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Ford Develops Electric Vehicle Plans for Europe

March 02, 2010

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Ford Motor Co. this week said its global electric vehicles plan is extending to Europe. Ford will offer five full-electric or hybrid vehicles across its C, CD and light commercial vehicle ranges for European customers by 2013. 

Specifically, Ford will launch two zero-emission full battery-electric vehicles including the Transit Connect Electric light commercial vehicle in 2011, followed by the Ford Focus Electric in 2012. Three other vehicles -- two next-generation petrol hybrid-electric vehicles and a plug-in hybrid -- will be introduced in 2013. 

"We recognise that one technology does not work for all our customers," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of global product development. "Our electrification strategy and plans include hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles to best meet our global customers' needs. Leveraging our global platforms is also central to this strategy and allows us to build on our strong product line-up in the most customer-driven, affordable way." 

Ford said it has its sights on building a global portfolio of environmentally friendly transportation solutions. 

"Our goal is to provide consumers with access to significant fuel economy improvements and reduced CO2 emissions to meet their functional needs and without compromising their driving experience," said John Fleming, chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe.  

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