Ford’s commitment to clean air has taken another big step forward. In London, Ford has already been testing 20 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) during a 12-month trial, working with the city of London to see how its PHEVs can help meet cleaner air targets while moving people and products through an urban center more efficiently to increase productivity. Now, Ford and the Ford Smart Mobility program will expand their tests and partner with Valencia, Spain, and its city leadership.
Ford was attracted to Valencia because the port city on the southeastern coast of Spain has a much different landscape from the urban center of London. As a result of this geographic difference, Ford will be able to compare the benefits of primarily electric vehicles in those two cities.
In Valencia, Ford will test small and medium fleets of custom plug-in hybrid vehicles powered only by an electric motor with a range of 31 miles, while hoping to achieve a zero-emission target. The vehicles come with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost gas engine that serves as a range-extender to eliminate range anxiety.
As Ford expands plug-in hybrid vehicle tests, this project is only the start of its clean air movement. Ford has invested $11 billion in its effort to increase its worldwide electric portfolio to 40 vehicles, including 16 full-battery electric vehicles, by 2022.
Come into Romeo Ford to test drive some of Ford’s current hybrid cars today.