Geneva, Switzerland – Ford Motor Company has announced that it is extending its global electric vehicle plan to Europe with five full electric or hybrid vehicles coming by 2013. The company made the announcement at the Geneva Motor Show.
Ford will launch two zero-emission full battery-electric vehicles, including the Transit Connect Electric commercial vehicle in 2011 and the Ford Focus Electric in 2012. Three other vehicles, including two next-generation gasoline electric hybrids and a plug-in hybrid, will be introduced in 2013.
“We recognize that one technology does not work for all our customers,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice-president of global product development. “Our electrification strategy and plans include hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles to best meet our global customers’ needs. Leveraging our global platforms is also central to this strategy and allows us to build on our strong product lineup in the most customer-driven, affordable way.”
Ford is participating in two specific European trial initiatives to demonstrate the technology in real-world driving conditions, and to generate feedback to help further develop the Focus and Transit Connect electric vehicles for market acceptance in Europe.