In January, Ford began researching ways to offer consumers the newest technology in connectivity, mobility, and autonomous vehicles, therefore creating the Ford Smart Mobility Plan. Now, the American carmaker has officially moved into phase two. In this stage, Ford will take the research gathered from phase one and begin applying it in two key areas.
Phase one started in January with 25 experiments being launched around the globe. Phase two is taking what they’ve learned thus far and applying it to two areas – flexible use and ownership, and other modes for urban travel.
Flexible Use and Ownership
Ford will introduce “Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing” to six U.S. cities and London. The program is a pilot program that will allow people to rent their Ford vehicles to other drivers for short-term use. All drivers will be prescreened the program will run on software from two different Web-based, mobile friendly companies.
Urban Mobility Solutions
A new electric bike and prototype smartphone app look to make using Ford’s bike even easier for those in urban communities. The new bike, MoDe:Flex is the third ebike. The bike will be able to connect with the rider’s smartphone for real-time information like weather, traffic congestion, parking costs, other modes of transportation and time. The app also has eyes-free navigation, route planning and healthy and fitness info capabilities.
The Ford Smart Mobility Plan is sure to continue making transportation easier for future generations. Do you agree? Share your thoughts with Hassett Pre-Owned below!
Hybrid technologies powering automobiles with a combination of gasoline and electricity are still relatively new, and they’re advancing so quickly it can be hard to keep up.
Understandably, even seasoned motorists have their questions and doubts. What if the battery loses its charge? Is the interior no-frills and boring? Can an electric car deliver enough power and control? And aren’t these new hybrid technologies super-expensive?
In late 2000, hybrid gas/electric cars were just getting started and the naysayers were already piping up, calling the plug-in electric versions stillborn. Every new technology needs an incubation period, including building a service infrastructure. Now a dozen years later, it is clear their predictions have happily run out of gas.
In 2012 alone, sales of hybrid and plug-in vehicles such as the Focus Electric, 100% powered by a rechargeable battery, jumped 228%. While still a small piece of the overall market, it is growing at a much greater rate than other powertrain models, as the economy continues to hiccup and gas prices are steep.
Wider adoption, more accessible pricing, more efficient battery technology and the rollercoaster of gas prices proved the tipping point.
“We find many of our customers are simply tired of gas price spikes when something happens in the Middle East or Texas or California,” says Lou Evans, General Sales Manager at Hassett of Wantagh, Long Island’s #1 volume Ford-Lincoln dealer and 10x consecutive winner of Ford’s prestigious President’s Award. “Plus, they genuinely appreciate the efficiency and design and clean nature of vehicles like the Focus Electric.”
Hassett offers a range of hybrid and electric plug-ins, with sales jumping 400% in New York State this year alone. The Focus Electric is Ford’s robust entry into the plug-in market with excitingcutting edge design, styling and driver-experience enhancing technology inside and out.