Ford Focus and Fiesta EcoBoost hybrids to be launched in the international markets next year
Ford Motor Company has been working on developing hybrids and pure electric versions of its existing offerings. Earlier this year, Ford announced that all the models launched post the introduction of the new Focus will include one or more electrified variants. This includes all-new models as well as the ones based on the company's existing offerings. From Fiesta to Transit, either a mild-hybrid, full-hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full battery electric option will be offered. Additionally, Ford has also confirmed that the Focus and Fiesta models will be offered with EcoBoost hybrids next year in the international markets. Ford will be making further announcements on electrified, commercial and sport utility vehicles in the "Go Further" event scheduled to take place on April 2.
Both the above mentioned cars will come with a belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG) that replaces the standard alternator, enabling recovery and storage of energy usually lost during braking and coasting to charge a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack. The BISG will also acts as a motor, seamlessly integrating with the low-friction, three-cylinder 1.0?litre EcoBoost combustion engine and using the stored energy to provide torque assistance during normal driving and acceleration, as well as running the vehicle's electrical ancillaries. The electric torque assistance is claimed to offer a more responsive performance at lower engine speeds. Additionally, the BISG has also helped to boost the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine's power with a larger turbocharger, by reducing the turbo-lag.
The American car manufacturer will also introduce mild-hybrid powertrain solutions to enhance the fuel-efficiency of the Transit 2-tonne and Transit Custom vans, and the Tourneo Custom eight/nine-seater people-mover, on sale later this year. In 2018, Mahindra and Ford India signed five MoUs in which they had agreed to evaluate co-development of a compact SUV and an electric vehicle, along with sharing powertrain portfolios which includes the supply of Mahindra powertrains to strengthen Ford's product range. The two companies share a long relationship, they first partnered in 1995 to sell the Ford Escort in India.
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