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Ford pumps $135 milliion into electric vehicle development

GasBuddy Blog -- Ford is investing $135 million to develop more electrified vehicles to compete better against Toyota, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Toyota is the automaker that continues to dominate the hybrid powertrain market having sold more than 186,200 hybrids in the U.S. through July, or 75% of all 249,300 hybrids sold in the U.S. in that period.

Ford, by comparison, sold only 9,300 in that period, according to data from HybridCars.com and is obviously looking to close the gap.

Ambitious plans to say the least. How will they sell more and better electric vehicles? By offering high mileage vehicles that many of us on Main Street might actually be able to afford!

Business reporter Alisa Priddle says Ford...


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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 1:02:05 AM

Probably need to spend much more -- only on quality....
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 1:00:34 AM

So be extra careful if you own a Ford.....
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 12:58:31 AM

That could be the reason Ford sells so few hybrids -- they ain't worth spit when it comes to quality.
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 12:55:13 AM

Be wary of Ford trucks....tranny problems often with less than 50k miles
honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 11:06:19 PM

another case of topic gone...
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 10:09:31 AM

Cities states....need to set the standards
honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:02:07 AM

log: probably need to be more likely the private sector that provides lots of hookup stations (i.e. work places)
logybe
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 5:29:13 PM

Now , if the cities would only invest in a few electric hookup stations.
logybe
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 5:28:43 PM

Now , if the cities would only invest in a few electric hookup stations.
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 5:07:31 PM

My Fiesta was under 5k.....

It would take having the new Fiesta for no more than 10k basic..... for me to be interested
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 5:05:16 PM

Unfortunately, Ford's idea of affordable is starting at more than $20k
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 4:54:53 PM

And will last for 500,000 miles....
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 4:54:00 PM

They need to have a good quality vehicle for less than 11k.
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 4:52:49 PM

Ford still has a major problem.....returning to the distant past for pride in quality, reliability and affordability....
Jumpmanil
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 6:46:19 AM

They call 26 grand affordable?
honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 4:48:56 AM

Smash: ha ha ... keep dreaming.
Smash591
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 1:08:12 PM

By affordable they don't mean under $20K... I'm looking forward to the F-1 designed hybrid car priced at $11K. Now that's affordable.
sparky808
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 12:30:15 PM

old post.
stealthvan
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 10:59:37 AM

Glad to see that Ford is making hybrid and electric cars more affordable. That and the fact they are increasing employment puts them high on my list when it comes to buying a car!
honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 4:57:54 AM

we'll see if it works out. Still not going to buy a Fix-or-repair-daily car.
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 2:24:38 PM

Really Ford? just 9 thousand?
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 2:22:33 PM

Still playing catch-up
sparky808
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 12:29:02 PM

old post
dtren
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 6:29:50 AM

Just so expensive!
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 12:16:40 AM

Ford lost me about 30 years ago when their dealers decided not to live up to a warranty.....

Before that... I really loved the Ford Fiesta (1978)....great car.

BlewettCA
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 6:40:34 PM

yea whatever
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 4:20:06 PM

Whatever
sprocketsplines
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:57:32 PM

Looks like Ford is hoping Toyota will stay still until Ford can catch up.
ItisAJeepThing
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:37:31 PM

Come on GasBuddy, bring us something new, please.

Can Ford ever catch up with Toyota? And will GM follow in this direction?

Pure electric vehicles are NOT really Green, unless they are recharged using renewable energy like solar power or wind energy. Much commercial electricity in the U.S. is still generated by burning dirty coal. EVs just increase the demand for electricity instead of oil based fuels.
bbreff
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:33:49 PM



OLD NEWS

NECarter
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:31:38 PM

Cmon GM get with it
tauro514
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:30:59 PM

old news.
Gassed01
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:29:53 PM

Yawn - let's move on.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:29:37 PM

good I guess
satrn38mpg
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:28:40 PM

very old news
malfrog1
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:28:35 PM

Still too expensive.
evey315
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:26:11 PM

Fords decision to do it, good for them. Owning an electric car is not on my bucket list.
Discovery02
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:24:58 PM

Finally some brain power being applied to get us off of dead dinosaurs.
DYSKYPILOT
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:23:28 PM

Old news.
2granny
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:20:41 PM

old news.
Titan_62
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:14:42 PM

??? (old news..?)
uptherefiners
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:11:29 PM

hope people won't complain too much about buying American

would be good for Ford
bradley1969
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:10:43 PM

OLD NEWS AGAIN!!
CNG_Pioneer
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:08:46 PM

Is Ford competing in a broad "electrified vehicles" market or just gasoline/electric hybrids?
IUVidiot
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:07:37 PM

ok
momster1
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:07:36 PM

Until electric cars can travel a similar distance as their gas counter parts, they will not really catch on.
indyjim
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:06:34 PM

They have a long way to go to catch Toyota.
camaro_man
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 12:54:54 PM

wow
deaconjones
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 12:53:47 PM

OLD NEWS AGAIN.....
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blah
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