What is Ford's future?
Over the past year, we have come up with a variety of information about plans, ideas, and Ford projects being implemented. Some of them also concern Ford Transit. We will try to gather this information in one place. Get your belts and go with us on a small trip to the future!
Half of Ford's will be hybrid and electric cars by 2020. In 2014, three models of C-max Energi, Ford Mondeo Hybrid and Ford Focus Electric were introduced to selected European dealer networks. It did not quite work, for example, the production of the Mondeo Hybrid began only in November 2014. By 2020 it will spend $ 4.5 billion to electrify part of its model range. At that time, Ford will offer 13 hybrid and electric models. By the end of the decade, such vehicles will cover 40 percent. Offers of this manufacturer. The first step is to introduce on all European markets the mentioned Focus Electric.
Car parts from 3D printer
Ford is trying 3D printing for car and van parts. The company will start with spoilers, those streamlined decorations fastened to car exteriors to make them look faster. For now, the company is testing parts for its Ford Performance race car division, but 3D-printed parts could be used for mass-market cars and trucks in the future.
New UK innovation centre
Ford has chosen the UK as the location for its development of smarter transport shrugging off any concerns over Brexit. The car brand's European smart cities research centre will based at Here East, the business hub in Stratford's Olympic park which is also home to BT Sport, University College London, and the newly opened Plexal tech hub.
Ford has already dipped a toe or two into the future. Last year, it bought Chariot, a San Francisco ride-sharing service that uses Ford Transit 15-seat vans. This year, Ford announced that it’s investing $1 billion in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence and robotics outfit founded by former Google and Uber engineers. They will work on software for Ford’s first fully autonomous vehicle, which the company says it will launch in 2021.