From Henry Ford’s original assembly line to the new aluminum-alloy body of the Ford F-150, Ford has always prided itself on innovation. Ford engineers work hard to refine their designs and create vehicles that draw on the company’s illustrious past while keeping their sights set on a sustainable future. This is no more apparent than in Ford’s current electric and hybrid vehicle lineup, as well as their commitment to create more electric and hybrid vehicles. In addition to the models below, Ford has pledged to offer at least one hybrid powertrain option for all eight models in their 2020 SUV lineup, as well as a having a hybrid Mustang in development! For now, read on to learn about the current vehicles in Ford’s electric and hybrid lineup.
Electric and Hybrid Engines
Ford’s current range of electric and hybrid vehicles fall under three categories/engine types.
Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Vehicles under the hybrid electric vehicle category were designed to oscillate between a gas powered engine, electric motor, or combination thereof to deliver the best fuel economy and performance for the driving conditions. A regenerative braking system, as well as the engine, actually help recharge the vehicle’s battery, negating a need for it to be plugged in.
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle
The plug-in hybrid offers the same functionality of the above hybrid engine, only with the option of being plugged in as well — in either a standard 120-volt outlet, or the 240-volt outlet. This allows you to drive your vehicle fully electric on short trips, or dense stop-and-start traffic, while giving you the performance of a hybrid at higher speeds.
Say goodbye to gas stations and oil changes — the all-electric vehicle is powered solely by a rechargeable battery and has zero CO2 emissions. The vehicle must be plugged in to fully charge the battery, but Ford-branded 240-volt home charging stations are available for purchase and installation, thanks to Ford’s partnership with AeroVironment™.
Ford also has its EcoBoost and Power Stroke (based on the EcoBoost) diesel engines which, thanks to a clever combination of turbocharging and direct injection, offer exceptional fuel efficiency and lower emissions than comparably powered engines.
Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
The engines above are offered in a range of Ford’s vehicles, with more on the way. Currently, eight different Ford models offer the EcoBoost engine, making it the most prominent of the fuel efficient engines Ford produces. The Ford Fusion and C-Max are both offered as hybrid vehicles, as well as plug-in hybrids, while the Ford Focus is currently the only all-electric vehicle available.
Why Buy Electric and Hybrid Vehicles?
Ford’s electric and hybrid vehicles are excellent choices for the modern driver, whether you prize fuel economy or having a smaller carbon footprint. The hybrid vehicles work especially well for those living in crowded urban centres with a need for better fuel economy. In addition, many provinces offer large rebates for purchasing electric and hybrid vehicles, along with accompanying charging stations. Of course, the all-electric vehicles with their zero CO2 emissions will make you feel good about your environmental footprint, or lack-thereof.
Team Ford is supportive of Ford’s continued efforts of designing smarter vehicles and making the world a better place. If you want to know more about Ford’s electric and hybrid vehicles, contact Team Ford and learn how you can help make a difference as well.