Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group VP of global product development said today that in ten years, 1/4 of Ford’s global sales could come from electrified vehicles and hybrids. Kuzak spoke of Ford’s electrification plans today at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, along with CEO Alan Mulally and other Ford executives.
In 2010, 1% of Ford’s global sales were from electrified products, and the manufacturer hopes to have this number reach 2%-5% by 2015. The goal is to provide consumers with more electrified options, as the company is currently working on both mid-size and compact electrified vehicles.
Ford will offer five electrified vehicles in the US by 2013. The Dearborn automaker unveiled the 2012 Ford Focus Electric this morning. It will go on sale later this year.
Refresher: The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is powered by a 100-kilowatt electric-motor with a 23 kWh batter. Working together the system produces 123-hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Ford says that the Focus Electric can travel at a top speed of 84 mph and has a total range of up to 100 miles on a single charge. With the 240-volt home charging station, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric can reach full charge in 3 to 4 hours. On a standard 120-volt outlet, the Focus Electric will take up to 20 hours.
– By: Stephen Calogera
Source: Automotive News