Electric vehicles aren’t new, they have been around for over 150 years and in the early pioneering days of the automobile they were the preferred method to power a vehicle as internal combustion engines of the time simply weren’t up to snuff. Eventually electric engines were used more for commercial purposes as gas became king and a could go a lot farther than battery power.
Times change and as there has been a push to replace the gasoline engine with a more eco-friendly electric car, manufactures have been trying solve the one big dilemma that has kept motorists from going electric – range anxiety.
Range anxiety – the fear of running out of power and being stranded, has been at the top of the list for everyone who has considered going electric.
With improvements in batteries and new charging stations being built all the time, range anxiety is becoming a thing of the past and Ford is capitalizing on the new ability of electric vehicles to compete in a gas powered world.
Ford has confirmed seven of 13 new global electrified vehicles that will on the road in the next five years.
They include an F-150 Hybrid, Mustang Hybrid and a Transit Customer plug-in hybrid.
There is also plans to launch a fully electric SUV with a range of a least 300 miles as well as two new electric vehicles designed for use by law enforcement.
Ford is so sure of the success of the vehicles they are investing an estimated $4.5 billion to roll things out by 2020.
The F-150 version will be a hybrid offering powerful towing and a large payload capacity and will also operate as a mobile generator.
A hybrid version of the iconic Ford muscle car, the Mustang, will deliver V8 power and even more low-end torque.
The company plans to be aggressive in developing global electrified vehicle services and solutions including fleet management and route planning.
Studies have shown that ‘range anxiety’ with drivers decreases over time as motorists become more comfortable with the technology and what their electric vehicles are capable of.
Ford, along with other companies worldwide are now working on creating new methods of charging an electric vehicle. From new charging stations to wireless technology that makes charging as easy as pulling into a parking space, the days of worrying about where to find a charge will soon be over.
In addition to being friendly to the environment, electric cars also have the advantage of being an almost silent ride and provide immediate torque when you step on the accelerator.
As more and more people decide to trade in their gas guzzlers for an electric ride, the level of customer satisfaction has also gone up.
In a survey, 92 per cent of electric car customers are so happy with their vehicles they are planning on buy another battery powered car as their next ride.