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Ford has been paving the way for the electric car industry for more than a decade. With their newest additions to their electric technology, they’ve set the bar very high for the competition. Ford believes they are creating the future of electric vehicles and refuse to release anything that is not state of the art. With this all Ford electric vehicles consumers can be assured that their vehicles are not only innovative, but that they also live up to Fords industry leading standard. Ford’s 2012 lineup includes three advanced types of electric vehicles: battery powered, plug-in hybrids, and hybrid.

The battery powered Fords are entirely electric vehicles. They have a motor and a high-voltage lithium-ion battery. The car will run purely on electricity and is designed to go up to 100 miles on a single charge. If the battery is charged at night, when electric rates are lower, it could save you tons of money in comparison to gas powered cars. The all-electric vehicle will also include a Regenerative Braking System feature, which enables the car to use the energy created when braking and store if for later use.

The Focus Electric will be the only battery powered car in the newest Ford lineup. Consumers will not only ever need a drop of gas, but they won’t need an oil change either. The 2013 Ford Focus Electric has best in class horsepower, and can charge in about half the time of the 2012 Nissan Leaf. The Focus Electric is now available at any Certified Electric Vehicle dealer, such as Chapman Ford.

Ford also has plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, such as the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid. The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle provides maximum fuel efficiency by combining both a high-voltage battery and electric motor with a gasoline motor. The gasoline engine doesn’t have to run all the time, and can rely on the battery for power as well. This gives customers better gas mileage and is also much better for the environment. The plug-in feature of these cars allows consumers to charge the battery using either a 120-volt or a 240-volt outlet. The ability to charge the car at home increases the overall distance the car can travel in the all-electric mode. The plug-in is also equipped with the Regenerative Braking System.

The final type of Ford electric vehicle is the purely hybrid EV. It is part gasoline and part electric motor. In most cases, a Ford Phoenix driver can rely completely on the electric motor for short distance trips at lower speeds. But when more power is needed, the gas powered motor kicks in. The car charges the battery on its own, when the gas engine is being used it charges the battery, as well as when the car is braking. Unlike a traditional gasoline engine where the energy generated by braking is lost, this innovative technology enables Ford hybrids to capture braking energy and store it for later use. There are two current hybrid models: the Ford Fusion hybrid and the Ford C-MAX hybrid.