Fo­cus on hy­brids as Ford joins gang green

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

A QUAR­TER of Fords sold by the end of the decade will be green-power cars with some form of elec­tri­fi­ca­tion.

The Fo­cus Elec­tric is the new hero car but Ford says it is also work­ing on hy­brids across all its mod­els.

‘‘By 2015, we in­tend to ex­pand our elec­tri­fied vol­ume sig­nif­i­cantly, sup­ple­ment­ing our hy­brids with bat­tery-elec­tric and plug-in hy­brid ve­hi­cles,’’ says Ford chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Alan Mu­lally. ‘‘By 2020, we ex­pect elec­tri­fied ve­hi­cles to ac­count for 10 to 25 per cent of our vol­ume. But hy­brids will still ac­count for most of the vol­ume.

‘‘The plug-in hy­brid cat­e­gory will have the most sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in share. But there is no sil­ver bul­let. No sin­gle ap­proach to elec­tri­fi­ca­tion will dom­i­nate.’’ Ford’s global prod­uct boss, Der­rick Kuzak, says elec­tri­fi­ca­tion is part of an over­all en­vi­ron­men­tal strat­egy.

‘‘It is about meet­ing the needs of the present with­out com­pro­mis­ing the fu­ture,’’ he says. ‘‘Even with ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies . . . the ma­jor­ity of ve­hi­cles will be gaso­line or diesel-pow­ered.’’

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