Frequently Asked Questions on Hybrid & Electric Cars

What electric Ford cars are available?

The Ford car lineup is committed to providing 15 fully electric models by 2022, incorporating all the key vehicles in the manufacturer’s selection such as the Ford Fiesta, Focus, and even a Mustang inspired all-electric SUV that will be arriving soon.

Does Ford have an electric vehicle?

Ford has committed more than $11 billion towards the production of electric vehicles, pledging to offer 15 fully electric models by 2022. Of this 15, nine are expected to be available to purchase in 2019, with a thrilling new SUV - inspired by the iconic Mustang - arriving in 2020.

Once available, the electric vehicles from Ford will be simple to charge, with the manufacturer committed to providing some of the best solutions available. A Ford Walbox can be fitted at home enabling you to charge overnight, while public and destination charging points - of which more than 100,000 are available across Europe - provide plenty of opportunity to top up your charge.

What is Ionity?

A joint venture between Ford, BMW Group, Daimler and the Volkswagen Group, Ionity is a cross-Europe network for high-powered fast vehicle charging.

What is a hybrid car?

A hybrid car is a vehicle that combines a traditional combustion engine with a battery-powered electric motor. The result is a more efficient drive and lower CO2 emissions.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

The length of time it takes to charge a vehicle depends on both the model and where it’s being charged. Typically, you will be able to undertake a quick charge that replenishes the battery in 30 minutes, or a full charge which happens overnight and may take anywhere up to 12 hours. You will be advised on the charge time at the time of purchase.

Are electric cars better for the environment?

Absolutely. By choosing an all-electric car, you will be able to drive a model that produces zero CO2 emissions - i.e. you will not be polluting the environment when at the wheel. Not only that, but with some electric vehicles being charged using renewable sources, you will further be able to reduce your carbon footprint.

How do hybrid cars work?

Hybrid vehicles provide greater efficiency and lower emissions by combining a traditional petrol or diesel engine with a battery powered electric engine. These rechargeable batteries provide increased efficiency and enable you to burn less fuel to operate.

How far can an electric car go?

As electric vehicle technology becomes more and more refined, the range provided by such vehicles is continuing to increase. In the selection of electric cars being developed by Ford, you can look forward to a range of up to 370 miles from a single charge.

How do electric cars work?

Quite simply, an electric car replaces a traditional combustion engine with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. These provide an electric current that powers the vehicle, and doesn’t require the burning of any fuels or carbon emissions. What’s more, the delivery of power is instantaneous, and you can drive without any gear changes - just smooth motoring all the way.

Are electric cars cheaper?

While the price you may pay for a new electric car may seem expensive, it actually works out far more affordable in the long run. After all, you can benefit from government grants, zero road tax, no congestion charges, no fuel costs and, with fewer mechanical components needing fixing and replacing, lower vehicle maintenance charges.

Are electric cars automatic or manual?

Unlike traditional combustion engines, electric cars do not require a traditional gearbox of any kind. As such, the smooth motoring and fixed-ratio transmissions enable you to enjoy effortless motoring that is clean and efficient.

Are hybrid cars better for the environment?

In comparison to models featuring just standard combustion engines, absolutely. The combination of electric motor and traditional engine enables you to enjoy greater fuel efficiency but also reduced CO2 emissions, thereby mitigating the effect you’re having on the environment.

How fast can an electric car go?

The speed of an electric car is dependent upon the make and model. However, most models on the market today are comfortable reaching 90mph with a minimum of fuss.

What is regenerative braking?

Regenerative braking operates by using the electric motor as a generator, converting the energy usually lost when decelerating into energy that recharges the battery.

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

The cost to fully charge an electric car depends on the model and where you are charging. At home, a full charge will often cost approximately £8.40; at a rapid charging point, you can expect to pay approximately £6.50 for a 30-minute charge. Many public charging locations - such as workplaces and supermarkets - are often free of charge to use.

Are electric cars efficient?

It’s estimated that electric cars are up to three times more efficient than their fuel-powered equivalents. This is due to electric motors being able to convert energy into motion with 90% efficiency, compared to the 30% efficiency of a conventional model.