even who is supplying it. We do know that it will be outfitted by Smith Electric vehicles who the Ampere for the EU. If the specs are similar the Transit Connect specs would see it have a 100 mile range and a top speed of 70 mph.
The Transit Connect will be able to be outfitted as either a small passenger van or for a package delivery service. A Price has not been announced for Ford’s first electric vehicle.
Ford has its second all electric vehicle for North America, a sedan, set for release in 2011.