Ford will offer a choice of three distinct electric vehicles in its European showrooms by 2014 to complement its line-up of fuel-efficient versions of the 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, and now on sale in Europe.
“Ford is leveraging our global experience and expertise to roll-out a range of electrified vehicles that offers a wide and compelling power of choice,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “European customers care deeply about the environment and are increasingly seeing electrified vehicles as a way of balancing those concerns with a commitment to car ownership.”
The company’s share of the electrified vehicle market has quadrupled in the past year in the U.S., where Ford recently announced electrified vehicle sales of about 46,000 units this year through June – more than 400% increase compared with a year ago.
The Focus Electric features an electric motor and lithium-ion battery powertrain that produces 142 PS, achieves a top speed of 137 km/h and has a driving range of 162 km. The 6.6 kW fully integrated on board charger can charge the 23 kWh liquid cooled lithium-ion battery pack in 3-4 hours, when plugged to 32 amp grid connection.
C-MAX Energi is Ford’s first production plug-in hybrid and combines hybrid electric technology with a 7.6 kWh lithium-ion high-voltage battery. It is targeted to provide CO2 emissions below 50 g/km and to run in pure electric mode for more than 30 km. Connected to a charging station it can be fully recharged in less than 3 hours.
The Fusion Hybrid will come to Europe as the Mondeo Hybrid and is targeted to reach fuel economy below 4.5 l/100 km and CO2 emissions below 99 g/km. It combines an internal combustion engine with an electric motor and battery, and is capable of driving up to 136 km/h (85 mph) on electric power alone. The combustion engine takes over for higher-demand operation and charges the battery, while electric power is used for vehicle launch and lower speeds.