At the Consumer Electronic Show today, Ford demonstrated linking smart devices like Amazon Echo and Wink to its vehicles to allow consumers to control lights, thermostats, security systems and other features of their homes from their car, and to stop, start, lock, unlock and check their vehicle’s fuel range from the comforts of their home. Ford is developing ways to pair millions of SYNC®-equipped vehicles globally with home automation devices or smart home products. For more on this topic, read the Ford press release, “Smart Cars Meet Smart Homes” or watch the Ford video with a C-MAX on youtube.
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.
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.