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Old 12-10-2015, 06:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ford to spend $4.5 billion on electric vehicles

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Ford to spend $4.5 billion by 2020 on electric vehicles

Ford to invest $4.5 billion more in electric car plan by 2020

Ford to invest $4.5 billion more in electric car plan by 2020 | Reuters

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Fields said it will launch late next year a new version of its Ford Focus electric car that has a 100-mile range and can recharge in 30 minutes.

Ford also plans to add 13 new plug-in hybrid, hybrid or electric vehicles to its lineup by 2020, moving to more than 40 percent the share of the company's vehicle lines that will be electrified.
Guess they are up to something...

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Ford to spend $4.5 billion on electric vehicles
Title is wrong...

Ford to spend $4.5 billion on electrified vehicles.

Electric is solely powered by batteries.
Electrified is battery powered or hybrids.

40% of all cars being "electrified" by 2020 doesn't seem like news at all. This is the direction all manufacturers are going.
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Old 12-10-2015, 08:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm happy to see the direction Ford, Chevy, and GM are going. I'd really like to see a purpose built EV from Ford. Retrofitting EV gear into a gasser is sure to compromise utility and efficiency.
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Old 12-10-2015, 08:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Beginning to sound like the "Westinghouse/Tesla vs. Edison" War-of-the currents:

Tesla chargers
GM chargers
Ford chargers
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Old 12-11-2015, 01:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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All costs are passed down to the end consumer.
Taking an existing gas vehicle and making an electric version is great for the buyers.
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Title is wrong...

Ford to spend $4.5 billion on electrified vehicles.

Electric is solely powered by batteries.
Electrified is battery powered or hybrids.

40% of all cars being "electrified" by 2020 doesn't seem like news at all. This is the direction all manufacturers are going.
Reminds me of some of the wording on the packages at work : Eco Friendly ! Made from 100% recyclable plastic !!

recyclable ?
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Beginning to sound like the "Westinghouse/Tesla vs. Edison" War-of-the currents:

Tesla chargers
GM chargers
Ford chargers
Fiat chargers
VW chargers
BMW chargers
I thought there was consensus on plug design? After that a volt is a volt - or do some need AC and some DC? That would be weird...
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SAE "defines" a standard connector for USA, but other countries have their OWN "standards."

I was overtly comparing 'gasoline-is-gasoline' to 'volts-is-volts,' but each manufacturer sells their OWN chargers.

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I think most manufacturers would like to make use of whichever system is most common, if it is open to them rather than build their own exclusive network.
On the other hand, having their own chargers can give them an advantage, and why do things the easy way?

We will soon find out who is in charge.

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Old 12-11-2015, 03:11 PM   #10 (permalink)
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" We will soon find out who is in charge. "

Ahhh. I see what you did there .

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