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Ford announces $4.5bn, five-year investment in electric vehicles

11 December 2015

Ford plans to invest an additional $4.5 billion in electric vehicles, adding 13 new electric models to its portfolio  by 2020.

Battery packs being assembled at Ford's Rawsonville Plant in the US (photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company)

The first of these will be a new Focus Electric, which features an all-new dc fast-charge capability delivering an 80 percent charge in an estimated 30 minutes and a projected 100-mile range (according to US standards). The new Focus Electric, which starts production late next year will provide European and North American customers with the following features:

- SmartGauge with EcoGuide LCD Instrument Cluster, which offers a multitude of customisable displays that can help the driver see real-time electric vehicle power usage.
- Brake Coach: helps the driver apply smooth braking to maximise the energy captured through the regenerative braking system, which is then returned to the vehicle’s battery.
- 'Fun-to-drive' character, with agile steering and handling engineered into the vehicle to give drivers a more connected feel to the road.

At the same time, Ford is expanding its electrified vehicle research and development programme in Europe and Asia, creating a 'hub and spoke' system that allows the global team to accelerate battery technology and take advantage of market specific opportunities.

Ford is also expanding in Europe and China to accelerate battery technology research and development for new markets. Using hardware-in-the-loop techniques, the global team will test battery technology and control system hardware in a virtual environment to simulate how batteries and control modules would behave in different – often punishing – environments in any part of the world.


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