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that the 2009 Detroit Show was dominated by electric car I lucked out to score the second of my two with Nancy Gioia, s Global Director of Sustainable Technologies and Hybrid Programs. My was to look into what the years will bring specific regard to Ford s car efforts. As with other electrification has a past (the Electric Ranger), a present current Ford electric-hybrids), and a

Our conversation was inspiring. As it turns a full-fledged market-ready Ford car is neither far-fetched, nor far off

MPGomatic: Can you us a little bit about where is going with full vehicles?

Nancy: We have our hybrid in production today. our full hybrid and we’re proud of it. The most fuel SUV in the planet. We’ve added our Hybrid and they will be in the later this spring. very excited about

It’s the most fuel 4-door sedan in the market you can get in North America. That’s bringing our hybrid technology to the level. Ford has an electrified

Many years ago we had a Ford Ranger, but at that time it was batteries and the technology of the battery wasn’t ready for electric

With lithium ion, and we quite a bit of confidence now our supplier we think we’re ready for the step. We’re moving and in 2010 we’re going to a full-battery electric compact van is based off of our global C-car and that will be available as a electric vehicle only.

In we follow shortly with (Nancy points to electric car . which is a demo or an example of a car that is a full-battery electric with our goal of a 100 mile Think of it like a Focus can go 100 miles on electric power battery recharged overnight.

By we’re continuing to progress our hybrid technology. We’re to further improve that and bring out plug-in hybrids you can plug in overnight and get range. will run as a regular hybrid and not range limited.

I think a market for all of this, and the customers are

MPGomatic: So the very first will be a small van, the Connect? Is that correct?

Well, we haven’t announced the vehicle. It’s a Transit size. It’s off of the global platform.

I keep saying that platform and some folks say, “So what?” It’s a big because the toughest thing electrification is affordability. The batteries are expensive as well as the other By using our global platforms serve millions of customers, whole base vehicle is the benefit, if you will, of that and scale. That helps us on the element.

Working with like Magma which is we’re doing on our C-car Magna International, the largest supplier in the world. They power train, they electronics, they have clusters, they have metal. They are a great integrator and they have a partner with Ford for a time.

So we’re working a high-volume, high-quality automotive This is great because components need that reliability, and durability. They are a partner for us to work with to that into the vehicle, and we them to be successful selling components to others, again, us to address the cost equation of

Working together, leveraging other’s investment, and then the component as well as systems on a vehicle that is going to go on a used by million, this is exciting. Affordable transportation is we want. Transportation that is in every sense of the word: environmentally, and socially.

Bringing our supplier partners with us, investing jointly, and that electrified transport for the future, well, we think it sense to do it collaboratively.

MPGomatic: So a bit of an open source solution in you’re able to share the through the suppliers. They’ll be to take what they and let other manufacturers use similar

Nancy: Yes. We think going to be fundamental to making affordable technology; for electrification in all As soon as you start plugging in we our other partnerships like we with Southern California and The Electric Power Research I’m delighted to say we’ve had many utilities join the Ford Project.


They’re going to be a along the way as well, right? as soon as you plug in, the auto and the utility industry now connect a common fuel to a common

We have to figure out how to communicate the all of the interfaces and enable the customer to do seamlessly so you take away barrier, the fear factor if you or just, “Oh, gosh. different and I don’t want to with it.”

We make it as easy as possible so collaborating there, on the infrastructure and we’re collaborating here, on and we’re doing this other suppliers as well.

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By the it’s billions of dollars, to get to the electrified future and I’m including in investment for domestic battery manufacture, the raw materials, and the equipment assembles those. Then are the systems, the components, the vehicles can house these elements and them forward to customers, all of these things.

There is a lot of to make. We recognize we can’t do it and we’re trying to find the partners in the world to work

MPGomatic: This is, in large about a resurgence in the economy creating an entirely new industry, or up what’s already there. We have enough battery right now. While we shortly, we must make the to make it happen.

Nancy: The key in region around the world; in our with the utilities, between the and the transport section, and I think, so, we’re saying that storage, the battery, is revolutionary. a reinvention of some things. revolutionizing a lot of what we do and how we do it.

Think about how our own business interfaced with the customer what customers need to do to and all sorts of things.

As we work on energy storage manufacturing in every region around the becomes important. Our goal, and we have a sustainability blueprint is our for our sustainable products, that is focused on making sure we the technologies and the elements.

Electrification is a bit of our sustainability footprint, and going you need battery cells in every region around the to enable that. That you have to have the raw material you have to have the processing of raw material, you have to be able to the equipment that then the cells, you then have to the research and the new chemistries coming in the of the future of those cells so you do it, you get better, you do some more, you get You have to bring that of the circle.

Then you have to component manufacturers, OEMs to put in cars, customers willing to buy and how to interface.

This is going to be a and our plan is our global C-car is like the Focus size or Connect van size, and our C/D-cars are like our Fusion and Milan.

That we will have the on those global platforms, and are the largest vehicle platforms in the world, meaning the highest in the world. You can have a battery you can have a plug-in hybrid, you can a regular hybrid, or a very petrol or diesel power-pack. We making that suite on global platforms helps on

MPGomatic: So you start with a and you give the owner, or future complete choice in the method of

Nancy: Absolutely. Then on policy, their needs, driving cycle, they can the right vehicle for them.

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