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Ford explains electric vehicles


November 25, 2010
by Fleet Management staff

Ford has launched a new website explaining electric vehicle technology. The site goes into detail on all-electric, hybrid-electric and plug-in electric vehicles, offering visitors videos, text and interactive diagrams explaining the technology and how it works.

The site also tackles the myths and benefits of going electric.

Ford is on track to produce five hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles for the North American market by 2012 and European markets by 2013, including the introduction of a full battery-electric Ford Transit Connect in 2011, and a battery-electric derivative of the next-generation Ford Focus, due in 2012.

Vehicle users will have the option of recharging Transit Connect Electric and Focus Electric with either a standard 240V or 120V charge station for optimal recharging. The vehicles will come with a transportable cord for remote recharging. A battery electric vehicle’s onboard lithium-ion battery pack is charged by connecting the charge port to a power outlet. Inside the vehicle, an onboard charger converts the AC power from the electric grid to DC power to charge the battery pack.

Ford’s battery electric vehicles are expected to offer fleet customers lower cost of operation, because recharging with electricity is generally less expensive than filling up with gasoline. Users may also benefit from much lower maintenance costs over the life of the vehicle.

Visit the new Ford site at: http://www.ford.com/technology/electric/.