Ford to Release Two Electric Vehicles This Year

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by Lon Seidman

Ford’s 2013 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid.  Ford photo.

FORD is set to release two plug-in vehicles this year, responding to competing vehicles from General Motors, Nissan, and Toyota.

The automaker is ramping up production of its all electric Focus, delivering the first vehicle to Google last week. The electric Focus has a range of 80-100 miles, with Ford boasting it can fully charge in 3 hours – half the time of Nissan’s Leaf using a 220 volt charger.

Like other electric vehicles on the market, the electric Focus comes with a premium price – $39,995 before a $7,500 federal tax credit.

by Lon Seidman

 


 

Ford’s 2013 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid.  Ford photo.

FORD is set to release two plug-in vehicles this year, responding to competing vehicles from General Motors, Nissan, and Toyota.

The automaker is ramping up production of its all electric Focus, delivering the first vehicle to Google last week. The electric Focus has a range of 80-100 miles, with Ford boasting it can fully charge in 3 hours – half the time of Nissan’s Leaf using a 220 volt charger.

Like other electric vehicles on the market, the electric Focus comes with a premium price – $39,995 before a $7,500 federal tax credit.

Ford this week surprised some observers by announcing a second plug-in vehicle, the 2013 Fusion Energi.  The mid-size Sedan will feature a hybrid system similar to its current model that utilizes an electric motor paired with a 4 cylinder gasoline engine. On a full charge the vehicle can travel up to 20 miles fully electric provided it does not exceed 62 miles per hour.

 

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