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45Ford Focus EV recalled, again, this time with ambulances

When we saw a note about a recall for the Ford Focus Electric, our first reaction was, "is that a new one? Because it's getting hard to tell." This year, we've already seen the Blue Oval's all-electric hatch recalled for non-working door chimes and a "wiring incompatibility" in the headlights. The car is also reportedly under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the "Stop Safely Now" issue.

8Ford, DOE help fund new $8M EV battery lab at University of Michigan

Everything's coming up batteries. Over in Ann Arbor, MI, the University of Michigan is announcing a new lab to test out new battery chemistries and concepts, all with an eye towards building better electric cars. The basic idea is to see if these "experimental battery chemistries" will work on a small scale before automakers and suppliers build a whole bunch of them. The lab is scheduled to open next fall and will be available to "any automotive or non-automotive firm," according to The Detroit

23Ford invests $135 million in electrified vehicles

Ford may not have a dedicated hybrid or EV platform, but it does have a new "Electrification Center of Excellence" down the street from its headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford announced yesterday that it now has some 1,000 engineers devoted to electrified vehicles, most of whom work "under one roof" at the facility.

68Ford invests $135 million in electrified vehicles

Ford may not have a dedicated hybrid or EV platform, but it does have a new "Electrification Center of Excellence" down the street from its headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford announced yesterday that it now has some 1,000 engineers devoted to electrified vehicles, most of whom work "under one roof" at the facility.

119Ford Focus Electric officially rated at 105 MPGe with a 76-mile range

Coming soon to select Ford dealers, at least those on the coasts, is the most efficient five-passenger car in America, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, which the EPA has certified gets 105 miles per gallon equivalent, combined. This is better than what the Blue Oval was estimating publicly in December, when it said the all-electric Focus should get 100 MPGe. The Focus EV is also rated for 110 MPGe in the city and 99 MPGe on the highway. As you can read in the press release below, Ford is using the

82Ford Focus Electric officially rated at 105 MPGe with a 76-mile range

Coming soon to a select Ford dealer near you is the most efficient five-passenger car in America, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, which the EPA has decided gets 105 miles per gallon equivalent, combined. This is better than what the Blue Oval was estimating publicly in December, when it said the all-electric Focus should get 100 MPGe. The Focus EV gets 110 MPGe in the city and 99 MPGe on the highway. As you can read in the press release after the break, Ford is using the official numbers to go aft

17Ford Focus Electric gets butterflies when it thinks about going further on a charge

To coincide with the announcement Ford made yesterday about the Focus Electric getting an estimated 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), the automaker invited a group of journalists to the Michigan Assembly Plant where it will build the EV alongside the gas-powered Focus and other vehicles. In fact, the MAP has already begun building Focus EVs, since the car goes out for its first deliveries in January. You can go on a visual tour through the plant in the gallery below.

1CES 2011: Hands-on with MyFord Mobile

MyFord Mobile app – Click above for high-res image gallery

11Ford sets up website to explain the differences between hybrids, plug-ins and more

If you're General Motors, you're focused on promoting the plug-in hybrid nature of the Chevrolet Volt. If you're Nissan, then your message is all-electric for the Leaf. If you're Ford, though, and are going to introduce five new electrified vehicles with a variety of powertrains by 2012, then your messaging is a little more complicated.

AddFord invests $135 million for electric vehicle development at two Michigan sites

Ford Motor Company has announced plans to invest $135 million into two of its Detroit-area plants, creating what the company calls a "center of excellence" for electric vehicles (EVs). The investment will be divided between the company's transaxle plant in Sterling Heights, MI and its Ypsilanti battery plant. Combined, Ford says, 220 new jobs will be created including 130 at the transaxle plant, 40 at the battery facility and 50 engineers to be split between the two sites.

AddSurvey: Car buyers most likely to purchase EVs from Toyota, Honda and Ford; Nissan trails substantially

The graphical representation above really tells the whole story here, but we'll try to offer up a little extra insight anyway. Deloitte Consulting conducted a widespread survey covering several aspects of the automotive industry, and you can read the whole report here. The graph above illustrates just one finding, but it really paints a picture of the overall results of the survey.

AddFord considers moving electric vehicle production in-house if demand is high enough

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:

AddFord to expand electric and hybrid offerings to Europe from 2011

Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery

4Ford to expand electric and hybrid offerings to Europe from 2011

Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddDC 2010: Ford's Nancy Gioia talks electrification progress, status of Leno's Focus Electrics

We heard from Ford CEO Alan Mulally yesterday about his company's overall work with the U.S. government on energy policy. He's not the only Ford representative at the show worth talking to at the Washington Auto Show, though, and we got to sit down with Nancy Gioia, Ford's director of global electrification, for an update on the company's plug-in vehicle projects.

AddFord promotes Nancy Gioia to accelerate EV strategy

Jay Leno's Green Car Challenge Ford Focus EV - Click above for high-res image gallery

AddVIDEO: Ford engineers show off the new Focus BEV for the Jay Leno Show

Jay Leno's Green Car Challenge Ford Focus EV - Click above for high-res image gallery

10Spy Shots: Ford Fiesta sedan spotted in Mexico with plug, but it's not an EV!

With the new North American market Ford Fiesta set to launch production in Mexico in just a few months, it's no surprise that someone has spotted one running around near Mexico City. In this case, the car that was seen is the sedan version that is likely to comprise the majority of U.S. sales. Automovil, which got a hold of these pics and saw an electric cord sticking out of the lower grille, is speculating that this is an electrified version of the Fiesta, going so far as to claim that it was o

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