Recently, Ford has shown great interest in increasing the number of vehicles in its lineup that have some form of electrification or hybridization. Recent plans include an investment of 135 million that are going to help with research and development of hybrid and electric technology. By bringing the battery testing and developing capabilities in house, Ford will no longer need to rely on third party technology companies to do this work. The plans also include the dedication and repurposing of a 285,000 sq-ft research and development center in Dearborn, MI. The new purpose of this building will be the production of hybrid and electric technology along with battery technology. All of these plans are intended to increase the development of hybrid and electric vehicles by nearly 25 percent and to begin the manufacturing of 5 new electrified vehicles by the end of 2012. All of this is a very ambitious plan that could really help the company to gain some traction in the market.
In an attempt to meet the stringent C.A.F.E. guidelines for fleet fuel economy, Ford already has plans to release 5 electrified hybrid and electric vehicles by the end of this year. One Ford car that has been available since late 2011, the Ford Focus Electric, is currently Americas most fuel-efficient compact car. This fully electric vehicle achieves an MPG equivalence of 110 MPG in the city. It can be fully charged in as little as four hours with the use of a 240-volt charger. The C-Max Hybrid has already been EPA-certified to deliver 47 miles-per-gallon both in the city and on the highway for a combined 47 MPG. A full 3 MPG more efficient than the Prius V, its closest competitor, it is also
about 1,300 less expensive. The C-Max Energi is currently in the works and, while in full EV mode, should give drivers an MPGe of around three times more than the Prius Plug In. This plug-in hybrid version of the C-Maxfeatures a gasoline powered range extender giving it a range of 550 miles at an estimated 95 MPG. The all-new Fusion Hybrid coming this fall is expected to return 47 MPG, which is a full 5 MPG better than the Toyota Camry Hybrid. The Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid, which should begin production by the end of 2012, is expected to become the worlds most fuel-efficient midsized car.
If you are interested in learning more about the future of Fords lineup, keep an eye on our website at http://www.marketplaceford.com or stop by the dealership to view our current inventory and learn more from our staff. Expect to see a lot of interesting vehicles coming through the Marketplace Ford dealership in Devils Lake, ND.
About Marketplace Ford
Marketplace Ford is proud to be the preferred Ford dealer of Devils Lake, North Dakota. Our dealership provides Ford cars, Ford service, and Ford parts to all surrounding areas including Grand Forks, Minot, Bismarck, and Fargo. We carry an extensive inventory of new, used, and certified Ford cars and SUVs.
In addition to being your Devils Lake area Ford dealer, our service department is readily available to provide maintenance and repairs to all Ford models. Visit our website to view current specials and our large selection of vehicles.
332 Highway #2 West
Devils Lake, ND 58301