With the Tesla 3 and Chevy Bolt grabbing headlines – you know it’s only a matter of time until Ford puts out their own long-range electric vehicle, likely a model that will best the competition with the very latest fuel efficiency technology.
In a recent conference call with investors, Ford CEO Mark Fields commented on the auto company’s future, concerning electric vehicles with more than 200 miles of range, saying, “When you look at some of the competitors and what they’ve announced, clearly, that’s something we’re developing for.”
Of course, Fields didn’t elaborate much on those development plans, but it’s safe to assume that a long-range Ford EV is in the works to be released sometime in the next few years or so, if not sooner.
Fields expanded in the conference call, saying that Ford aims to always be “among the leaders or in a leadership position” when it comes to the hottest vehicle tech, a statement backed up by years of top-notch Ford sales.
We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information on the 200-plus mile range Ford EV, and in in the meantime, visit us anytime at Mangold Ford to check out the Ford models we have in store.
Ford recently souped-up its investment in alternative energy solutions. In fact, the company invested a whopping $4.5 billion in electrified vehicle solutions – you heard right. This is one of the biggest investments the company has allotted for this area, revealing just how committed Ford is to eco-friendly solutions.
According to Ford, the brand will add 13 new electrified vehicles to its lineup by 2020, meaning that more than 40% of the company’s tried-and-true models will get an electric version. Ford electrified vehicle solutions will focus on fast charging and new designs as well.
“The challenge going forward isn’t who provides the most technology in a vehicle but who best organizes that technology in a way that most excites and delights people,” said Raj Nair, executive vice president, Product Development. “By observing consumers, we can better understand which features and strengths users truly use and value and create even better experiences for them going forward.”
By later this year, you’ll already see the results. This includes the new Focus Electric with SmartGauge, EcoGuide, Brake Coach, and other great technologies. We can’t see what the company does next with green design.
The catalytic converter is one of the most important car parts for reducing emissions in cars. Vehicles produce lots of exhaust from the burning fuel, and the catalytic converter converts these harmful exhaust products into less pollutant gases. So how do catalytic converters work?
A catalyst is a substance that causes or speeds up a chemical reaction. In a catalytic converter, there are two types of catalysts, a reduction catalyst and an oxidation catalyst, both of which are ceramic structures covered in a kind of metal that causes a chemical reaction like aluminum and rhodium. Sometimes gold is used, as it’s thought to increase oxidation by up to 40%. Oxidation is the process by which pollutants in the exhaust are reduced.
Reduction is the first stage of the converter and reduces nitrogen levels by using the catalyst to separate the NO2 molecules from each other, freeing up the oxygen molecules. Oxidation is the second step in this process, reducing carbon monoxide by burning it, which lets it bond with other oxygen molecules to become carbon dioxide.