ACT News 2017


Ford’s in Pursuit of Electrified Vehicles

April 10, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, municipal fleet by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Details $4.5 Billion Plan for 13 New EVs in Five Years
Including Hybrid Versions of the Mustang and F-150
And Industry’s First Pursuit-Rated Hybrid Police Car

Ford is releasing details today of its $4.5 billion drive to field no fewer than 13 new electric and/or hybrid electric vehicles globally in the next five years. The eye-catcher is a hybrid-electric police car, said to be the first hybrid ever to be pursuit-rated. Read More >>

Ford Makes $4.5bn Commitment to EVs

December 14, 2015 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

All-Battery Focus with New DC Fast-Charge Capability
Is First of 13 New Electrified Vehicle Models by 2020
As Automaker Boosts Global Work on Better Batteries

Ford, stating that wants “to make people’s lives better by changing the way the world moves,” has pledged to invest an additional $4.5 billion in electrified vehicle projects and technologies by 2020, including a new Focus Electric with DC fast-charge capability.

Ford Workplace EV Charging Capacity

October 19, 2015 in Companies, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Not Only Benefits Our Employees, But Builds Upon Our Commitment’

Ford is adding workplace chargers, building on an installation program started in 2014.

Ford Offers Patents on Electric Vehicles

June 1, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Also Notes Hiring of 200 ‘Electrified Vehicle Engineers’ This Year

Ford said last week that it’s opening its portfolio of patents related to electric vehicles – “a move to help accelerate industry-wide research and development.” Ford says it filed for 400-plus electrified vehicle patents in 2014 – more than 20% of the 2,000-some-odd total patents the firm applied for last year.

Ford (Re-) Flexes Its Alt Fuels Muscles

May 4, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

This Time It’s the Gas-Prep 5.0 to Benefit CNG and Propane Vehicles

Ford has pledged to release a gaseous-prep version of its 5.0-liter spark-ignition V-8 engine for 2016, paving the way for increased sales of propane autogas- and CNG-powered versions of the popular F-150 pickup.

Roush to Host Bobtail Spec Review

September 14, 2014 in Conference/Meeting, Education, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Roush, Ford, PERC on September 30 in Livonia, Michigan

All and sundry are invited as Roush CleanTech will host a Propane Bobtail Spec Review at its headquarters in Livonia, Mich. on Tuesday, September 30.

EPRI, OEMs, Utilities Connect on EV Grid

July 29, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Smart Grid for Utilities to Support PEV Charging Anywhere:
Large Organizations Are Getting Serious About V2G Technology

The Electric Power Research Institute is collaborating with eight automakers and 15 utilities on an “open platform” to integrate PEVs – plug-in electric vehicles – with smart grid technologies, “enabling utilities to support PEV charging regardless of location.”


ARPA-E Is MOVEing Beyond CNG

March 22, 2014 in CNG, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agency Seeks Basically Better Ways to Handle Natural Gas,
More Than $10 Million for Ford-BASF and BlackPak Projects

The federal government continues to support research to further the use of natural gas vehicles, targeting low pressure onboard vehicle storage techniques as a way to reduce costs related to today’s high pressure tanks, freeing vehicle designers from the constraints imposed by heavy, bulky (and expensive) CNG cylinders.

Let the Sun In — Ford’s Solar PHEV

January 3, 2014 in EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Off the Grid’ Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept to Debut in Las Vegas,
With Low-Cost ‘Static Canopy’ Used to Concentrate the Rays of the Sun

Ford will unveil a solar-powered plug-in hybrid electric vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. It’s “a concept vehicle that takes a day’s worth of sunlight to deliver the same performance as the conventional C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid,” Ford says. this item was initially posted on January 2

The First Gas-Ready Ford F-150 Built

December 2, 2013 in CNG, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ford Is Claiming the Most CNG-Propane Options of Any OEM

Ford is talking up the first production, in Kansas City, of an F-150 pickup with the gaseous-fuel prep option on its 3.7-liter V-6 engine. “By next summer, Ford will offer eight vehicles that can run on clean-burning, inexpensive CNG/LPG… [This] puts the company on track to sell more than 15,000 such vehicles this year,” states a release.


Ford Fosters Workplace Charging

October 15, 2013 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Wants to Allow Plug-In Drivers’ Daily Use to be 100% Electric

Ford is advocating the installation of workplace chargers to boost the use of its plug-in models, asserting that the availability of electricity at jobsites could allow nearly all of the daily commuting usage of its two plug-in hybrid models to be fully battery electric.

3.7-Liter Gas Prep Engine from Ford

July 31, 2013 in CNG, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hardened V-6 Enables More Trucks to Use CNG and Propane
Venchurs Promises a CNG F-150 and Roush a Propane Transit

Ford is announcing a new gaseous prep engine today, noting that the 3.7-liter V-6 with hardened valves paves the way for CNG- and propane autogas-powered F-150 pickups and Transit vans – including the new and larger Transits for 2014. Ford said compressed natural gas sells for an average of $2.11 per gallon of gasoline equivalent, “and is as low as $1 in some parts of the country.”

725 Westport BAF Ford NGVs for AT&T

July 8, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Expected 725 Vehicles This Year, F-350s with BrandFX Bodies

Westport BAF Technologies has orders from AT&T for 700 Ford F-250 and 25 F-350 trucks to be converted to dedicated-compressed natural gas operation in Dallas. The vehicles are to be delivered at the start of January 2014.

Colorado Agencies Adding 80 NGVs

June 11, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ford and Honda Snare the Lion’s Share

The State of Colorado expects to take delivery next month of 80 new compressed natural gas vehicles. The state Department of Natural Resources is getting 30, with the Department of Corrections getting 18, among 11 agencies overall.

AeroVironment Chargers for Ford EVs

May 14, 2013 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Best Buy and Geek Squad Out, AeroVironment Handling Leviton

Ford has advised dealers that it has tapped AeroVironment to provide electric vehicle chargers for C-Max Energi, Fusion Energi and Focus Electric cars. Customers will still have the option to buy Leviton equipment, but the Best Buy-Geek Squad sales outlet has been eliminated.

Ford Hybrids for Diverse Fleets

May 9, 2013 in Electric Drive, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fusion & C-Max Hybrids ‘Attracting New Companies Searching for Savings’

Ford is citing Con-way, Esurance, Quest Diagnostics and AT&T as among its new fleet customers for its C-Max Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid vehicles. “Ford’s new hybrids can save business customers as much as 45% in operational costs,” the automaker says.

GTS Summit, WTS Walkabout

March 9, 2013 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

DoE & Execs at Green Truck Summit & Work Truck Show

The term “green fleet” will become just “fleet” over the next decade as sustainability becomes business as usual. “Sustainability and the green industry are here to stay,” says Lee Styslinger III, chairman and CEO of aerial lift specialist Altec.

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