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Ford promises electric car for 2011

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Via Ecogeek

 

Ford announced that they'll have a commercial electric van available in the US in 2010, followed by an electric car in 2011.  The car will be based on the Fusion and marketed in urban areas. They're aiming for the car to have a 100 mile operating range and a production run of between 5,000 and 10,000 units.

 

Good to see another big automaker jumping on the EV bandwagon.  It would be great to have a 100 mile per charge pure EV from a major automaker in the next few years.

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About a month ago, Autoblog ran an article about the Ford electric van.  Looks like that one will be based on the European Ford Transit.

 

Ford's business plan submitted to Congress a few weeks ago indicated that the Detroit-based automaker would be offering a "full battery electric vehicle in a van-type vehicle for commercial fleet use in 2010." Up until this point, we were left to speculate on the basis for the new EV, but Ford CEO Alan Mulally has now revealed that the new Blue Oval van will be based on the European Ford Transit that's scheduled to hit U.S. shores in the summer of 2009.

 

I agree it's great ot see another big company on board.  I think if they're going to get any kind of bail out or government support, they should at least have concrete plans to introduce alternative vehicles to the standard gasoline kind.

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Totally, and I like the van concept.  And that's really impressive they're supposed to introduce it so soon, this summer.  It will be interesting to see the specs on that bad boy.  The question arises - if they can produce an electric van, why not an electric car?  But assuming they follow through with this electric car concept, that answers the question.

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I think that it's the standard Ford Transit (gasoline engine with 19 city/24 highway MPG) that's being introduced this summer, and the electrified version will be ready in 2010.  Assuming they don't push it back, it's still a decent timeline and hopefully it will get some good fleet adoption.

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Oh yeah my bad, you're right.  2010 for the (electric) van and 2011 for the car.  But still, it seems kind of counter-intuitive that they could get a big electric van developed before an electric car.  But maybe it's easier because they don't need to produce as many for fleets.

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