viernes, 25 de abril de 2008
Case in point Ford’s collaboration with Smith Electric Vehicles of the UK. Ford is supplying Smith with trucks and vans to be battery-electrified for the European and North American market. Of particular interest is Ford’s willingness to allow Smith to electrify a vehicle that will be a new to the Ford’s US offering by next year, the Transit Connect. In Ford’s showrooms soon the Transit Connect will be a conventionally-powered small, car-based mini-van. In Smith’s showrooms by 2009 it will be the Ampere. On the street, to casual observers, the quiet, pollution-free Ampere will appear as though Ford has gotten into the electric vehicle business.