Ford Declares Commitment to Electrified Vehicles (PHEVs, HEVs, EVs)

Ford released a teaser video for a plug-in vehicle to be announced at the North American  International Auto Show, January 11-24, 2016.

Ford is the top seller of plug-in hybrid vehicles and second in total sales of  electrified vehicles in America.  The company recently expanded its offerings in growing markets, including Taiwan and Korea, where the company offers the Mondeo Hybrid (equivalent to the Ford Fusion Hybrid). Ford also announced it is bringing the C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrid and the Mondeo Hybrid to China.

Ford is investing an additional $4.5 billion in electrified vehicle solutions by 2020.  Ford is adding 13 new electrified vehicles to its portfolio by 2020, when more than 40 percent of the company’s global nameplates will come in electrified versions. The company said this represents Ford’s largest-ever electrified vehicle investment in a five-year period.

Ford is accelerating the expansion of electrified vehicle battery research and development adding research and engineering capabilities in Europe and Asia.  The company has invested in a world-class battery research and development facility at the University of Michigan to accelerate advanced battery research and development.

March 2014 Ford C-Max Sales Up from February; Down from 2013

Ford Motor Company said today that 2,295 C-Max Hybrid and Energi vehicles were sold in March 2014, down 39% from March 2013.  There was a month-over-month gain of 24% over the 1,853 sold in February.  January 2014 was by far the lowest full-month for sales since the C-Max was introduced to the US market.  Sales have increased substantially since January.  Overall, Ford U.S. sales increased 3 percent from last year with Ford Fusion sales posting a record sales month of 32,963 cars, up 9 percent from last year’s record month.

Complete data on U.S. Ford C-Max Hybrid, Energi, Toyota Prius V and Plug-in sales are followed in another blog but published later, because Ford doesn’t report the division between Hybrid and Energi sales until a later date.

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Ford Sued over Use of Hybrid Technology

 

Ford C-Max Energi near Courthouse Towers

Ford C-Max Energi near Courthouse Towersin Arches National Park.

Paice LLC filed a lawsuit yesterday, February 19, 2014, claiming the C-Max and other Ford Hybrids infringe its patents on electric and internal combustion engine optimization to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions without a loss of performance.  Ford licensed one patent in a 2010 agreement.  The companies agreed not to litigate over other patents until January 1, 2014 to give time for a settlement.  Apparently, the companies couldn’t agree on a settlement.  Ford, seeking to preempt the lawsuit, filed a complaint in December in the Delaware Chancery Court seeking a court ruling that Paice couldn’t file a complaint under the terms of their 2010 agreement.  Paice has also sued Hyundai and Kia over the same patents.

A July 19, 2010, article in TechCrunch said, “Paice calls itself a ‘startup technology development’ firm. Because it doesn’t manufacture the technology it tests, patents and promotes, many have accused Paice of being ‘patent trolls.'”

An interesting article was published October 5, 2009 by HybridCars explaining the Toyota and Paice hybrid patent claims.  The lawsuit filed by Paice against Ford may have some aspects in common.

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