With the race now on for the first mass selling mainstream consumer electric automobile, Ford has announced it will be releasing 13 new green cars over the next five years, sitting alongside an impressive investment of $4.5 billion in researching its own "electrified vehicle solutions."
This investment and release schedule means that 40% of Ford's fleet of new cars should be electric by 2020, showcasing the biggest electric investment yet for this automotive company. Looking to capture the consumer market, Ford's new vehicles will reportedly come packed with fast charging technology, allowing for an 80% charge in 30 minutes time, looking to offer a 100-mile range.
With one of the biggest issues based around electric vehicles being that of charging times compared to filling up with gas at a pump, Ford hopes that this new direct current fast-charge technology will draw the mainstream audience towards what it has on offer. In addition to these charging capabilities, Ford also plans to install new instrument clusters, providing users with real-time power usage and customizable displays.