Electric vehicles from Ford at the 2009 Detroit auto show

Electric vehicles from Ford at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Derrick Kuzak is group vice president, Global Product Development, The Americas.  Kuzak introduced different types of electric vehicles that will come out from 2010-2012. The first will be a commercial van that is battery electric.

Kuzak announced that Ford Motor Co. Ltd. is teaming up with Aurora, Co based Magna International Inc. to create a battery electric vehicle (BEV). The BEVs will be focus and fusion sized cars.  Ford is aiming for a driving range of 100 miles per charge on it’s lithium-ion battery.

Kuzak said that Ford will bring out another hybrid in 2010, but the BEV will be different.  Currently, hybrids are powered by an on-board electric motor with a gasoline engine.  The new generation of battery electric autos will be powered by batteries.  Depending on whether the charger is a 110-220V outlet it will take up to eight hours.

Ford says that 2012 will see a plug-in electric hybrid.

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.