Category Archives: Ford

Ford to build Michigan’s largest solar array

More news from Inside EV’s: Ford to build Michigan’s largest solar array.

Interesting, to me, of note is this quote:

The project, funded by DTE Energy, will provide employees with 360 covered parking spaces and 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles such as the company’s Ford Fusion Energi and C-MAX Hybrid Energi. A kiosk will also be on site offering general information to visitors about solar power and specific details about the Ford carport.

No mention of the FFE? (It is mentioned later on in the press release when they talk about the solar array at Michigan Assembly where the Focus and C-Max are built.) Was this an oversight, simple error, or does it indicate that the FFE may not have a future? Am I reading too much into this one statement–most likely! LOL

 

Now this is an interesting revelation..

Compact Ford Plug-in Hybrid Coming on new C2 Platform in 2018

This news all but confirms the plans for a “Focus Energi” coming in the near future (as Inside EVs also points out). The speculation there is that it will also include the Escape as a Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid which would make a lot of sense for Ford to do since it was so successful with the old Escape Hybrid.

What will all this mean for the Focus Electric? Time will tell. Many worry that Ford will kill it at some point–I don’t have this pessimistic opinion simply because Ford needs the FFE to be in compliance with CARB laws (even if it has a stable of plug-in hybrids). My hope would be Ford would take the lessons learned with the FFE and apply them to larger cars–I’ve seen wild speculation that Ford would produce a 200 mile+ range BEV Lincoln MKS–now that would be some car! (I doubt that will happen though: Ford is far too conservative to attempt something that ambitious.)

Think about it though: Since Ford has recently been giving people many different powertrain options (look at the Fusion: you can get a standard engine, turbo, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid) they should also add EV to that mix (not necessarily for all models). Since many are on the same platform they could conceivably do this with the Focus, Escape, C-Max (although the article above seems to think the C-Max will be going away), and possibly the Fusion:

  • Standard gas engine
  • Ecoboost gas engine for more mpg
  • Hybrid for even more mpg
  • Plug-in hybrid for even more mpg
  • EV for no mpg

Even better yet: They should advertise that they have these things (when is the last–or even first–time you saw a Focus Electric commercial?).

 

Ford installing more chargers…

Here is an interesting development:

Ford Motor Company in conjunction with GE, will supply vehicle charging stations at Ford facilities nationwide, beginning with facilities in and around its headquarters.

This is in addition to the 200 or so that they installed in prior years. This is a huge commitment to electrified vehicles on Ford’s part. With this kind of investment it would seem that plug-ins are here to stay for Ford….