BATTERY-CAR PLAN: Ford will add 13 new battery-powered vehicles to its portfolio by 2020.Image: Newspress
Cologne, Germany – Ford is investing $4.5-billion in electric vehicle solutions by 2020 as well as changing how the company develops vehicle experiences for customers – all to make people’s lives better by changing the way the world moves.
Ford will add 13 new battery-powered vehicles to its portfolio by 2020, when more than 40% of the automaker's global models will be available in battery guise. This represents Ford’s largest-ever electrified vehicle investment in a five-year period.
On the way next year is a new Focus Electric, which features all-new DC fast-charge capability delivering an 80% charge in an estimated 30 minutes and a projected 160km range – an estimated two hours faster than today’s Focus Electric.
'Hub and spoke' system
Ford also is expanding its electrified vehicle research and development programme in Europe and Asia this year, creating a “hub and spoke” system that allows the global team to further accelerate battery technology and take advantage of market specific opportunities.
Kevin Layden, director of Ford Electrification Programs, said: “Batteries are the life force of any electric vehicle, and we have been committed to growing our leadership in battery research and development for more than 15 years.”