Ford goes small and electric with its "C-segment" vehicles
Not to be outdone by GM and Nissan, Ford Motor Company says it is delivering on a promise to make more small, fuel-efficient cars for consumers.
At the North American International Auto Show today, the company is showcasing 10 new "C-segment" cars. The company says the vehicles are "fuel efficient smaller cars that people really want."
Three of these cars will have big batteries in them:
- The Ford Focus Electric
- The Ford C-MAX Energi
- The Ford C-MAX Hybrid
Ford says they'll start producing these cars in late 2011 at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI.
The Focus Electric is Ford's first "fuel-free" passenger car. They expect to deliver the electric Focus to consumers by the end of this year.
The company says the Focus Electric will travel 100 miles on a charge and will recharge in half the time of the all electric Nissan Leaf. They also say the Focus electric will offer a "mile-per-gallon equivalent better than the Chevrolet Volt and competitive with other battery electric vehicles."
The Detroit Free Press has a quote from Ford executive chairman, Bill Ford:
"Ford is doing the same thing that my great grandfather did with the Model T. We are bringing leading edge technology to the market on a larger scale. We are offering a range of electrified vehicles."