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Ford Focus EV  (Source: Ford)
Focus EV will be offered in limited numbers for 2011

The focus of much of the automotive industry today is on the development of hybrid and full electric vehicles. Some of the companies like GM and Nissan are already fielding EVs and hybrids.

Other car brands like Ford are taking a more cautious approach to the EV and hybrid market. Ford has several hybrid vehicles on the road today and plans to offer full electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids over the next few years. 
The Detroit News reports that Ford exec Sue Cischke outlined Ford's electric vehicle timetable at an electric car even in Washington.

Part of the details that Cischke revealed included the fact that the all-electric Focus that is expected in 2011 will not see significant production numbers until 2012. She said, "We had always said 2011, which we'll still do, but I think you'll see more of the concentrated volume in 2012. Right now, we're getting ready to provide a little bit slower entry."

Cischke declined to offer a specific number of Focus EVs that will this the roads next year, but did hint at the number. She claims that the initial production volume of the Focus EV will be in the middle of the production numbers of the Volt and the Nissan Leaf. GM has already stated that it intends to build in the 10,000 to 15,000 range the first year of the Volt and Nissan plans 20,000 of its Leaf EVs the first year.

Cischke said, "I think it's going to be somewhere between the two when we first start out. Certainly, if it was very popular, we'd be able to get more batteries and do what we need to do."

She also talked a bit about the driving range of the Focus EV stating that the 100-mile driving range number is necessary because the battery packs will degrade over time. That statement hints that in some conditions the range may be higher than 100 miles. Cischke said, "You need to have some margin there."

She also noted that Ford plans on watching how GM and Nissan market their EVs and will learn from their wins and losses. Cischke also noted that if the Focus EV proves to be very popular in the first year, Ford can get more battery packs and increase the production numbers as needed to meet demand.



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By hsr0601 on 10/20/2010 7:49:05 PM , Rating: 2
* EVs : A Game Changer with massive Potential.

1. The wave of plug-in cars might be a big boon to electrical utilities so they can afford to broaden smart grid & renewable energy base.

2. Better still, they will charge mostly overnight with the untapped, or mostly WASTED electricity without having to build another power plant, as hydro & Wind & nuclear power plants keep operating around the clock.

3. Wind energy & e-cars charging overnight would be a perfect paring.

4. Used Batteries Can Be Used In Smart Grids. As EVs become more widely available, they are also churning out the used batteries down the road.

5. EVEN AFTER :

To the best of my knowledge, the battery in EVs manages to power houses for upwards of 3 days or so. Also, for a majority of motorists, their driving time is claimed to stand at around 1 hour.

While most people pay more attention to the expensive battery, by storing power from cheaper off-peak periods, the battery in EVs is able to power a house during expensive peak periods, even better, sell excess power back to the grid simultaneously, EVEN AFTER its automotive life.

6. Batteries will become more efficient on the whole and their price will drop, whereas the oil will simply go up and up as it becomes more scarce. As simple as that.

7. It is expected that EVs have the promise to help lower car accidents courtesy of the simple operation & quiet driving condition & less stress.

8. As we move on to electrification, as a bonus, the cost of gas prices would be stabilized.




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