Nancy Lee Gioia, director of Global Electrification, Ford Motor Company

Nancy Lee Gioia, director of Global Electrification, Ford Motor Company

Nancy Gioiadirector of Global Electrification and one of Automotive News’ “100 Leading Women in the Auto Industry,” took time out from the 2011 North American International Auto show (NAIAS), Detroit auto show,  to talk to John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show and myself.

The current mile per gallon requirement by the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards is 25 mpg. In 2016 that requirement changes to 35.5 miles per gallon. Automakers are developing advanced technology to meet those standards.

Nancy Gioia, Fords director of global electrification says that models such as the Focus Electric and Escape hybrid sport- utility vehicle will make up 10 percent to 25 percent of it’s worldwide fleet in 2020 as governments mandate higher fuel efficiency.

Ford sells three hybrid models, the Escape SUV, and the Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans. Last year Ford introduced an electric version of the Transit Connect commercial van. Hybrids accounted for 1.8 percent of Fords U.S. sales last year.

We talked about the news that was released by Ford today:

  • All-new Ford Focus Electric is the first fuel-free, rechargeable passenger car from Ford and one of five new electrified vehicles Ford will deliver by 2013 in North America and Europe
  • Focus Electric will offer a mile-per-gallon equivalent better than Chevrolet Volt and competitive with other battery electric vehicles
  • The all-electric Focus is capable of fully recharging in three to four hours at home using the available wall-mounted 240-volt charge station “ charging in half the time of the Nissan Leaf
  • The new Focus Electric offers value charging, powered by Microsoft, to help owners in the U.S. charge their vehicles at the cheapest utility rates, lowering the cost of ownership
  • Focus Electric provides a special version of MyFord Touch driver connect technology especially for electric customers and introduces MyFord Mobile, a smartphone app and website for monitoring key vehicle functions and charge settings while mobile

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) unveiled today it’s all-new Focus Electric “ the company’s first-ever all-electric passenger car. The zero-CO2-emissions, gasoline-free version of Ford’s popular small car is the flagship of the company’s growing fleet of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles coming to North America and Europe by 2013.

“Focus Electric is the flagship of our new family of electrified vehicles, showcasing our commitment to offer consumers choice when it comes to fuel-efficient or fuel-free vehicles,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president for Global Product Development. “Its advanced powertrain will deliver significant energy efficiency advantages and zero CO2 emissions without compromising driving enjoyment. And it’s suite of smart driver information technologies will transform the way customers think about energy usage and their transportation needs.”

The Focus Electric will launch in late 2011 and is designed to offer enough range to cover the majority of daily driving habit’s of Americans. It will offer a mile-per-gallon equivalent better than Chevrolet Volt and competitive with other battery electric vehicles.

A full recharge is expected to take three to four hours at home with the 240-volt charge station “half the charge time of the Nissan Leaf.

Focus Electric introduces new features and technologies “ including a unique version of the MyFord Touch driver connect system especially for electric vehicles, a new value charging feature powered by Microsoft and a smartphone app called MyFord Mobile that helps plug-in owners control their vehicles remotely.

The sleek and stylish five-door hatchback leverages Ford’s global C-car platform shared by the gasoline and diesel-powered Focus models, which debuted at the 2010 North American International Auto Show and were launched at the Paris Motor Show in September.

Both Focus gasoline and electric variants to be sold in North America will be built at Ford’s M

About the Author:

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.