The Rise of Electric Vehicles on European Roads

Automobile manufacturers concentrate their production efforts on new full-electric vehicles and new hybrid models as gasoline prices rise globally and people become more aware of cars’ damaging effects on the environment. Ford Motor Company has been developing plans for eco-friendly automobiles to be more common on the roads for years—especially in North America. Ford has pledged to launch five fully electric and hybrid car models in Europe by 2013 as one of several measures it is now undertaking to provide the people additional fuel-efficient vehicle options. Ford’s global electric vehicle strategy includes this plan. Both the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and the amount of fossil fuel consumed will be significantly reduced by using electric and hybrid vehicles.

Although environmental protection ought to be at the top of people’s lists when they shop for a new car, the hybrid car movement is still in its infancy, and the full-electric car is still something of an enigma to most buyers. Price, range, and overall performance are often the top factors for the majority of buyers in the market when purchasing a new vehicle, according to a poll conducted by Consumer Reports. 

The availability of electric charging stations is another factor for those who might be considering purchasing an hotels ev charging. People are more likely to purchase if they know it will be simple to “charge up” the vehicle conveniently. Ford, however, has a vision to offer millions of people a wide selection of top-performing, fuel-efficient, “green” vehicles.

In a press statement, Ford of Europe Chairman and CEO John Fleming said, “These new advanced technology models are important to Ford’s promise to offer a portfolio of alternative power train cars internationally and to European customers in the next few years.”

The Transit Connect Electric is Ford’s first fully electric vehicle to be on sale. This vehicle, a tiny van, is frequently used by workers who must transport large amounts of merchandise. Electric charging stations will be installed at the office so that workers can refuel before heading out to do their daily tasks. 

The New York Auto Show in 2010 showcased this all-electric car. A lithium-ion battery and a 40 KW, 300-volt Siemens electric motor are said to power the car for up to 120,000 miles in total. A test driver praised the Transit Connect Electric’s “smooth, quiet ride” and said that it has an 80-mile range. The car would need six to eight hours to charge when linked to a 240-volt outlet fully.

The Ford Focus Electric, due out in 2012, will be the following vehicle in Ford’s lineup of electric vehicles for its global electric vehicles ambition. Lithium-ion batteries will power this car alone. An all-battery powered car produces no pollutants. 

With a 220-volt plug, the charging time is six to eight hours, and the range is up to 100 miles. The vehicle will also have a convenient interface that provides the driver with detailed information regarding the battery charge and range. A small electric car with a contemporary look is the Focus.

According to Nancy Gioia, Ford Director of Global Electrification, “Ford is committed to helping lead the way to identify innovative solutions and ensuring that electrified vehicles can bring advantages to our customers, the environment, and our business around the world in a sustainable way.”

Then, in 2013, Ford will release two variants of the C-MAX: a hybrid-electric variant and a plug-in hybrid-electric variant. Ford’s new 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine will debut in the C-MAX, which will also be the first hybrid-electric vehicle type to be introduced in Europe. The seven-seat conventional gas-powered C-MAX was introduced in North America for the 2011 model year. 

A smaller variant will be created for the hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric models debuting in Europe. The cars, which are only intended for the European market, will be produced at the Ford plant in Valencia, Spain. According to Fleming, the all-new Ford C-hybrid-electric MAX’s and plug-in hybrid-electric versions “are fantastic news for the Valencia factory and region, for Spain, and Ford consumers across Europe.”

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