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CES Becoming New EV Venue

2012 Consumer Electronics Show is becoming a competitive venue for the release of new electric-drive vehicles and charging stations.

Published: 16-Jan-2012

The first day of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show featured one new Ford, two new Kias and a plug for communism from the head of Mercedes-Benz.

So, yeah, it was an eventful first day.

After its new 2013 Fusion plug-in hybrid was named Car of the Show--following previous such distinctions for the Focus electric and the Taurus--Ford CEO Alan Mulally pulled the cover off the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Ford promised that the Fusion Energi will return 100 mpg-e when it enters the market this fall. That's only 12 mpg-e less than the Mitsubishi "i" electric car, which is supposed to be the most efficient mass-produced car sold in America at the moment.


Ford C-Max Electric debuted at 2011 NAIAS. Photo: EV WORLD.

Company plans for 2 to 5 percents sales by 2015, climbing to 10 to 25 percent by 2020.

Ford Focus Electric based on new C-Max platform. Photo:EV WWORLD

Ford is aiming to have the competitor to the Nissan LEAF in showrooms by 2013.

Ford Transit Connect electric van similar to that order for St. Paul, MN city fleet.

Minnesota city one of first to receive electric panel van, with two more scheduled for delivery later this year.


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