In late December, the U.S. congress extended a rule that gives consumers a 30% tax credit for electric vehicle chargers (EVSE). The maximum credit is $1000. The credit is for charger purchase and installation costs incurred in 2015 to 2016. For those of you that installed an EVSE in your home in 2015, the IRS didn’t have the required form (8911) on its website as I write this. It is the older 2014 form.
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.
On December 3rd, Ford announced that iPhone users with SYNC equipped vehicles dating all the way back to the 2011 model year will get Apple Siri-Eyes-Free capability. Siri Eyes-Free allows drivers to activate Siri with a long press of the voice recognition button on the steering wheel, similar activating Siri on an iPhone. The simple, downloadable update will be available through http://owner.ford.com/. I looked today (4th) and didn’t see the update at the website yet for my 2013 Ford C-Max Energi.