Ford Invests $4.5bn in Electric Vehicles, Says 40% of Models Will Have EV Option by 2020
The $4.5 billion investment is Fordâ€™s largest electric vehicle investment in a five year period.
The new Focus Electric will be the first off the line. It is scheduled to start production in late 2016. In addition to its all-new DC fast-charge capability, which will deliver an 80 percent charge in an estimated 30 minutes and projected 100-mile range, the new Focus Electric will include the following energy-efficiency features:
- SmartGauge with EcoGuide LCD Instrument Cluster: Customizable displays that can help the driver see real-time EV power usage to help maximize vehicle efficiency.
- Brake Coach: A smart feature that coaches the driver on how to use smooth braking to maximize the energy captured through the regenerative braking system. The more energy a driver captures through braking, the more energy is returned to the vehicleâ€™s battery
According to Ford, the dramatic increase in the number of electric models is in response to increasing global trends calling for cleaner, more efficient vehicles.
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