By: Lisa Harper
Ford has announced its plans for the extensive electrification of its European car range. This major overhaul of numerous models highlights Ford’s commitment to staying relevant in a changing industry which is increasingly pushing the production of lower emission vehicles.
Ford is understandably starting this process with two of its most popular models the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus, which will both be available with a mild hybrid system in the coming year. We can also expect a brand new Ford Kuga with a variety of hybrid options, a plug-in hybrid Tourneo and a fully electric Transit van, which will all be hitting our streets over the next couple of years.
However, Ford is keen to ensure that in electrifying its range it doesn’t alienate any of its customers so is offering a wealth of different options. Engineering boss Joerg Beyer has said that this varied approach and “nuanced powertrains strategy” is necessary as “every customer’s circumstances are different.”
Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus
Both the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus will gain a mild hybrid system which will use a 48V battery mated to a 1.1-litre EcoBoost engine. The regular alternator will be replaced by a generator that’s able to recoup energy usually lost during braking, to charge the 48V battery. This energy can then be fed back to a motor which supplements the engine during acceleration, filling the gap normally left by the turbo lag.
The idea is this system will help to reduce fuel use, without impacting on the much-loved and fun driveability of Ford hatchbacks. In fact, the system will help add more power to the 1.1 three-cylinder engine by delivering 155bhp.
The other benefit of this mild hybrid system is that those who are gentle with their right foot, will notice considerable fuel savings as the electric motor will take some of the load off the engine helping you to reduce fuel consumption. Ford has announced the Fiesta mild hybrid will manage 57.6mpg, while the Focus with offer 60.1mpg.
A fully-electric Ford Transit will be launched in 2021 which is sure to be a hit with city delivery drivers who will need to comply with ever-tightening emission restrictions in city centres.
For those who need to travel further afield, a plug-in hybrid Transit is due to launch later this year. This will offer lower emissions yet still have the range to tackle longer journeys.
Finally, Ford has indicated its plan to launch a Ford Tourneo custom plug-in hybrid MPV later this year. This means the eight seater’s front wheels will be driven by an electric motor teamed with a 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine which can serve as a range extender.
Ford claims the Tourneo offers a zero-emission driving range of up to 31-miles.
Finding your new Ford is a doddle as we have a great selection of new Ford cars available across our Stoneacre Ford branches. Or why not check out our selection of nearly new Fords and great-quality used Fords for sale.
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