Ford Moves in Right Direction With its Hybrid Program


Detroit News - July 21, 2011

Ford’s hybrid pro­gram is tak­ing the com­pa­ny in the right direc­tion. Its hybrid pow­er­trains and bat­tery packs are almost inde­struc­tible, and the program’s evo­lu­tion con­tin­ues with its next gen­er­a­tion of gas-elec­tric hybrids and full-elec­tric vehi­cles. Ford’s hybrid sales have grown steadi­ly but not sig­nif­i­cant­ly this year. After launch­ing the hybrid Ford Escape in 2004, the 41 mpg hybrid Fusion came next fol­lowed by the Tran­sit Con­nect Elec­tric. The Focus Elec­tric will roll out lat­er this year to be fol­lowed by the C-Max hybrid next year. The suc­cess of Ford’s elec­tri­fi­ca­tion will depend on its bat­ter­ies, espe­cial­ly the lithi­um-ion, which can hold almost three times the pow­er in less space.