The future of Electric Vehicles is here, yet for a number of us the outdated fear of a flat battery and range anxiety is still looming over us. It was only recently that Sara Sloman, who takes the driving seat in making the change to Zero Emissions, stopped at a very busy M6 motorway service station in Stafford, where there wasn’t one single EV charger in use. Yet, there were queues outside the door for the services and even an electronic billboard advertising, none other than an internal combustion engine vehicle, right above the EV chargers…
This is just one of many, many examples of how the flat battery fear is a misconception of reality, whilst all the latest models abolish the range anxiety as a car such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E can reach 370 miles. As Sara herself said, it’s like the fear of going to a party ‘what if no one likes me?’ (you’ve been invited and there’s always a bunch of fun people there!)… what if I have nothing to wear? (you have a wardrobe full of clothes)… well, what if the world moves forward and you don’t?
• Electric Vehicle (EV) which is a full battery vehicle
• Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) which features a full-size internal combustion engine along with an electric motor and battery pack; at low speeds the car will use the battery and then let the ICE kick in once you speed up
• Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) which is unsurprisingly a mild version of the HEV, the main difference being a mild-hybrid is unable to power a vehicle by itself for an entire journey
• Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle which, yes you guessed it, is a vehicle which features a batter you have to plug-in to charge up. The beauty of having a larger battery means you can travel further at zero emissions, sometimes up to 30 miles
The Mustang has been an innovator throughout its 55 years, so it comes as no surprise that one of the first Ford vehicles to feature a fully electric design, is the Mustang. The revolutionary Mach-E is a natural evolution of the world-famous Pony Car as electric vehicles and SUVs are starting to become the present of passenger transport.
Still boasting distinctively Mustang design and features, including three cluster lights, the unmistakable Mustang logo front and centre of the grill and a 0-60mph range in under 5 seconds.
The Ford Kuga is available with a Hybrid and Mild-Hybrid powertrain, providing you with a great freedom of choice. The powerful SUV combines unrivalled performance with a highly-desired style both inside and out.
Inside, the Kuga has received a upgrade which provides maximum comfort and increased spaciousness and flexibility along with FordPass Connect embedded modern technology that allows drivers more control over their drive and turns the vehicle into a mobile hotspot for streaming entertainment on the go.
When it comes to demanding more, the Tourneo and Transit Custom are one step ahead. The rise of online shopping and increased popularity for staycations has seen us, as a nation, carrying more in our vehicles. Whether that’s parcels or people, increased space in your vehicle has never been so important.
Whilst the Ford Tourneo Custom boasts an impressive 30 different seating configurations across the three rows, the Ford Transit Custom features class leading load space and access. Ensuring that as you demand more, your vehicle brings more.
Arguably the most elegant estate car there is yet. The Ford Mondeo Hybrid takes a leap into the present and offers the best of both worlds with two sources of power. Seamlessly switching from the electric motor to the ICE when required, the premium fuel efficiency has been a much-desired addition.
An active grille shutter allows for astounding aerodynamics and a quick clear windscreen provides the upmost convenience on those frosty mornings, which makes this the most sophisticated Ford Mondeo yet…
Pursuing perfection, the Puma which is available as a mild-hybrid is an SUV inspired compact crossover which offers uncompromised load space alongside a sporty and charismatic design. The efficient EcoBoost hybrid powertrain combines a three cylinder 1.0ltr EcoBoost petrol engine with a 11.5kW belt-driven integrated starter/generator to deliver up to 155 PS.
Whilst confidence-inspiring safety features such as the Ford Co-Pilot360 Technologies and enhanced convenience of FordPass Connect allows you to take more control of your drive.
The formidable Focus has come a long way in the last 10 years as there is now double the power available in the hybrid of that that was in the 145ps 2.0 litre petrol engine 10 years ago. Powered with a combination of a 48-volt battery pack and the famous 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine which musters up to 155 PS of power, it’s not hard to see why the Focus is proving a much-desired addition to the electric range.
One of the latest arrivals to the architecture of the Ford electric vehicles is the award-winning Ford Fiesta. Equipped with SYNC3 to make life easier, a B&O sound system to make journeys more entertaining and an openable panoramic roof to make every drive more enjoyable. Complete with a 125 PS EcoBoost engine that improves fuel efficiency by almost 5% compared to the petrol equivalent and a devilish design that echoes the fierce Fiesta style.
They aren’t the only models to boast a mild-hybrid powertrain either as the Kuga, Tourneo Custom, Transit Custom and Transit are also available with this combination of engine and electric motor. For some, this is the first step into an electric car which quickly turns into a plug-in or fully-electric vehicle. The beauty of the mild-hybrid is how it gently shows you how much you could save with greater fuel efficiency and how effortless electric vehicles make the drive.
Fortunately for you, TC Harrison Ford have on-hand knowledge and experience of all of our electric options, from the popular Ford Puma to the fully-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E. Don’t stop and wait for the world to have changed. Be part of the present and make the change.
Zero emissions is the future. Electric vehicles are the present.