Electric vehicles have been around nearly as long as those powered by gasoline. During the early days of the twentieth century, electric cars had many advantages. You did not have to hand-crank them to get them started, you didn’t have to warm them up, and you did not have to deal with the complexities of keeping them running. With an electric, you just got in, turned it on, and off you went!
Gasoline Takes The Lead From Electrics
As gas-powered cars got more reliable, easier to operate, and could go farther on a tank of gas than electrics could go on a charge, this all changed. Electric cars faded away and gasoline took the lead for the rest of the century. Now, as we are nearly through the second decade of the twenty-first century, things are changing, slowly but surely.
Electric Vehicles Return To The Streets
The desire for cleaner air and lower levels of vehicle emissions has driven the move to electrified vehicles. Producing electricity from renewable and non-polluting sources like wind, solar, and hydroelectric power is an ideal solution to the harmful effects of burning fossil fuels for transportation purposes.
Advances in power storage and other related technologies have also provided us with smaller, more powerful, quicker-charging battery systems for electrified vehicles. Ford has been involved in the electrification of vehicles for many years, and offers several of these in its 2017 lineup. Westview Ford is proud to have these advanced vehicles available for you to test drive.
What Are The Ford Electric Vehicles?
Our emphasis will be on those Ford vehicles that come with a plug, and can either completely or partially be used as electric vehicles which do not consume gasoline. They fall into two categories:
· Ford Focus Electric
· Ford C-Max Energi
· Ford Fusion Energi
Battery Electrics Run On Battery Power Only
The 2017 Ford Focus Electric 5-Door Hatchback is Ford’s battery electric vehicle. As the name suggests, a battery electric vehicle generates all its power from an onboard battery that drives an electric motor. The battery must then be recharged from an external source when necessary.
The 2017 Focus Electric has a 143-horsepower electric motor and gives you an EPA-estimated range of 115 miles on a full battery charge. Top speed is 84 mph. The 2017 Ford Focus Electric can now be charged using the new-for-2017 standard DC fast charger, which provides 75 miles of range in 30 minutes, when connected to a 150 amp charger.
Plug-In Hybrids Don’t Have Range Restrictions
The Ford C-Max Energi 5-Door Hatchback and Fusion Energi 4-Door Sedan are Ford’s Plug-In Hybrids. They both have a battery that provides a limited electric range for city use. They also have gasoline engines that are used when the battery is depleted, or to conserve it. The battery can either be charged from an external source (usually at home) or by the gasoline engine.
The 2017 Ford C-Max Energi and 2017 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrids have the same gasoline-electric drive system. They both let you drive in full electric mode for about 20 miles, then seamlessly switch over to the 2.0L 141-hp Atkinson-Cycle four-cylinder gas engine for the rest of your trip. There are no range limitations with this system. You can run on gas as long as you need to, and charge the battery when it’s convenient for you.
Westview Ford Has Ford Electric Vehicles In Stock
See what the next generation of advanced Ford Electric vehicles is all about – today! Contact us at Westview Ford of Courtenay for a thorough test drive, and a look into the future!