I thought readers may be interested in the response I got from two dedicated EV buffs (both partners of mine at EVWorld Associates) when I asked them why they favored the electric version of the Ford Focus (to be released later this year) over the Nissan LEAF.
Detroit’s Big 3 have big plans for hybrid and electric vehicles. The Motor City was founded on the combustion engine and is striving to makes its return using exciting new battery, engine and powertrain technology.
As the world is becoming environmentally conscious, consumers are considering more than price and
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Ford Focuses on Battery, Engine Innovation and Trucks on Through
Ford’s goal of electrifying its fleet appears to be running on all cylinders. The company is creating battery electric versions of both of its award winners –2009 Car (Focus) and Truck (Transit Connect Van).
Because energy storage will make or break the arrival of electric vehicles, Ford has joined GM in bringing the battery pack assembly and management under its tent.
Ford is investing nearly $1 billion in manufacturing facilities in Michigan that will include hybrid, battery-electric and plug-in vehicles as well as the lithium ion battery packs. Ford manager of global electrified fleets Greg Frenette explained that “there’s a strong tie-in marrying battery control…. to the rest of propulsion, and we’re in the best position to manage that.”