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.

CA & MD 2016 Ford C-Max Energi Owners Get Free Charging

California and Maryland buyers between October 1, 2015 and October 1, 2016 of the Ford C-Max Energi  will receive free access for three years to the SemaConnect and NRG EVgo charging networks.  For information on enrolling, go to the EV 1-2-3 Charge website.  In the area of Southern California I’m currently in (Irvine), there are very few chargers on these networks.  For most customers, this is probably of minimal benefit.  I suggest you check out the map for charger locations to see how beneficial it would be for you.

US Plug-in Vehicle Sales by Company

CMaxEnergiChargePortNissanJ17721Plug-in vehicles are rather rare throughout the world.  InsideEVs tracks U.S. sales and a blog tracks worldwide sales.  It’s interesting that in the U.S., Ford often is often only second to Tesla for plug-in vehicle sales.  The pie chart below shows the sales for the year-to-date U.S. through September 2015.

With a worldwide perspective, Ford doesn’t sell many plug-in vehicles outside the U.S.  Ford has dropped from 5th place to 8th place for worldwide plug-in vehicle sales this year over last.  BYD and Mitsubishi are selling significant numbers of plug-in vehicles outside the U.S. where they are both virtually unknown in the U.S.  After discovering that Mitsubishi may finally ship their popular Outlander PHEV in the U.S. in 2016, I recently visited a Mitsubishi dealer in southern California.  The salesman and sales manager said they didn’t even know Mitsubishi had a plug-in Outlander let alone that it might be available in the U.S. next year, and this is in California, the EV capitol of the U.S.