Ford will roll out electric car trio
Ford will offer a choice of three distinct electric vehicles in its European showrooms by 2014 to complement its line-up of fuel-efficient petrol and diesel-powered vehicles.
Coming next year will be the new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and the Mondeo Hybrid. They will join the Ford Focus Electric, a zero-emission battery electric vehicle built in Saarlouis, Germany, which will arrive in Ireland in early 2014.
Ford is the manufacturer of the second-highest number of hybrid vehicles in the world. Its share of the electrified vehicle market has quadrupled in the past year in the US, where Ford recently announced electrified vehicle sales of about 46,000 units this year through June – a more than 400 per cent increase compared with a year ago.
A Ford-sponsored poll shows most Europeans are concerned about the environment and believe the biggest problem facing the world today is climate change. However, the survey of 6,000 people across Europe also found many people are unsure of how to lead a greener lifestyle, that most are committed to car ownership, and that the overwhelming majority see electrified vehicles as better for the environment.
Ford first produced an electrified vehicle exactly 100 years ago when it built an electrified version of the Ford Model T. The project between Henry Ford and inventor Thomas Edison was hampered by limited battery technology.