Green IT: Ford Previews Parade of New Electrical Vehicles

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-10-26 Print this article Print
Ford Previews Parade of New Electrical Vehicles

Ford Previews Parade of New Electrical Vehicles

by Chris Preimesberger
Electricity as a power plant for motor vehicles goes back much further than most people think. Back in 1914—the year World War I began—the president of the Minneapolis Buggy Company wrote a letter to two men, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, suggesting that they meet and talk about the possibility of using clean electrical power for automobiles, rather than gasoline combustion engines. Being heavily invested in gasoline engines since 1899, Ford thought about it but tabled the idea for mass production. Although electric vehicles are often used in specific sectors, (golf carts, public transit and others), they haven't yet become a staple of the world's personal transportation. Now all the major car companies are developing electric-powered vehicles. As for Ford, it's taken more than 95 years, but today the automaker has four categories of higher mileage and electrified vehicles either on the roads or in development: EcoBoost gasoline engines, Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid and Battery Electric. EcoBoost engines are designed to inject a precisely metered amount of fuel directly into the combustion chamber. When this is combined with turbo charging, customers get better performance and fewer trips to the gas pump. The EcoBoost design will deliver the power and torque of a V-8 engine with the fuel efficiency of a V-6. Ford plans to deliver EcoBoost across the full range of its product portfolio, from small cars to large trucks, by 2013. The earliest Battery Electric models will be ready for sale in 2010, with the others rolling out by 2012. In a San Francisco demonstration on Oct. 22, the company rolled out an Escape Plug-In Hybrid and an all-electric Focus. This slide show will take a closer look at the technology inside those two models.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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