ARE FORDS ELEC­TRIC? The Amer­i­can au­to­mo­bile man­u­fac­turer turns its fo­cus from Fi­es­tas to elec­tric bikes

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ELEC­TRIC VE­HI­CLES ARE CLEARLY THE FU­TURE OF per­sonal trans­porta­tion, but their big­gest draw­back is that they’re car-shaped. This means that de­spite do­ing your bit for the en­vi­ron­ment you’ll still get stuck in traf­fic while cy­clists sail by.

Ford thinks it has the an­swer to this frus­trat­ing mod­ern prob­lem. As well as launch­ing a pair of in­no­va­tive elec­tric bi­cy­cles – the MoDe: Me and the MoDe: Pro – the US car man­u­fac­turer has cre­ated the Ford Smart Mo­bil­ity Plan. This multi-mo­dal sys­tem analy­ses traf­fic lev­els and rec­om­mends the quick­est way from A to B via car, bike or pub­lic trans­port. It’s cur­rently tied to Ford ve­hi­cles, but if the com­pany opens it up for ac­cess to all it has the po­ten­tial to be the con­ges­tion-killer we’ve all been pray­ing for.

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