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By John Addison

Ford Focus EV Gets Plant

Ford’s new Focus Car and Plug-in Hybrid will be in one of the auto industry’s greenest plants. Ford is working Detroit Edison to install a solar photovoltaic panel at Michigan Assembly. The system be integrated with a 750-kw storage facility that can two million watt-hours of energy batteries.

The renewable energy by the project’s primary solar system will help the production of fuel-efficient small including Ford’s all-new and Focus Electric going production in 2011, and a next-generation vehicle and a plug-in hybrid coming in 2012. My test of the Ford Focus Electric .

A smaller solar energy will be integrated at a later to power lighting systems at Assembly. The combined systems are to give Michigan Assembly the solar power array in and save an estimated $160,000 per in energy costs. The installation of the begins later this

Although the 500kW does not the megawatts of solar that uses in California operations, is advancing automaker use of large energy storage, reuse of lithium batteries, smart and solar charging.

Michigan will operate on a blend of and conventional electricity managed by Power’s Dynamic Power on-site energy storage and management system. Xtreme a venture capital backed in Austin, Texas, manufactures power management, smart and storage systems from 500 kW to 100 MW. XP is unique in its ability to provide power when needed precision control and complex capabilities (VARs), and the ability to shift large amounts of all at a relatively low lifecycle cost. is the industry s first large-scale power management system.

The XP comprises four components into a comprehensive system: (1) energy storage; (2) proprietary electronics that enable high power at very efficiency; (3) smart control of specialized hardware and software; and (4) integration which ties the three components together stringent quality control

The renewable energy collected by the system will go directly the energy-efficient microgrid. When the is inactive, such as holidays, the solar energy will go the energy storage system for use, providing power periods of insufficient or inconsistent Michigan Assembly’s energy system will be able to from the grid during hours when energy is at a lower cost.

This in will provide inexpensive during peak operating when the cost per kilowatt-hour is and reduce peak demand on the

Ten Charging Stations using Power

Ford also install 10 electric vehicle-charging at Michigan Assembly to demonstrate battery charging technologies renewable energy and other advances. The stations will be to recharge electric switcher that transport parts adjacent facilities. Xtreme will provide an active management system on the charging

Ford also will the possibility for using electrified batteries as stationary power devices after their life as vehicle power is over.

Ford is strongly committed to its strategy to support positive change and reduce the environmental of its products and facilities, said Sue Ford group vice Sustainability, Environment and Safety Michigan Assembly is the latest manufacturing facility to utilize power for production.

Cradle to

Drive a typical gasoline car in the and you will emit about 10 of CO2 every year. Drive a Fusion Hybrid, however, and emit 4.7 tons annually – of a an average car, and only a of a larger SUV, such as the Ford Expedition 4WD FFV, 13.3 tons of CO2 annually.

Ford Focus Electric Cars

plans to offer customers of cars with a variety of efficient drive systems. The new Focus is a clear demonstration our ONE Ford strategy is providing consumers with great that harness the best of Motor Company, said Mulally, Ford’s president and The efficiencies generated by our new global platform will enable us to Ford Focus customers an affordable product offering fuel efficiency, safety and beyond their expectations. is planning on a Global C platform for 12 to 14 vehicles with a volume of 2 units per year. Such common chassis and many components, can give Ford profit margins and room to hybrid and electric cars

Clean Fleet Report that in 2012 an all-new Focus family will be with choices that a gasoline-sipping EcoBoost engine, a Hybrid, a Focus Plug-in and Focus Electric. The hybrid, hybrid, and battery electric all use lithium-ion batteries. All will better fuel economy the current 30 mpg and lower emissions the 2010 Focus with 6.5 of CO2 per year.

You can find the mileage and emissions of most cars the U.S. EPA and DOE’s valuable The EPA combined miles per gallon is based on 45% highway and 55% city The carbon footprint is carbon equivalent (CO2e) based on miles of driving, using the 1.7 model .

Drive the new Ford Focus with a 70 percent efficient drive using grid instead of that 15 percent gasoline motor drive and emissions will be far below a Prius. Charge the Focus EV solar or wind power and source-to-wheels emissions of CO2 drops to

But what about all the emissions with energy intensive and mining of everything from to lithium? Historically about 90 of a car’s emissions over its 15 of use are from burning fuel, and 10 percent from the mining and This is why environmental groups, the and websites like the Clean Report focus on source-to-wheels which is also called due to our history of fuel from oil

Ford, and other automakers, are the classic practices of reduce, and recycle. As Ford electrifies and electric cars, many parts are replaced with electric parts. Some gets replaced with aluminum, plastic, and bioplastic. of pounds are removed from a which allows it to go farther on fuel.

At end-of-life metals and parts are recycled. Some lithium will be repurposed in plants, energy backup, and electric applications. Over 95 percent of battery materials are eventually

Ford’s new lean and green will build a new generation of low in carbon footprint and high in impact.

By John Addison. of the Clean Fleet Report, of Save Gas, Save the John writes about cars, renewable energy, and (c) Copyright John Addison.

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