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By Nick Chambers ·
January 07, 2011

Ford Unveils Focus Electric, Claims Better Driving Dynamics Than Other Electric Cars

After showing off the new MyFord Mobile smartphone app this morning—which will allow remote monitoring and control of all future Ford plug-in cars—Ford today unveiled the final production version of the Focus Electric, set to be launched in 19 markets later this year. The Focus Electric provides many features that make it an enticing EV package, including higher speed charging, highly customizable displays, and liquid cooled/heated batteries.

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By Nick Chambers ·
January 06, 2011

Ford Unveils MyFord Mobile App to Remotely Monitor and Control Plug-in Cars

Ahead of the company's official unveil of the Focus Electric at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas tomorrow, Ford has unveiled the MyFord Mobile app. The new app will allow future owners of the Focus Electric—and all future Ford Plug-ins—to remotely monitor such things as battery status, estimated range remaining, and charging progress as well as control grid-powered pre-heating/cooling and set charging schedules.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 15, 2010

Ford Will Launch Focus Electric in 19 Markets, Spanning Much of the U.S., in 2011

In the past, Ford has said its strategy to make an electric car using an already successful platform gives it a leg up on its competition because the existing manufacturing volume reduces costs. It looks like having that volume might also provide the company with another advantage: bringing the Focus Electric to more markets at launch than any of its competitors.

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By Nick Chambers ·
September 02, 2010

Ford Focus Electric Will Get Liquid-Cooled Battery System to "Maximize Range"

Ford's first mass-market, consumer-oriented battery electric vehicle offering, the Focus Electric, won't be reaching consumer hands until the end of 2011. After letting us know that the car would use lithium-ion battery cells supplied by LG Chem subsidiary, Compact Power, Ford today said that the Focus' battery pack would rely on active liquid cooling to achieve greater range and long-term reliability over a wide variety of climates.

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By John Gartner ·
August 25, 2010

Ford EVs Connect With Portland, GM Swings and Misses

In advance of the launch of the Ford Transit Connect Electric van and other EVs, Ford started a 14-city promotional tour in Portland, Oregon on Monday. Ford will sell limited numbers of Transit Connects later this year and electric Ford Focus' later in 2011.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 14, 2010

Obama Touts Advanced Battery Jobs, Ford Announces Focus EV Supplier

Ford has announced that LG Chem subsidiary, Compact Power Inc., will assemble battery packs for its forthcoming Focus EV at its Troy, Mich. factory. On Thursday, President Barack Obama will appear at a groundbreaking ceremony at the plant, which is the beneficiary of $151 million in federal stimulus money.

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By John Gartner ·
June 02, 2010

For EV Charging, You Can’t Beat Free

The San Francisco Bay Area and eight cities will receive nearly 5,000 charging stations and residential charging equipment courtesy of the federal government. The Department of Energy has funded a $15 million project that will provide equipment from Coulomb Technologies of Campbell, California. Coulomb has not announced pricing or availability for its upcoming residential charging product, but CEO Richard Lowenthal assured me that it would be available in advance of any electric vehicle deliveries.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 31, 2010

Ford Announces $135 Million Investment in Hybrids and EVs, 220 New 'Green Collar' Jobs

Ford will be investing $135 million in Michigan, creating 220 so-called “green collar jobs” in the Detroit area. At an event at Ford's new Ypsilanti battery plant, executive vice president Mark Fields said that the new money would turn the plant into a “center for excellence in vehicle electrification.”

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 17, 2010

Ford Benefits From Magna's Experience Developing EV1

Let it not be said that the EV1 was a complete tragedy. Magna participated in the EV1 project for the last three years of development, contributing to the design and manufacture of its electric powertrain. Founder and chairman Frank Stonach says that the lessons the company learned from the EV1 have been invaluable.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 10, 2009

The Tale of Three Detroit Electric Car Programs

Chrysler is killing its dedicated electric car program. General Motors is moving forward with its sleek electric-drive Caddy. What do these news flashes tell us about Detroit’s prospects in the bold new era of EVs and plug-in hybrids? And what about that other Detroit car company?

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