Ford Motor Company's development of upcoming battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) has been, so far, an outside job. Electric versions of the Transit Connect and the Ford Focus were developed with the help of suppliers Azure Dynamics Inc. and Magna International Inc., but Ford has not ruled out producing future BEVs in-house. As Ford's director of electrification programs Sherif Marakby stated:
When you get into BEVs, you have to have a larger battery, which is the driving cost. But the battery evolution and revolution has been moving, and things could change in the future. Ford would consider taking the technology development in-house if BEV volumes increase significantly.
Yep, we noticed the disclaimer that Marakby slipped in there leaving us wondering what exactly "increase significantly" means? Well, Ford's Fusion Hybrid was a strong seller at more than 30,000 units last year, which might give an indication of what type of volume is needed for in-house BEV operations to commence. But Ford has a much more accurate indicator at its disposal. Release the Transit Connect and Focus EVs, see how they fare and base future decisions on the real-world successes or failures. Genius!

[Source: Ward's Auto]


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