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After all the uncertainty of the past twelve months or so, the thought of planning ahead for the future can, in so many ways, seem almost fanciful – however Ford has always been an expert at doing just that.
Take the move to electrified vehicles. The brand has been preparing for an ‘electric future’ for years – researching and developing new technologies, concepting brilliant designs and analysing not just what works for drivers today but will continue to do so in the years to come (often before said drivers even realise that for themselves).
If you want to look ahead with confidence then, Ford has a great range of products that enable you to do that. And with multiple options to suit every lifestyle – now and in whatever the future brings – your perfect drive awaits. Read on...
Ford has a whole host of electric and hybrid offerings, from MHEVs to EVs (jargon busting and the differences between each model can be found here), but it doesn’t stop there. Ford’s factory in Cologne, the home of its operation in Germany for 90 years, has just announced its undergoing a significant transformation – with the aim to be all-electric by 2030.
The Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV)
The perfect stepping stone for someone new to electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) offer a conventional combustion engine (aka petrol) that runs off an electric battery at the push of a button. For the perfect pairing of style and practicality look no further than Ford’s brilliant SUV crossover, the Kuga.
The Kuga comes with plenty of space both front and back, brilliant design and technology features and up to an impressive 39-mile electric driving range*. That 39 miles is more than enough to see most drivers through short commutes, school runs and general nipping about town – all with the knowledge that your traditional fuel is ready and waiting to kick in on longer drives, should you need it to. The best of both worlds then.
For all the buzz that’s been building about all-electric cars for a while now, many traditional drivers have resisted making the switch. Recent breakthroughs in battery life and technology, however, are about to make the switch to all-electric driving mainstream. Leading the charge for 2021 is Ford’s first all-electric vehicle, the Mustang Mach-E – which isn’t just super-stylish but super-smart as well. Genius touches include SYNC 4a (which lets you customise your drive direct from your smartphone) and a hidden ‘front trunk’ (perfect for storing anything from shopping to muddy sports equipment) as standard. And it offers a driving range of up to 379 miles on a single charge**.
That’s right: 379 miles. But even a 10-minute charge will give you up to an impressive 73-mile range***, so whether you’re heading off on a road trip or driving day-to-day, running out of ‘gas’ is pretty much all but impossible to do. Honestly – what are you waiting for?
Further proof if it were needed that Ford is leading the charge – no pun intended! – on electric, is the revolutionary remodelling of its classic Transit van. Launching in spring next year, the all-electric E-Transit is set to revolutionise driving for small business owners and anyone who needs to move large tools or equipment about. (When you start to think of the increasing number of small businesses run by women – it’s no surprise an analysis of policies by insurance company Admiral in 2019 found 32% of van drivers in the UK are female.)
Along with all the cargo space you’d expect from a Transit (up to 15.1cu m, depending on the configuration), you’ll get up to an impressive 196^ miles on a single charge. And with zero-emissions the vehicle is ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) compliant – something many tradespeople and other businesses owners will appreciate, in a vehicle with a legacy they can trust. Which really is Ford in a nutshell, – and the future of driving, right there.
*Kuga PHEV has a battery size of 14.4kWh which gives a maximum all electric range of 35 miles (range may vary depending on the vehicle, weather conditions and driving behaviour). Quoted WLTP Figures with options represent the weighted electric-petrol fuel consumption.
** Based on full charge. Estimated range using Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) applies to RWD model with extended range battery. Actual range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviours, vehicle maintenance, and lithium-ion battery age
*** Charging times shown are for a Mustang Mach-E RWD Extended range for a DC fast charging point. Charge power can decrease with increasing state of charge. Actual charge times and charge speeds can vary based on different factors (Weather, temperature, driving behaviour, vehicle condition, age of the lithium-ion-battery, used charging infrastructure).
^Based on full charge. Range quoted for best performing variant, Medium Wheel Base, Medium Roof Cargo Van, 390 Series, Speed Limited to 90kph. Targeted estimate range applies to an available configuration (and is based on CAE modeling using WLTP test procedure). Actual range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviours, vehicle maintenance, lithium ion battery age and state of health.