Ford Electrified Vehicle Lineup

EVLineup

Ford offers five different electric vehicles.  Both the C-MAX and Fusion come in hybrid and plug-in hybrid varieties, and the Focus Electric is an all-electric vehicle.  You can read more about these vehicles here.

All-Electric

An electric car is great for the environment, because it produces almost no pollution.  It can also go very fast.  When driving a hybrid or gasoline-powered car, you have to wait for the engine revs to build up during acceleration.  When driving an electric car, you have full power available to you when you step on the pedal. 

Hybrid

Hybrids are designed to be more efficient than gas-powered vehicles while overcoming the some of the shortcomings of electric vehicles.

Any vehicle that combines two or more sources of power that can directly or indirectly provide propulsion power is a hybrid. Most hybrid cars on the road right now are gasoline-electric hybrids, combining a gasoline engine with an electric motor.  The gasoline engine is the primary power source and the electric engine provides supplemental energy.  A smaller, more efficient gasoline engine can be used in a hybrid because of the additional energy that the electric motor provides.

When you’re stopped or traveling in slow-moving traffic, the gasoline engine turns off and the electric motor kicks in. When driving at higher speeds, your car uses the gasoline engine and the electric motor kicks in if extra power is needed, such as when you accelerate or drive up an incline.  This alternation between energy sources allows you to conserve the electricity in the car’s battery.

In addition to conserving the electricity in the battery, a hybrid can actually charge the battery through a process called regenerative braking.  This technology allows the electric motor to act as a generator and charge the batteries while the car is slowing down.  Up to 90% of the available braking energy is captured and stored in the battery for later use every time you apply the brakes.

Plug-In Electric

Like a hybrid, a plug-in electric vehicle has both a gasoline engine and an electric motor.  But unlike the conventional hybrid, the plug-in hybrid uses its electric motor as the primary power source.  It is designed to travel extended distances with little or no assistance from the gasoline engine.  It gets the extra electricity it needs when you plug it in to charge.

So what’s the point of driving one of these cars instead of a traditional car powered by gasoline or diesel?  By doing so, you would reduce your tailpipe emissions and improve your mileage.  Learn more about the advantages of driving an electric or hybrid vehicle in our upcoming blog post next week.

Until then let us know if you have any questions in the comments section below…

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