Ford announces Electric Vehicle plans for future
Posted on 09 Jan 2017
During the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ford made the surprise announcement that it is looking to make a major move in to the electronic vehicle market with the launch of vehicles featuring ranges of up to 300 miles.
The low emission vehicles set to be included in the new ranges include the introduction of a hybrid version of the legendary Ford Mustang as well as a plug-in hybrid Transit van, an SUV that is totally electric and an autonomous ride sharing vehicle. Also, the Ford F150 pick-up truck will see a hybrid version introduced by 2021.
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As part of the recent $700 million investment that was announced for the Michigan assembly plant by Ford, an additional 700 jobs will also be created. The increase in electronic vehicles by will see a total of $4.5bn invested worldwide as seven of the planned 13 “global electrified vehicles” were announced.
A key announcement at CES was that by 2020 Ford will have released a 100% electric SUV that will have a range of up to 300 miles and be available in the European, Asia and North American markets. Another feature set to be released is a wireless charging system that makes recharging your car as simple as just pulling into a parking bay.
Speaking about the plans to increase Ford’s share of the hybrid market Mark Fields, Ford CEO, commented that they plan “to be a leader in electrification, autonomy and also connectivity”.
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